I have been eyeing Handira (commonly referred to as Moroccan Wedding Blanket) pillows for quite a bit. Let’s keep it real for a second, they’re pretty pricey and right now I need both of my kidneys. I kept going back and forth and looking for more affordable ones, ultimately I had a hard time justifying the cost because:
- I’m cheap. (sorry, not sorry… I’m cheap)
- I like to recycle my pillow covers periodically, so it wouldn’t have made sense from the price point perspective (read: I’m cheap, again)
- Deep down I wanted to make my own and create the design. That’s always REALLY fun.
Then, I thought “Well, what if I sew it?”. My brain rejected that thought almost immediately, although I know how to sew, I don’t own a sewing machine. Then, I would have had to buy the pillow covers, take them apart, sew the design on, sew the covers back on, buy the filling and fluff the darn thing. Errrr, who’s got the time?
Even still, what if someone wanted the pillow, and didnt know how to sew? They would be limited to either buying an expensive Handira pillow or have nothing at all.
Well, that’s never an option in my little creative nook.
The wheels started turning and I knew I’d have to try and do something a little different. I spotted a simple white lumbar at Ikea a few weeks ago when I was there with my mom. I went back and bought it. The nice thing about this particular lumbar was, it was already stuffed so I wouldn’t need to purchase an insert. The following day, I went over to JoAnn’s and purchased all the goodies to decorate it with. That is certainly an advantage to making over buying pre-made. Customizing and designing this lumbar made it very personal, I’d do it all over again! SO, let’s get to it! Here’s what I did and used, but feel free to go crazy and make this your very own (like the freakin’ awesome creative that you are):
14×28 pre filled lumbar pillow
2 yards of beige fringe
20 inches of a purple and gold colored ribbon
4 ft packet of sequin trim
(The selection at JoAnn’s fabric was so grand! In fact, I had a bit of trouble deciding what to get, so you’ll enjoy this part the most)
I purchased an 14×28 pre filled lumbar at Ikea. Feel free to buy a pillow cover and buy an insert separately!
I marked off the first 3 inches of the lumbar with a pencil – that represented my starting point.
I cut the fringe into 4 equal parts.
Starting at right around 3 inches into the pillow and from the very top (where the zipper is lined), I applied the glue onto the back trim of the fringe. This part takes a bit, and I would NOT recommend applying the glue to the entire trim initially, as its important to press down firmly to really create that seal! Rather, take the extra bit of time and do press down firmly after every couple of inches to ensure maximum adherence.
Then I grabbed a second piece of fringe, turned it upside down, so that both fringe trims where facing each other and began to glue it on, as close to the other trim as possible-making sure to press down firmly. I repeated the process on the other side of the pillow.
I went right to the middle of the pillow and glued the purple/gold ribbon down. This added a pop of color!
Lasty, were the sequins. I cut 4 pieces. Two of them were glued on where the fringe trims met. After that, I took the remaining pieces of sequin and glued them vertically, about an inch apart from the ribbon in the middle.
This project can be as diverse as you want it to be. I was very satisfied with the turnout and chose not to add anything else for the time being. But, will it stay this way forever? I’m not sure, but I’m glad the decision lies with me, and hopefully with you too!
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