Occasionally I will see plush bathroom towels on sale at local department stores for an incredibly great price. The problem? My bathroom is already so full of them that the cabinets are bursting at the seams! Instead, I have come up with an easy way to create homemade throw pillows with plush towels that can be done by even the most beginning of crafter.
For this project, you will need:
- One large bath sheet per pillow, any color
- Coordinating colored thread
- Coordinating colored tassel rope
- Fiber fill or other pillow stuffing
- Black permanent marker
- Straight pins
- Velcro strip
- Fabric glue
- Sewing or embroidery machine
- Washing machine
- White vinegar (optional)
The best way to begin is to always wash and dry the towel before creating your pillow. If the towel is of a darker color, add three to four cups of white vinegar to the wash to prevent the color dye from bleeding. Gently press the towel with a warm iron to smooth.
With the ruler, measure a square that is 4 1/2″ by 4 1/2″. Mark the square using a black permanent marker. Repeat the process with a second square the same size.
Cut both squares out using scissors. Pin them face side together with straight pins. (Any remaining black marks from the permanent marker should be gently trimmed off.) Using the sewing machine and coordinating color thread, sew 1/2″ in around three sides of the fabric. Reverse the “pocket” of material you have just created.
Trim the Velcro piece to be as long as the top un-sewn part of your throw pillow. Separate the two pieces of Velcro. Apply a generous amount of fabric glue to the back of one half of the Velcro piece. Gently press the piece horizontally to the top of your pillow. Let the glue dry. Turn the pillow over and repeat the process with the coordinating piece of Velcro.
Carefully “stuff” your pillow with fiber fill or other pillow stuffing. (Use more for a firmer pillow, or less for a softer pillow.) Using the scissors, trim the sewn sides of the pillow so that the Velcro pieces can fold down to meet. Attach the Velcro together and smooth with your fingers to seal. Your new towel throw pillow is complete!
TIP: This project also makes an easy pillow cover for existing pillows. Simply measure the size of the pillow and insert the existing pillow instead of using fiber fill.