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Cloth Napkins turned into Pillow Covers

THANK YOU so much for all your nice comments on my Red, white and Blue Living room post, you are the best!

This post today is about the pillows in that room, if you happened to noticed them before (the eyes usually go to the window display),
those pillows were crafted from cloth napkins and big body pillows from Target, don't you love their clearance section! Less than three dollars for a set of four napkins or a looong pillow case and the possibilities are endless.

The long body pillow cover was cut to create two smaller covers, one of them using the zipper it came with, the other was given a Velcro closure. I even got remnants ;)

The cloth napkins were turned into envelope pillows this easy way:
1. Two napkins are sewn together on one of their sides, you can use Stitch Witchery if you don't have a sewing machine.

2. Fold it "envelope" style, right sides together and sew both sides.

3. Turn it right side out and go and stitch those flappy sides in place.

I decided to go with buttons to close them up, but I didn't want to deal with button holes on my pretty napkins, ahem pillows ;)  So, since I was working on lots of pillows for the guest room and I happened to have some leftovers of this red trim (don't worry is plain strong fabric folded and sewn together), that's what I used.

4. Attach 3" folded pieces of fabric as button closures to the envelope flap (right pic below).

5. Bring the flap over and mark the points where the buttons need to be attached.

6. Adding big buttons in a contrasting color is the final touch.

Four stylish pillow covers for under six dollars, not bad at all ;)

Here, once again adorning my living room, but if your eyes keep going to the window art, that's OK, you can go ahead and check how to do it right HERE.

Remember to visit those clearance aisles, you never know what might come out of those great finds  ;)


  1. Your creativity never ends Cristina and this one is perfect for your Americana living room!

  2. Usaste servilleta? Que creativa eres Cristina ! Me gusta mucho eso ojales y botones en color contrastantes con el azul

  3. I need to check Target clearance!! These are so adorable Christina! Pinned!

  4. Love these and love the price. Beautiful job!!

  5. So pretty! You are my kind of shopper!

  6. I found those same napkins at a thrift store and just used them for the first time this week in a tablescape. There's a good chance that when I disassemble the table they will become pillow covers. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  7. lovely! Now I need to go shopping :) Thanks for the great tute! If you haven't yet, pls stop by our Snickerdoodle Sunday and share. Ends 8am ET Tues.

  8. Very clever idea, Cristina! Thanks for sharing. I'm pinning this one so I can come back to this excellent tutorial.

  9. This is such a great idea!! May have to give them a try!

  10. What?! I can't believe these were napkins! You did a wonderful job. I'd love if you'd link up to The DIY'ers!

  11. good job! I love both projects. Your living room is ready for tomorrow. Happy 4th

  12. What a great idea to use napkins to make pillows - they are great as is your room. New follower from Feathered Nest Friday.

  13. I love the color combination that you picked. I need to head to Target stat!

  14. Great idea. I get so bored with my throw pillows - perfect solution!

    We'd love to have you join us for the Caffeinated Crafters link party -

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