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How To Make Your Own Pillows from DISH TOWELS {Part 2, in which you get to meet my special friend}

January 8, 2014

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Welcome back! When I last left you, I was explaining that I was completely stumped when it came time to closing my DIY throw pillow cover that I made from dish towels, which looked like this at that stage:

If you missed Part 1 of this post, which walks you through the steps to get you to the point pictured above, you can check it out HERE.

I knew I did not want to see the stitching and I was pretty sure the stitch I wanted to use was called a blind stitch.  So, I did what any good DIYer would do.  I GOOGLED how to sew a blind stitch.  I came across a wonderful tutorial by Amy at Positively Splendid {it's a fabulous blog that you should check out if you haven't already}.  Click HERE to see Amy's tutorial.  I also went on to YouTube and watched a few videos.  It looked “sew” easy {pun intended}.

First, let's review what a beautiful blind stitch SHOULD look like.  Here is how Amy's at Positively Splendid turned out.  GORGEOUS.


Source:  Positively Splendid

After struggling with my needle and thread for over 45 minutes, this is what mine looked like.

WOW.  How bad is that?!  Epic fail, folks.  I quickly decided that hand sewing is NOT a talent I possess and moved to Plan B after using a seam ripper to eliminate the evidence of my epic fail and remove the not-at-all blind stitch.


Oh, how I love my special friend hem tape.  It has helped me out of “sew” many binds.  I followed the directions on the hem tape {basically: heat iron, place hem tape between pieces of fabric, iron to fuse surfaces, turn off iron, do happy dance}.  And about 1 minute later, my beautiful pillow was done.  A minute after that, my second beautiful pillow was done.

Finish pillow with hem tape

Ahhhh, thank you hem tape.  I love you.  I really do.

And here is the finished product.  I LOVE the girls' dish towel pillows.  Do you?  Have any of you had better luck with sewing a blind stitch?  What is your secret???  Is it magic?

PS- Do you see the adorable personalized pillows and upholstered headboards behind the finished dish towel pillows?  We made those ourselves too!  Tutorials coming soon, so please check back.  Better yet, follow me on Facebook, Bloglovin, Twitter or Google + so that you never miss a post.

Love this DIY Dish Towel Throw Pillow Cover! I hate the blind stitch too! This looks way easier!


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  1. Debbi says:

    You are the funniest ‘barrister’ I’ve ever known, lol…Here’s another easy way my Granny taught me who was a fab seamstress! Right sides together of two tea towels that are wider than your insert, like yours was. Instead of cutting off fabric, take two already sewn edges and overlap, in the center back of pillow creating an envelope fold, by about 3-4 inches. Trim, cut and sew the other three sides, like you perfectly described. Now….when the mood, kiddos age or change of seasons strike – voila, easy to remove the no sewn closure to either launder or to replace using another fabric!! Reuse, redo, redesign made simple!! ?

  2. Cathy Buyrn says:

    I have discovered the absolute best solution to covering anything in fabric!!! It is the envelope cover. I’ve even used it to recover my outdoor dining chair cushions. Now I can take off any pillow or cushion cover and wash it. This is the best cheat ever!!!! No blind stitching required.

  3. Stacy Acevedo says:

    I love your blog. I especially love your sense of humor. The pic of your blind stitch success with the caption “NAILED IT” had me laughing out loud. I’m on my way to costco to have my favorite photos enlarged to try your canvas photos DIY. I have been wanting to try this forever, and even thought I’d just blow some pics up, stick them on canvas and be…we’ll, if not happy dancing, at least done. What do you think about ‘wrapping’ the edges with the excess size, instead of painting a border? Have a great day!!! Wish me luck! So happy I found your blog today! (I use excessive punctuation without prejudice!)

    • Hi Stacy! Than you so much! I think wrapping the edges is a fabulous idea, BUT I have always been concerned about if the wrapped edges would lay flat enough to really adhere to the canvas. Does that make sense? But you should totally give it a try! If it works, I think it would look amazing and even more like a realistic canvas. Thanks so much for reading my blog–I’m glad you found it, too! PS- I, too, use excessive punctuation and LOVE IT!

  4. I love this…so simple but makes a stunning pillow. Would never have thought to use the fabric from a tea towel!! Great inspiration!

    • Tasha says:

      Thank you so much, Janice! I really can’t get over how much I love these pillows. I am so glad I saw these dish towels at Ikea. The colors totally caught my eye!

  5. Great idea with the hem tape. I promise that if I tried to blind stitch a pillow closed it would look EXACTLY like yours!

  6. Your pillows are gorgeous! I love it that I’m not the only one who cannot do a blind stitch.

    • Tasha says:

      Thank you, Glenna! Ha, ha! Believe me, I am glad that I am not the only one. I had no idea it was a problem other people had! I feel so much better now.


  8. What a great idea to avoid those darn blind stitches. When I made our upholstered dining chairs, I had to do a blind stitch on each side of all four chairs. I wanted to pull my hair out. By the third chair, I finally was happy with how it turned out. I wish I could give you some tips, but I was flying by the seat of my pants the whole time.

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