I found these cloth napkins at my local Home Goods and fell in love with the pattern and colors. I thought they would be perfect for adding some subtle Fall colors to my outdoor patio. They came in a package of 4 for $9.99. I decided to make them into pillows, using “Natalie method”. I have never taken the time, nor do I have the patience, to sit down and sew, so this method of making pillows works perfect for me! Below are they cloth napkins that I chose. They are 20″ in size.
There are really only 3 steps to making these pillows. Iron, glue, and stuff…so simple. This Fabri Tac glue is my favorite glue of all time. It does have an odor but works like a dream to seal up fabric. It also works for so many other things. I have mostly used it with upholstery projects to add trim and then projects such as these. I’ve had questions about whether or not I have washed my pillows after gluing them and I have not. One bottle lasts for many projects, so the cost is worth it when weighing all of the projects that can be completed with just one bottle.
I put a small line of glue all along the edge of the napkin, completing one side at a time so that I would not accidentally get glue on other parts of the pillow while sealing the sides together. I held each area for about 30 seconds. I left about 5 inches on one side of the pillow unsealed with no glue until after I had it stuffed. After each side was glued, I let the “pillow” sit for about 30 minutes before I stuffed it, just to make sure it was dry. I used this Poly Fil stuffing. And then after it was stuffed to my desire, I sealed up the area that I had left open to stuff the pillow.
I love the way that they turned out and they allow for just the amount of color pop that I was looking for out here on my back patio. In the past, I have also made pillows out of 2-ply placemats. These are even easier, if that is possible. All I had to do to the 2-ply placemats was to tear out a small section on one side of the stitching, stuff the pillow with Poly Fil and then seal that small section back up with the same Fabri Tac glue. That small section then no longer has stitching but it’s so small that no one will ever be able to tell. I love that this is a “cheaper” way to make myself some pillows, as we all know that throw pillows can sometimes cost half of our paycheck. I would love for you to comment below of what you think of my “napkin pillows”. And if you make some for yourself, please tag me on Instagram (@vintageporch), I would love to see them!
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