Solid-colored pillows look more distinctive when embellished with pretty pom-poms or buttons. Adding them to both sides of a cushion will prevent the thread from straining the fabric and tearing. The tufting will keep the fill in the insert from shifting, so the pillow will rarely need to be fluffed.
What a difference a little trim makes. Whether you choose pom-poms or fringe, embellishing a simple store-bought pillow is an easy, inexpensive way to have a big decorative impact. Our editors' go-to trim sources stock hundreds of styles -- pleated ribbon, rickrack, frog closures, leather cord, graphic jacquard, braided gimp, looped appliques, and all manner of tassels -- in dozens of dazzling colors.
Some tea towels are too lovely to be hidden away in kitchen drawers. That's why using these linens to create pillow shams is such a wonderful idea. The tea towels are just the right size to cover a boudoir pillow, but since the fabric designs are unusual, the pillows add a very special touch to a bed or sofa.
Traditionally, patchwork quilts are made from fabric remnants that are too small to be used in other sewing projects. But for this variation, three men's wool tweed sport coats are cut up to provide the fabric squares needed to make this cozy patchwork throw. To prepare the tweed for cutting, simply take apart each jacket at the seams; remove the lining and facing, if possible; and iron the pieces flat.