Customize pillows for your sofa, bed, and more with these super easy embellishment ideas.
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.
Get cozy with felt! Embellish a pillow with geometric felt shape cutouts, using machine stitching and handstitching to attach. Play with the placement and color scheme to create a pillow that fits your decor.
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.