When thinking about summertime, my mind goes to one of two places – the beach or the pool. Regardless, the scenery includes a cold Margarita, sunshine and even palm trees. Does that make me odd? Eh, oh well…
Palm tree leaves may remind you of summertime too, or if you’re a devout Catholic, even Palm Sunday. And now, whether you realize it or not, palm leaves have begun to appear in decor and interior design – mostly in the form of fabric or wallpaper. I am obsessed with this print for many reasons, besides it’s light, naturalistic feel, it’s bright shades of green are refreshing against my white and grey bed spread.
Being me, y’all know I cannot and will not overpay for something that can be made for much, much left. You already know where I’m going, as a “College girl with a knack for gaining the finer things in life at a decent price” – (me). This pillow is no exception.
Let me take you on a little research journey when I realized this price was a bit too much for a pillow… and then how you can get the same exact thing for so much cheaper.
Target // Houzz // MicaBlue’s Etsy
So, as you can see, the three top shopping hits are very different in pricing points which is first red flag – what makes the one from Target so much cheaper from the one at Houzz? Besides the size or quality, it’s pretty evident immediately that this pillow can be made (at variations, of course) at a much cheaper price than one might first assume, if they were to only view Houzz’s option.
Thus, began my quest… I faced two challenges:
WHERE TO FIND SIMILAR FABRIC
WHAT’S BEST FOR MY “NO SEW” TALENT
For the record, I know how to use a sewing machine, and hand sew, but alas my machine is at my parent’s and I have no patience for the art of hand sewing a lumbar pillow. That’s when I decided to give fabric glue a try, it’s worth noting this was my first time using it as well.
I’ve used fusible bonding for a lumbar pillow before, but it didn’t hold well at all, maybe it was the brand I used but maybe you’ll have better luck at it if you opt for the fuse over the glue.
SUPPLIES FOR THE NO SEW LUMBAR PILLOW:
- 1 Yard of fabric (2 is a little big, but may be appropriate for a California King-sized bed)
- Fabric liquid glue (extra strength if available)
Before I dive into the steps, I should note just HOW cheap these supplies are – the fabric was $5.00 because it was calico and those are always 30% off at Hobby Lobby, the glue was $4 and there’s more than enough to use for future projects. Oh and probably the biggest budget hack of all – I used the stuffing from old pillows that we no longer use or I didn’t like. Otherwise, you can just purchase pillow stuffing at a craft store.
STEPS FOR THE NO SEW LUMBAR PILLOW:
- Fold the fabric long-way or “hot-dog” style, with the right sides together, meaning the wrong sides are on the outside, so the pillow cover is inside out
- Glue along one short side, being generous with the glue, and press down to even out fabric and let dry for about 3 minutes
- Continue along the long side, going by sections to ensure evenness and control over the glue
- Leave the last short side open, note that you only glue one long side since the other is at the fold and won’t need any kind of binding
- Flip the cover inside out
- Begin filling the cover using the short side that is not glued, pushing all the way to the bottom and filling it slowly and fully. While you go, look for spots you may have missed on the already glued sides and get those pesky spots
- Continue until the cover is full and fluff, but don’t over-do it, it isn’t stitched so you don’t wanna push the glue too much
- Flip the two edges in, and glue together to create the same finished seam like on the other two sides
- Let dry and double-spot check for missed glue spots, seal, dry and let it roll
Simple, easy, and in my opinion the liquid fabric glue is much sturdier in comparison to the fusible bonding tape that you iron together. I really like the colors, like I mentioned earlier, and being able to replicate a $60 pillow for $10 is pretty darn awesome too.
What about you? What do you prefer? Liquid glue or bonding tape? Or what have you used as an alternative to sewing? Share below and let everyone in if you have some nifty dollar-saving decor tips.
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