Isn’t it great?! In high school I picked up this old tapestry from a local flea market, then tucked it away in the depths of a closet where I found it a few years into college. I thought about putting it up on a wall, but what I really needed was a big pillow. Some inspiration...
Great teal bedspread from a post on House of Turquoise:
Love this as a cover for a sofa, too (via the blog Honey & Fitz):
This headboard is from the bedroom of Grace Bonney (of the great blog Design*Sponge):
After a bit of research, I learned that this type of textile is made by the Otomi people in the Mexican state of Hidalgo. There are so many options other than simply textiles: dresses, purses, you name it. And purchasing from certain sources also benefits the tribe--doing good deeds while beautifying a room!
Because I had a pretty neutral background (white bedspread and sheets, wood furniture, white walls), I thought this color-charged tapestry would give me just the right happy feel that I wanted in my room. I enlisted my dear mother to turn the tapestry into a pillow by sewing on a big piece of red duck cloth that we had on hand as the back and stuffing it with cotton.
I love projects like this that make such a big difference but are so simple to do—especially when we’re talking throw pillows! This can easily be replicated for small or big pillows, too.
Another wall hanging, very much like mine:
Placemat--could be made into a small pillow:
Of course, having a sewing machine is largely helpful for this project. Sewing by hand, using small stitches, would also work—just want to make sure that the stitches are set in from the edge of the fabric by about 1" so that the stuffing can’t peek through. (Do I sound like Martha Stewart?? YIKES) In retrospect, I would make an envelope pillow (great instructions from Jenny at Little Green Notebook here) and use a standard pillow insert instead of stuffing.
Or, of course, there are options to buy for yourself, like these from the same eBay search:
From One Kings Lane:
From the etsy shop mentioned above:
Just used this gorgeous pillow from Roberta Roller Rabbit in a project and LOVE the yellow tassels:
Do you have any pillow DIYs you’d like to see featured on The Spoonful?? Contact me here or post in the comments below!