Of course you can buy cheaper pillows at places like Target, but I've decided that I really like the feather pillow inserts so much better than pillows stuffed with polyester filling. Feather pillows are softer and squishier and they always plump back up very nicely. They don't lose their shape over time either like cheaper pillows do. And once you have invested in all the feather inserts you need, you can just switch out the pillow covers seasonally or whenever you're ready for a change. So I've decided the investment in feather pillow inserts is worth it. But since I am just beginning to build our feather pillow collection, I needed to find ways to do it within our budget.
I read one day on the Nester's blog that to save money, she buys feather pillow inserts at thrift stores and then just runs them through her washing machine and dryer to sanitize them. Sounded kind of genius to me, so the last few times I've gone to the thrift store, I searched through the pillows to see if I could score any feather pillow inserts. And what do you know... I've found quite a few. Yesterday, I found five. They are only $5 each, so I stocked up.
Since Fall has hit here in northern Virginia, I have really had an itch to get some cozy pillows on our couch. I've been dreaming about some sweater pillows like these:
I'm not going to go into any kind of sewing tutorial for you here because I am not a good sewer. I just try to cut and sew straight lines. I sewed three sides of the pillow on the sewing machine, then flipped my pillow right side out, stuffed the pillow insert in, then hand-sewed the final side closed. Pillows are probably one of the simplest things to make, so if you've never sewn anything before, this would be a great first sewing project. Give it a shot!
Here are how my two sweater pillows turned out
The first one: