Give plain pillows an instant facelift with ruffles. Make the ruffles from purchased jersey fabric or repurpose a T-shirt -- these fabrics don't ravel, so you don't need to finish the edges. Cut fabric 1 to 1-1/2 inches wide. Use your fingers to scrunch the fabric into ruffles as you stitch down the middle with a sewing machine.
You don't need to be a stitching whiz to make embroidered designs. Start simple and stick with a single type of stitch to create designs on a pillow. Here, we used a sunflower leaf, but almost any shape will do.
Showcase gorgeous doilies and other bits of handiwork on a new pillow. Simply tack the lace remnant onto an existing pillow with hidden stitches, and you can create a one-of-a-kind look.
Don't settle for plain shams. Dress up a pair with freehand embroidery. Here, we used embroidery floss in a simple split stitch to create a pattern that radiates like the sun's rays from one corner of the sham. What's the trick to success? Use all six strands of the floss for more visible stitching.