While knee deep in organizing the basement a few weeks back, I uncovered a stash of black pillows. I”m pretty sure these lived a former (short) life on my screened back porch because they are in great shape (details on that space over here.). Yes, it sounds like I don’t even recall procuring these pillows and that would totally be the case. You see, I, apparently, am a pillow hoarder. What seems like thousands of them call my house home; there’s no chair, settee, sofa, etc that doesn’t have at least two of these darlings sitting atop of it. I love them all. It’s a disease and I’m waiting for the 12 step program.
Moving on … yes, I’m not really sure that I care where they came from … but, nonetheless … JACKPOT! With a mile long list of projects for the new backyard patio, I knew these would be perfect. To achieve a more fun look and to coordinate with my new stripe planters, I set out to turn the plain black pillows into polka dot perfection.
The idea hit when I made a trip to the brand, spankin’ new Walmart near my house. I’m not one to frequent Walmart all that often, but the promise of it being “a really good Walmart” from friends was enough to spark my interest. I wandered through the craft section (surprisingly really good stuff to be found here – fyi) and spotted these…
Two packs of the poms and less than $5 later, I had my supplies and was ready to get to work. I started in the center of the pillow and did rows of 3 or 4 poms across the pillow. Just a few quick stitches through and around the pom held it very securely. My technique was to tie a knot in the thread and then thread the pom through the center of the pom. Secure it to the pillow by grabbing a little of the pillow fabric. Then, swoop (technical term) around the side of the pom and go back through the center of it. I did this 3-5 times each pom and then simply tied off my thread with a knot.
I was really thrilled with this approach because once I had the hang of it, it moved very quick. And, I knew that if it the poms didn’t hold up to the weather outdoors, I could always cut these and save the nice, black pillows. Once I had a look at the finished project I had a hard time deciding where to put these gals. They are too cute! I just love polka dots and knew that these would be perfect several places around my house. (((how cute would these be for a little girl’s room in pink???))))
Stay tuned to see if they made it to the patio!
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