We have had a spectacular fall here in Minnesota, but we know that those cold days of winter are not far away. I’m looking forward to snowy days in front of the fireplace with a novel and a hot drink. I decided to make things really cozy by sewing up a whole bunch of faux fur throw pillows.
Seriously, doesn’t that look like the perfect spot to ride out a snowstorm?! These pillows were a cinch to make too since I didn’t bother with with zippers or anything. You can read my tips on sewing pillows with faux fur here. I got all my faux fur at Joann Fabric. It is really reasonably priced and they currently have some wonderful plush versions with coloring that is so realistic.
I want to talk to you guys a little bit about pillow inserts. I make almost all the throw pillows for our house. It is a fun way to change things up seasonally without spending a lot. The thing is I am picky about my pillow inserts and I’ve been a little unsatisfied with the ones at the craft store. I find they are typically not stuffed enough or go flat really fast and are cheaply made. (I can’t tell you how often I’ve had one with an unsewn seam.) Plus, the range of sizes tends to be limited. So, I was excited when Pillowcubes asked me to try their inserts. They offer five kinds of fillings and seventy-four sizes and shapes from 5″ x 5″ all the way up to 40″ x 40″. All their pillows are made in the USA. (They even have inserts made for outdoor use, great for dressing up the patio.)
I wanted something that will still work on the couch, but was big enough to use as floor pillow, so I ordered a 24″ x 24″ Two feet doesn’t sound that big, but next to my regular couch pillows it looks huge. I decided to try the eco-friendly pillow which uses a plastic fiber fill made from recycled plastic bottles and covered in an unbleached cotton. This was a well sewn, tightly stuffed pillow which felt a lot better made than the typical inserts I buy.
I’ve got to tell you guys, I love this new big pillow (though I am tempted to order a 40″ x 40″ now too). It’s great to find a new source for a supply that I use all the time.
Pillowcubes is offering a 10% discount for readers of Just Crafty Enough. Just enter the code JustCraftyEnough10 when you check out. You can get an even bigger discount if you order inserts in bulk which is great if you make pillows to sell or as gifts.
* Disclaimer: I was given a pillow insert by Pillowcubes to try, but all opinions of the site and the insert are my own.
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