1.18.2011

These ain't just any pillows!

So I wanted some Valentine Pillows and every store that I looked at was asking far too much. I decided that using the pillows that I already had would be the most cost affective so I tried to come up with some cute ideas for covering the pillows. The catch was that I wanted to have my normal pillows back after Valentine's Day was over. I can sew...on a very novas level. I can usually find something that I am interested in making and do it, but it's never the "right" way. I don't follow patterns because they are WAY more complicated...but the results are probably much cleaner! I decided that these pillows would be the perfect chance for me to figure out how to use zippers. Each zipper was $1.99 and the felt was 25 cents a sheet. The fabric cost was about $6 total. I was able to make four pillows (two light pink and two hot pink). The first zipper got a BEATIN'! I just had to laugh at how many times I had to take it off and try again (okay maybe 2 or 3 times but that's a lot!) By the fourth pillow...I was a pro. I'm sure that I am doing it completely BACKWARDS and a sewer would crack up at my technique BUT I got the job done and I am satisfied. The Love pillows are covers also but I bought those at Micheal for $3 each (there are 2). They fit perfect over the smaller accent pillows that I usually have on my couch.



Check out that zipper! Ahhh...so proud. When John came home from work I was so excited to show him what I had done. He was sweet but kind of just looked at me like...all girls know how to put in a zipper. That's because at his house all girls could put in a zipper...and much much much more. His mom and sisters rock at sewing projects! He doesn't get it...but that's okay!
These flowers took a while to make.

I used the leftover felt to make this heart swag!

And the lanterns...I thought that I had ordered more than I did...but made do with what I had.

I found this idea on Martha Stewarts website...Hailey and I did them together...they were very fun to make!
I am just about finished with my Valentine's Day projects. I have two more things that I am working on, but then we just get to enjoy them for the next month!

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17 comments:

Chablis said...

LOVE it all!!! So, so, so, so cute! You should sell those pillows in you etsy shop. :)

Jamie said...

Super cute!!

Michelle Kleine said...

absolutely beautiful!! I was going to tell you...if they have Valentine candy out...which they do...then it is NOT too early to decorate.
Glad you followed your desire to LOVE the holiday and not the January blahs.

Caryn said...

You have to tell me how you made the little flowers!!! I love them! Were they made out of felt? Because they looked kindof shiny. I am totally impressed with all of your valentine's day projects! I am totally inspired now. Thanks girl!

Stephanie said...

Um, I don't know how to do zippers. When I made my temple dress (I can sew, though), I ripped the zipper out many times. Finally, I took it home to ID that Christmas and my mom kindly fixed it for me - she's like John's mom - can do anything.

Danica said...

Wow! Amazing. Do I dare admit to you that I just put my Christmas decorations away today. I do have an excuse though. 11 weeks pregnant and not feeling well but still! Really girl, they are beautiful! Everything!

Colleen said...

Katrina! I love it all! You are such a creative gal!

Jones said...

you are SO crafty!! I do not know how to put in a zipper either :(

your house always looks so amazing :)

markusandemily said...

Very cute, Katrina!

Anna said...

Katrina--you are amazing!

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

Cute pillows! I love how they turned out! I am going to feature your pillows tomorrow.

And I love your heart felt garland. I made one exactly like it last year and just hung mine up today!

Thanks for linking up!
Ashley
www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

Alice said...

Glad I found your blog! Robert was just telling me last night about how awesome your decorations were. I'm so glad I got to see them too. He didn't describe them nearly well enough ;D.

Emily said...

I need those. I've wanted valentines decorations, but I haven't thought of anything except hearts taped to the window. You're my inspiration!

Nielsen Family said...

So cute!!! I love how you just figure it all out!

Sarah said...

OK, so I still have Christmas decorations out. But you inspired me to put out a Valentine decoration, too: one red heart-shaped plate in easel on kitchen counter. Thank you for the cute ideas and inspiration.

Radene said...

Katrina, I finally read the comment you probably posted forever ago on my singing time blog. It is great to see you!!! yes I remember you. You look great by the way, not a day older. Great job on your pillow projects ;-) and congrats on your new little one soon.

Rob and Andra Mahoney said...

WOW!!! The pillows and all your decorations are AWESOME!!! I love them!