How to Make Ordinary Pillows Look More Expensive

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Looking to spruce up the appearance of your living room but are feeling a bit uninspired? If so, then you should give this hack a try. It’s the easiest way to take your existing pillows and turn them into something truly feminine and unique. We know that you’ll just love this floral-inspired DIY—the results are just perfect for spring!

Our host today, YouTuber Paola from the channel 30thenewblack, shows us how to make even the most inexpensive of pillows chic. In her video, she details how to make two different takes on this beautiful petal-filled project.

Before we dive right in, let’s be sure that we gather all of the proper materials first.

For this DIY, you will need:

  • A yard of satin fabric of your choice
  • Pillowcase
  • Fabric scissors
  • Ruler
  • Stuffing
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • Hot glue gun
  • Fabric pen

The first type of floral pillow that Paola shows us is this petal-covered beauty.

To make your own, just follow these simple instructions:
  1. Cut some strips

    Lay your satin fabric on a flat surface and grab your scissors and ruler. Section your fabric into 3-inch bits—be sure to use your ruler for accurate measurements—and make your cuts. You should only need about three to five of these long pieces.

  2. Add some shapes

    Take a lid roughly the size of the top of a mason jar, and use as a stencil to trace onto one of your satin strips. Once finished, cut along the circle and remove from the fabric. Then, take the remaining part of the strip and fold it in a sideways fashion, so that it looks like an accordion.

    Once finished, place your circular piece on top of the accordion fold and use it as a reference to cut even more circles.

    Note: Don’t put away that satin yet! You may need more or less of these circular pieces depending on the size of your pillow. You can add more in as fillers in a later step.

  3. Form your petals

    Take one of your circular satin pieces and apply a drop of hot glue to the center and fold. Repeat this step again until its folded twice, then crease the outer edges away from you, adding a drop of glue to the undersides. This piece should now resemble a budding rose. Pretty!

    Make as many of these petals as you need. Now that your first one is formed, you can hold it up to your pillowcase to guesstimate the number. As we mentioned, you can always add more later on.

  4. Attach your flowers

    Trace a cross onto the outside of your pillowcase and start hot gluing your flowers, working your way from the outside in. Once your cross is complete, fill in the rest of the blank spaces going from top to bottom.

  5. Add some fluff

    Now that most of your work is complete, add stuffing or a fitted pillow to the inside of the pillowcase.

We just love this end result and can’t wait to display our very own for Valentine’s Day. What a great way to add some shabby-chic romance to any room!

As we mentioned, this is only one of two petal pillow designs that Paola shares with us. Watch her video below to learn how to complete a, dare I say, even cuter floral pillowcase. Spoiler alert: to make the next one, you will need faux suede and a lighter! THAT got your attention, right?

What do you think of 30thenewblack’s DIY? Do you plan on making one yourself? If so, what color petals are you going to use? Tell us all about your thoughts on this project in the comments section below!