Decorating with Pillows & A Giveaway

When my husband and I announced our engagement to my parents over 15 years ago, my dad said to my husband, “Congratulations! Now, get ready for the explosion of pillows you’ll have everywhere in your home. Whenever you want to sit or lie down, there will be a mountain of pillows you’ll have to move first.”

Haha!  Yes, my dad knows me well.  After all, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. My mom is a pillow lover too.

Like her, I’m very much a believer in the saying, “Pillows are like jewelry for your home.” That’s why I jumped at the chance to be a part of this wonderful “Fun with Fabric” tour that includes 19 creative and talented bloggers who will be showing you 19 different decorator pillows.

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The tour is sponsored by Online Fabric Store who provided us with pillow forms and one yard of fabric so we could create beautiful decorator pillows of our own.  Even better, OFS is giving away TWO $100 gift cards to OFS.  (Entry details are below.)

I chose this gorgeous toile fabric by Covington called, “Vauxhall” in java.


I love a good toile and this one is so vibrant and beautiful.  I thought it would be a good fit in my living room.

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I love how it turned out and I think it looks great against my blue and white ticking pillow and neutral fabric chair.

decorative pillows

Yes, I used my sewing machine to make this pillow.  And, I plan to give you a basic pillow tutorial one day very soon for those of you interested in learning how to make your own.  I didn’t do it today, because I decided to get a little “fancy” with this one by making my own cording and I don’t consider it a “starter” pillow project.  

However, you need to know two very important things:

  1. Sewing simple pillows is super, duper easy.  Really!  I think every home decor lover should know how to sew their own because it’s such as easy way to add some pretty “jewelery” to your home.  Yes, you can buy inexpensive pillows at big box and discount stores, but sewing your own gives your home a custom look for a fraction of the price.   I will be back to share my easy “how to sew a pillow tutorial” at the end of the week.  In addition, I know some of the lovely ladies on this tour will be sharing pillow tutorials with you as well so please be sure to check them out (the list is at the end of this post).
  2. If you have no interest in learning to sew and you don’t own a machine, Online Fabric Store has ready-made pillows you can order here.

This one caught my eye:


Leeton Citron Floral pillow Online Fabric Store

Isn’t it pretty?  They have a lot of other decorator pillows to choose from and there is no sewing required!

The Online Fabric store has a huge selection of high-quality decorator fabrics as well a lot of trims, pillow inserts and other sewing supplies.  And, I just have to gush a little about the pillow form I received.  It. Is. Fabulous.  

toile fabric pillow

You see, I requested a feather insert because this is the room my family lives in.  And, instead of simply removing a pillow from a chair or couch, my kids just sit on top of it.  They squish it down and scrunch it into shapes that are unrecognizable.  The wonderful thing about a feather pillow is that no matter how mis-shapen it becomes, you can just fluff it back up and, voila, it looks like new!

This is the form I received from OFS and not only is it wonderfully soft and luxurious feeling, it is very well priced!  


Feather pillow form from Online Fabric Store

I am really impressed!

I have another pillow project on deck, so I will be back later in the week with my simple pillow-sewing tutorial.  Until then, I hope you’ll enjoy seeing what the other ladies on the tour made.  Every fabric is different and each pillow will be styled differently, so if you’re a pillow lover like me, you’ll want to visit each blog!

Also don’t forget to enter for a chance to win one of two $100 gift cards to Online Fabric Store!


*I was provided fabric and a pillow insert to complete this post but all opinions are my own.

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44 Responses to Decorating with Pillows & A Giveaway

  1. Julie,
    I love the fabric you chose! The toile is so classic. You did a beautiful job and the cording is gorgeous.

  2. looks like a perfect pillow! i had no idea you were a pillow lover. Funny my kids do the same thing. My hubby will often say “why do you even bother with pillows”?

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  4. Sharon Hines says:

    I’m a big fan of toile, too. The pattern you picked is very pretty and looks great with the ticking pillow. You can’t go wrong with ticking and toile!

  5. Kathy says:

    Love your fabric choice. I love toile, but this one is particularly lovely. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Lisa S. says:

    Any of the ticking prints – completely addicted to the simplicity of them!

  7. Diana Lucas says:

    Julie, Your pillow is so pretty. Especially like the contrast up against the blue and white stripes. I also love down inserts-wouldn’t have any other kind anymore.

  8. Jill Jones says:

    Love the heftier cording. Thanks for the resource on a good quality pillow insert, too. The toile is always a terrific choice, isn’t it?

  9. Meegan Fast says:

    What a gorgeous choice of fabric. It is idea for your home and style, Julie. I love your Dad’s comment. It’s SO true!
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Make it a lovely week.

  10. Anne R says:

    I, too, am in love with pillows. Thank you for all of your inspiring ideas!!

  11. Anne R says:

    Oops! The pillow I adore is :
    OFS™ 16″ x 16″ Siderno Tan Lattice Decorative Pillow

    Thank you.

  12. Tina Voyles says:

    The Calpina Brown Script Decorative Pillow is lovely!

  13. Lauren says:

    So many wonderful pillow choices! The Calpina Brown Script Decorative Pillow is my favorite, though it was hard to choose. Thank you for the opportunity to win a gift card to the Online Fabric Store!

  14. I love the fabric that you chose, it is so elegant and has the prettiest colors. Adding cording to the pillow gives it such a finished look. Great project!

  15. Jackie Buford says:

    I loved the Jarrow Brown Squares 16″ x 16″ pillow. Thank you for this great give-a-way!

  16. I would have chosen that fabric too…it is gorgeous!!…Love the pattern and colors…great giveaway!

  17. Carol says:

    I love this fabric, I am redoing my bedroom and this would be magical!!!

  18. Linda says:

    I just love the Victorian inspired pillow!

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  20. Teri says:

    great giveaway!

  21. Cathy says:

    Love the Script pillow…anything French Country trips my trigger.

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  23. Vanessa says:

    I love this fabric. The pillow is beautiful done.

  24. I always love a good toile too! This was one of the fabrics I was considering for my pillow. Great choice! And I love the cording. It adds such a nice touch. Thanks for the inspiration! ~ Angie

  25. linda jenkins says:

    Julie, I love OFS. I just ordered fabric from them to make drapes for my great room. Just finished drapes for my dining room and I ordered the fabric from them also. A $100. gift certificate would be very useful. I lover all of the fabrics, mosty toiles and florals.

  26. Dandi D says:

    My favorite is the OFS™ 16″ x 16″ Odell Gray Embroidered Decorative Pillow.

  27. Gorgeous pillow Julie! The fabric is so rich and gorgeous looking especially with the fancy cording you put around it. P.S. A girl can never have to many pillows to fluff. ha!

  28. Carmen Tucker says:

    Beautiful! I would love to win the giveaway! By the way, where is your chair from? I love the chair too!

  29. Julie Collins says:

    I love me some pillows lol! What a great giveaway AND I LOVE the toile pillow!!!

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  32. rust says:

    The OFS™ 16″ x 16″ Castalia Blue Paisley Decorative Pillow is one of my favorites.

  33. Tami Michel says:

    Great fabric choice and beautiful cording ! Well done!

  34. Love your fabric choice, Julie! You did a great job!

  35. Beautiful!!! I can’t wait for the tutorial! I’m a toile fanatic. This pattern is so fun! ~Christy

  36. Beth says:

    Beautiful fabric choice Julie!!!


  37. rust says:

    The OFS™ 16″ x 16″ Castalia Blue Paisley Decorative Pillow Fabric is my favorite.

  38. rust says:

    I would love to own the OFS™ 16″ x 16″ Castalia Blue Paisley Decorative Pillow Fabric.

  39. ANNE MORGAN says:

    I am obsessed with pillows now….I have used ONE FABRIC STORE many times!!!

  40. ANNE MORGAN says:

    Like and follow everyone…WHEW!!! just in the nick of time!!!LOL

  41. rust says:

    I like the paisleys and the damasks, esp the OFS™ 16″ x 16″ Castalia Blue Paisley Decorative Pillow Fabric.

  42. The choice of pattern and fabric is very good.I can’t stop looking at the photos.They are really amazing.

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