If you're someone who likes to decorate during the holidays, but you also love to repurpose items as well, consider making some holiday throw pillows out of drapes. Create them any time of the year that you replace your drapes and pull them out to adorn your sofa and chairs during the holiday season. This guide explains the steps needed to make holiday throw pillows with your old drapes in seven steps:
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies and Set Up Your Work Area
Go to the store and pick up any of the following supplies that you don't already have at home:
- holiday iron-on decals
- ironing board
- thread the same color as the drapes
- sewing needle
- measuring tape
- pillow stuffing
Set up a workspace on a clean table so that your measurements and cuts are even.
Step 2: Clean the Drapes
Wash the drapes as instructed on the tag, keeping in mind that you may need to take them to the dry cleaners.
Step 3: Measure and Cut the Drapes
Measure the drapes according to your desired size and mark the area with a pencil. Cut the panel along the pencil mark with scissors. Do this twice, once for the front of the pillow and once for the back.
Step 4: Iron on the Decals
Lay the panels on the ironing board and follow the ironing instructions for the decals. Allow the decals to cool down before moving on to the next steps.
Step 5: Sew the Panels Together
Lay the panels together with the decals facing each other to help prevent exposing the thread. Thread the sewing needle and stitch together the panels with small, close together stitches.
Leave a few inches of the pillow open for stuffing. Note: Use a sewing machine if one is available to make the process go faster.
Step 6: Stuff the Pillow
Turn the pillow inside out so the decal side is showing. Place the desired amount of pillow stuffing into the pillow.
Step 7: Sew Together the Small Opening
Close the stuffing hole by sewing together the small opening with the needle and thread. Knot the thread and cut it off with the scissors.
Ask your drapery specialist if your current drapes are usable for other re-purposing projects when you purchase your new ones. If you're replacing your drapes during the non-holiday season, and want to wait to create holiday pillows, ask your drapery specialist about the best way to preserve them until you are ready. Share this with others who might be getting new drapes, so they too can re-purpose their old ones.
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