Greetings to all you brilliant Miss Information readers out there! I’m happy to meet you. I’m Heather and I blog at The Heathered Nest. I’m thrilled to be the newest contributor here at Miss Information. This is a fantastic place to be, and a talented group to learn from and share with. Today I am going to show you how to DIY a No Sew Bolster Pillow.
Have you heard that saying about how a leopard can’t change its spots? Or maybe it’s a tiger can’t change his stripes. Whatever the saying, I’m glad to be neither a tiger nor a leopard. Although their coats are quite lovely, I feel like, after a while, I’d crave an outfit change. Because leopard print may be very trendy right now, but at some point, it’s going to go the way of all fads, and if that fad is permanently affixed to my back, then I’m not going to be a cheerful cat.
I am a girl, after all, and we women, on the whole, must admit to being, potentially, just a touch fickle (insert image of husband rolling eyes HERE). But I, for one wholeheartedly embrace this issue quality. Change, after all, is inevitable. Times change, tunes change, we have changes of heart, changes of mind, and in my house, at least, lots of changes in decor.
Today I want to share with you one of the simplest and CHEAPEST DIY’s ever (husband may be a bit “back on board” now that I’ve thrown that little nugget in, am I right?!) We are going to tackle a DIY, no sew, zero commitment, temporary bolster pillow cover. With this project, you can change out the cover to match your seasonal decor. I know! Fun, right? Here’s what to do…
First, if you don’t HAVE a bolster pillow, let’s MAKE one!
- Two bath towels OR an old flat-ish bed pillow
- Rubber bands
Step 1: Using EITHER a pillow (shown above) OR two stacked bath towels…roll em up the long way. Just like you’re packing up a sleeping bag after a horrible, uncomfortable night of camping and are ready to get the heck out of Dodge.
Step 2: Secure your roll with rubber bands. **Side note** Please DON’T look at my fingernails. I bite them mercilessly. I know it’s a horrible habit. We can deconstruct the psychology of that another time. But for now, just realize I’m no George Costanza, hand model extraordinaire.
Voila! We have a fancy (and free!) bolster.
And Kari Anne, from Thistlewood Farms, created this no-sew variety, which is secured with glue and/or some hand-stitching and made to be permanent, but it’s the same in terms of style to what I’m going to show you…
- Fabric remnant, scarf, or other creative material you’d like to use as a cover
- Rubber bands
- Safety pins (1-3)
Step 1: Wrap your fabric/scarf (INSIDE OUT) around your bolster so that it’s completely covered. *My scarf looks the same on both sides, but if your fabric does NOT, the bad side should be facing you at this point.*
Step 2: Grab the excess on one end at a time and secure each with a rubber band. When you’re done, you’re done, your bolster will look like a tootsie roll (like Miss Mustard Seed’s bolster linked above).
Step 3: Remove the cover, and flip right-side-out.
Step 4: Replace your bolster pillow into the cover, which has now been turned right-side out. Cover the bolster completely, and smooth out any lumps and bumps from the excess fabric that will now be inside the cover on either end.
Step 5: Secure the loose edge/seam with a safety pin, or several. And you’re DONE!
The whole process will take you about 3 minutes if you need to “construct” a bolster, or about a minute if you don’t.
So go ahead! Embrace those fickle feelings! Be a commitment-phobe! With a project that costs nada, and requires almost no time…why not?!
Like bolster pillows? ME TOO…check out my recent post about them (and this thing women seem to have with pillows). Wanna see what that burlap settee looked like before we gave her a makeover? It was a sad situation. Glad we got to spend a minute together today. Can’t wait to do it again soon!