fancy sequin pillow {tutorial}

This season is filled with shiny sequins. Have you noticed? They’re on sweaters, bags, curtains and pillows.  It’s a trend I’m really liking and have been wanting to add a little bit of sparkle in the form of sequins in our home.

stacked-sequin-pillows

My aunt was wearing a sequin tank top on Thanksgiving and she gave me the brilliant idea to cut apart a tank and use it to make pillows. Smart, right? So I took her advice and here’s how I did it:

sequin-pillow-materials

supplies

:: sequin tank top {like this one from Old Navy in size XXL for maximum fabric}

:: fabric for back {I used an oatmeal colored linen}

:: pillow form or two {mine are 12×18}

:: scissors, pins, thread, sewing machine

STEP ONE: cut apart the tank at the seams

cut-apart-shirt

STEP TWO: fold remaining fabric in half and cut for two equal pieces

cut-out-two

two-pillows

STEP THREE: cut out back material and pin right sides together

pin-pillow

Because the tank is made of stretchy jersey, I pulled slightly to the edges while pinning and sewing

STEP FOUR: straight stitch pillow making sure to leave an opening in the bottom

machine-sew

Backstitch several times at each opening to help hold the seams when stuffing with the pillow insert

STEP FIVE: turn right side out

turn-out-pillow

unstuffed-pillow

The pillow is a little wonky looking on its own, but all straightened out when the pillow form was added.

STEP SIX: hand stitch close

handstitch-pillow

The sparkle is so fun!

sequin-pillow-on-chair

two-chairs-with-sequin-pillows

If you are new to sewing, making pillows is one of the easiest projects to begin with. Just four straight stitches and you’re done! Plus, if you use inexpensive fabric {like a cut apart tank top} little harm is done if it’s a total flop. But, of course, it won’t be.

So here’s to fancy sequins and beginner sewing skills.

Will you be pillow-making this weekend?

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32 Responses to fancy sequin pillow {tutorial}

  1. Melissa December 14, 2012 at 6:33 am #

    What a great idea! I saw those tank tops at Old Navy on sale the other day. Now I need to make a trip.

  2. Shelley December 14, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    These are adorable & such a great idea! LOVE THEM!!!

  3. Amy @ a new old house December 14, 2012 at 6:44 am #

    I love the sequins, they’re so festive!

    I just made a pillow from a wool tank top that had beadwork… that was easy because the wool pretty much hid the stitches.
    http://new1790house.blogspot.com/2012/11/throw-pillow.html

    I think I might now be confident enough to try something a little fancier like this!

  4. breanne December 14, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    LOVE these pillows. Yes I will be making them this weekend! Thank you for the great idea.

  5. Jill December 14, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! Great idea – great project!! I’ll be checking out the racks, and even the clearance items, next time I’m in Old Navy. Great tip for perfect pillow fabric! :)

  6. Lynda December 14, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    Seriously SMART! I knew the second I saw the pattern what you used – I just purchased some of those tanks for gifts, and was planning on going back to Old Navy today – I’m totally inspired!

  7. Jennifer@The Chronicles of Home December 14, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    Great idea, Emily. Love this project!

  8. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline December 14, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    gorgeous!! love all the glitter and glimmer this year too! these are perfect!

  9. amber P December 14, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    that’s such a great idea! they turned out beautiful!

  10. Missy G. December 14, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    I LOVE IT!!

  11. Stacey December 14, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    Wow! What a great idea. You make me want to buy a sewing machine and learn to sew!

  12. Leilani December 14, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    I would need to buy TWO tanks. One to wear and one to pillow-ize. :)

  13. Aimee Jongejan December 14, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    You’re killing me!!! Running to Old Navy NOW!!!

  14. Jill M. December 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    I LOVE your chairs! Where did you get them from? I have been looking for chairs just like that for my living room.

    • emily December 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

      The chairs are from Ethan Allen. We purchased them four years ago {or so} and they have worn beautifully!

      • Jill M. December 17, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

        Thank you so much for the response, I will check them out.

  15. sara December 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    Perfect timing! I was just in Target last night and saw a beautiful aqua colored sequin tank and thought, I’d love to make this into a pillow. But then I kept on walking since I don’t need another project right now. But you make it look so simple so now I’m headed back to Target!

  16. Laura F. December 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    Now I know what to do with my tank, when I get tired of it. I have that very same one. Lovely pillow!

  17. Tania December 15, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    This is AWESOME. Love the idea of cutting up the tank. My daughter is turning 5 next month and would absolutely LOVE a pink sequin pillow. Thanks for sharing this.

  18. Kim M. December 15, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    LOVE the pillows!!! And your striped throw blanket!!! Where is the blanket from? Thanks so much. Merry Christmas!!!

    • emily December 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

      The blanket is from IKEA.

  19. Christa @ BrownSugarToast December 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    LOVE these!!! Someone gave me a sequin shirt that has a teeny hole in it. great gift, right? ;) lol! so I usually just wear it with a sweater – ha! but I may just have to recycle it into a pillow cover! Thanks!!

  20. Heather December 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Fabulous repurposing!!! They are beautiful.

  21. Kayla December 20, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    These turned out so cute!!! I love sparkles & love that you paired it with linen, even better!! LOVE THEM!

  22. Lori Ann December 29, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Where did you find that awesome table between your chairs? Oh, and my daughter will be getting a sparkly pillow for her bed! Thanks!

  23. Kim January 2, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    Where is the best place to buy pillow inserts? I love, love you pillows!!

    • emily January 2, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

      I like IKEA for down inserts. They have a limited selection of sizes, but a few good basics.

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