Give Your Bedroom Joshua Tree Vibes With These Desert-Themed Pillows

Okay, check it: I JUST learned how to sew a couple of months ago. Granted, I had some basic knowledge and SORTA knew my way around a sewing machine, but I recently took a sewing boot camp class (at the amazing Workshop SF with the talented Jenny Lemons) to really lock it down. And with that, I wanted to test out my newly acquired sewing skills to add a little desert chic (it’s so hot RN) to the bedroom with some fun, colorful pillows. I’ll show you how to make three pillows - easy, medium and difficult - so you too can have a dreamy bedroom with some serious desert vibes. But please note this one caveat: The skill levels I’ve assigned to the pillows are based on my very entry-level sewing skills. Pro seamstresses could probably whip these out in no time. So, if you’re like me and want to get reacquainted with your sewing machine, scroll on and see how it’s done.


Alright y’all, if you can work a sewing machine in any basic capacity, you can make this pillow. Heck, you can even sew this one by hand if you have the time.

Materials and Tools:

  •  serape blanket 
  • sewing machine 
  • pillow stuffing 
  • fabric scissors 
  • pins

1. Fold the blanket in half and, depending on how large you want your bolster, cut off any excess material using the lines of the pattern as your guide.

2. While still folded in half, pin together and sew the cut ends together using a lockstitch, so it forms a tube.

3. Flip the fabric right-side out so the seam is on the inside of the tube. Position the tube so that the design is in front with the seam on the “back side,” and sew one end closed, creating a ¾-inch edge.

4. Fill the tube with pillow stuffing and pin the other end together. Sew closed, creating a ¾-inch edge, and you’re done!
This is totally an easy pillow to make. The best part is that the serape blanket is symmetrical, so fold the blanket in half and cut. Pin the ends together and use a lockstitch of choice to sew it together.
Now flip that B, and turn it right side out, so the seam is on the inside of the tube. Flatten your tube so that the center of the blanket is on one side and the seam is on the other. Seal one side of the tube with a ¾-inch seam.
Time to stuffffff!
Pin the open end closed and sew. Again, make sure you have a ¾-inch seam.
Bam! And you’re done! This one is easy as pie.   by:Lindsay Saito

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