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Patchwork Tweed DIY Throw Pillows

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Updated August 04, 2016
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Patchwork Tweed DIY Throw Pillows
Patchwork Tweed DIY Throw Pillows
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Whip out your drawer full of off cuts and scraps, this tutorial for Patchwork Tweed DIY Throw Pillows will get you going DIY home decor crazy! Learn how to make a pillow cover that is a perfect fit for a man cave, boy's bedroom, playroom, or basement living. These are a comfortable and affordable way to decorate your house while on a budget and they're great for adding a personal touch to any room in your home. Your friends and family will enjoy lounging on these just as much as you enjoy making them. They also could be a few homemade gift ideas for a new homeowner or apartment owner.

Time to complete: Under an hour

Estimated Cost: $11-$20

Primary Technique: Sewing

Easy

DID YOU KNOW?

The modern day pillow, made of fabric and meant for comfort, has been around since the time of the ancient Greeks, but you wouldn't recognize what people called pillows before then. The earliest pillow dates back to ancient Mesopotamia, and it was a rock. The goal here was not comfort or neck support; instead, ancient Mesopotamians were concerned about keeping bugs from crawling in their ears and nose while they slept. This original pillow was a rock with a curved center, like a half-moon indent for the head to rest on.

 

Ancient Egyptians didn’t make many changes to the design of the pillow, but their rationale for its use was quite different. Egyptians viewed the head as a spiritual center in the body and therefore, it needed to be supported and protected—only for the wealthy, of course. These pillows were shaped similarly to the Mesopotamians’ design and were made of stone or wood.

 

The Chinese changed it up a bit by making their pillows ornate, though just as uncomfortable. Chinese pillows were made out of jade, porcelain, bamboo, and wood, and their purpose was to keep demons away. The Chinese also believed that a soft pillow would steal your energy while you slept. Thankfully, we don’t believe that anymore.

 

It wasn’t until ancient Greeks and Romans, with their taste for the comforts of life, that we find anything resembling the modern day pillow, meant for comfort and cushion. Their pillows were made of cloth and stuffed with straw or feathers.

 

The Industrial Revolution finally brought about the widespread use of pillows for all social classes. Through mass production, pillows became affordable enough for everyone to own one and decorative pillows became more popular. In the past, having decorative pillows for couches and beds had been a sign of status, but now they were accessible to the masses.

 

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These are really cute! My Grandma used to make patchwork quilts out of old suits and they looked exactly like these pillows! I like how these throw pillows look a bit more masculine and I really think that my fiance would like them in his "man cave." If you are considering making them, a good tip is to go to Value Village or the Thrift Shop and look for a couple of inexpensive pieces. Believe me, a little bit of fabric goes a long way with a project like this! There is no need to spend a fortune to have a really cute piece for your home.

Cushions can completely change a room and Im always on the look out for interesting and different designs. This one is such a great idea! Very stylish and the perfect gift for a male friend who is moving into new home next week. And what an great suggestion from 3cats2love to source tweed clothing from a flea market or thrift store. I know where Ill be going tomorrow!

A great home decor idea, and a guy-friendly design too. I could see repurposing tweed vests or jackets that are worn that you already have, or purchased at a discount from a flea market or thrift shop - no need to buy new tweed fabric if you don't want to.

These pillows would look perfect on my new couch! I can't wait to try them out :)

These pillows go with nearly everything, which is nice when you change up your room decor.

I like the fabric chosen for this pillow. It's nice and plain, yet still has just enough design to add a little something to the room.

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