My Shanty Pillows

Hey guys!  I wanted to quickly show you how I created my lace pillows I showed you in my Master Bedroom post.

I originally sewed the euro shams I used with my last bedding.  I wanted to somehow reuse these shams and just cover the fronts which led me to these.

I found a great fabric at Hobby Lobby that is a utility fabric.  It was by the interfacing and it resembles linen (without the wrinkling!)

It was $3.99 a yard and I bought a yard for each pillow.  I laid my old shams down on my fabric and cut a square 2″ larger.

I found my trim at Hobby Lobby for $4.99 a yard and used a 40% coupon for it.

I sewed my trim straight down the center of my squares.  If you don’t sew this would be a great time to whip out the fabric glue!

I also ran all of my raw edges through my serger to keep them from fraying.  You can also fold each edge twice under but this saved me time.  After I had that done I laid my square face down and placed my old sham on top with the back facing up.

In walks old trusty…

I knew I would be the only one to see the back so I wasn’t at all concerned.  I glued down my tops and bottoms first and then folded and glued the sides.

Now, for those of you wondering how it washes…

From my experience hot glue washes great.  I do not dry it.  I let them air dry and use a low setting on the iron if I need to.  I hot glued a flower on E’s shirt HERE and it has washed great!  Holds up perfect.

That’s it.  Pretty simple 🙂  I put my old pillows back in my new shams and I was set to go.  Plus, I saved lots of money and even more time… Whoop!!

Here they are all finished!

Hope you like them!

We will be announcing our Silhouette machine giveaway on Thursday!  Stay tuned!!  Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes on April 30, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    My favorite part of your project is the beautiful lace trim. You did a very nice job. Thanks for sharing.

  2. laura on April 28, 2011 at 3:54 am

    this is amazing!!! i love that it’s no sew!

  3. Amanda @ Every Creative Endeavor on April 27, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Your pillows and your bedroom are darling – I love the way it is turning out. so cute!

  4. June on April 23, 2011 at 5:00 am

    Talk about easy peasy! I will definitely have to remember this! Then you can change the entire look in your bedroom for little money or time!
    I am over from the tatertots and jello weekend wrap up….

  5. Rachel on April 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    OOooh, lovely! They look so elegant. Beautiful work!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

  6. debbie on April 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    great looking pillows. love the lace.

  7. angela white on April 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    beautiful pillows! anxious about the silhouette giveaway!!

  8. Jan ~ The Diamond E on April 19, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I have a Bernina sewing/embroiery machine my Mother bought me for my 30th birthday…that’s been several years ago. I haven’t sewed anything in about 6 months, but you are making me want to use it! Those shams were beautiful & thrifty! Great job~!

    • Shanty2Chic on April 19, 2011 at 9:47 pm

      Ohh Bernina… I’m jealous. I can’t afford but often dream of one 🙂 Get it out!!!

  9. Sandi on April 19, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I love these pillows… they would look perfect on my bed. I think I will have to try them! Thank you for the inspiration.

    • Shanty2Chic on April 19, 2011 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks so much Sandi! Send me pics if you get them done!

  10. Meghan McCann on April 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    They’re perfect! I just love the lace!!

    • Shanty2Chic on April 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks so much Meghan!

  11. Laurie Gallamore on April 19, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Ohhh… I LOVE these!! So simple and gorgeous. I’m your newest follower!
    Laurie 🙂

  12. Sarah @ The Birds Papaya on April 18, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    as if they are hot glued. You guys…*sigh*…so awesome.

    • Shanty2Chic on April 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm

      Hahaha…Thanks Sarah!

  13. Anngela on April 18, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I love these pillows–they are so chic and feminine!

    • Shanty2Chic on April 19, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      Thanks so much Anngela!!

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