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Easy Updated Throw Pillows

Easy Updated Throw Pillows

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A couple of weeks back I attempted to update my couch throw pillows.  Easy right?  Wrong, complete fail.  I planned on simply printing a couple designs on iron transfer paper then ironing them onto some pillow covers.  I would keep all my throw pillows and just jazz up the covers.  I think my first problem was that I used 10-year-old transfer paper.  Second, I didn’t really follow the directions.  I have a tendency to move quickly and think “how hard could this be?”.  So after a couple botched jobs I gave up.

This week I decided to revisit those pillows and it turned out marvelously!  Take a look at these easy updated throw pillows.

Easy updated throw pillows before and after

Replacing pillows can be expensive, but mine were in need of an overhaul.  My last living room had touches of green white and gray so the green pillows looked great.  In my new living room I have no green and the pillows have taken on some toddler art work. The black and cream pillows are in good shape, I’ve had them for years.  The red pillows started as something I pulled out at Christmas but they are so comfy that the family wouldn’t let me put them away.

Trying to save a little money and be creative I started searching for pillow covers.  I stumbled upon the jackpot at Hobby Lobby.  I don’t have one too near me but at $5 a pop I am happy to pay the shipping. I bought 2 yellow and cream chevron covers and 2 linen covers.  I decided to keep the black and cream pillows as it, I really do like them.

This time around I used my Silhouette to cut a design onto heat transfer vinyl them iron it onto my pillow cover.

hello sunshine throw pillow

I love how these all look together, different patterns and textures while still keeping the comfy pillows my family loves.

yellow and neutral throw pillows


hello sunshine silhouette throw pillow

A couple of tips from a Silhouette newbie.  I read the instructions and watched  a video on the heat transfer material.  I find the Silhouette videos very helpful, I am definitely a visual person.  However, I couldn’t get the material to stick! I finally figured out….

1)  Press really hard for 60 seconds on each piece of the design without moving the iron.

2) Let the plastic backing cool completely before pulling it off.  It stuck on there pretty good and I was a little afraid to pull it off, but it came off with most of the design stuck to the pillow cover.

3) Put a thin cloth back over the design and iron for a few more seconds.

4) Finally iron it inside out for a minute to finish adhering the design.

My whole living room feels bright and cheery, a few pillows really make a big difference.

What little changes have you made to liven up a room?

Thanks for visiting!

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