Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How To Revamp A Pillow - Bolster Style

I love the look of a bolster pillow, I think it always gives a decorator touch to any chair or sofa, but they aren't always available. 

 They can be fancied up with some tassels or - --

really simple.  It all depends on the look you are going for.

If you have been to Ikea lately then you have seen this $5 pillow, they have bins of them everywhere.  I loved the fabric and thought maybe I could use it like a bolster, however I think it is a little big for my chair.  No worry, a small revamp and it will be perfect.

Open one end and remove all of the stuffing.

Now you have a rectangle,

I am going to use the insert from my green pillow, so I remove the insert and lay the pillow cover on top of the black and white one to see how much smaller I need to make the rectangle.

Be sure to look for these inserts at Goodwill.  They always have tons of them for $1.99, so buy a couple of different sizes.

I sewed the rectangle down one side to make it the size I needed and cut off the excess.  You could use stitch witchery if you don't sew.

Next just insert the pillow form making sure to center it so you have the same amount of excess fabric on each end.

Stitch it closed

Gather each end into a pouf and secure with a couple of rubber bands.

You could add a tassel if you want it fancy - -

or just leave it simple like I did.

Now it is the perfect size for my chair and the whole makeover took about 10 minutes.

A great finishing touch for my black and white room.

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  1. I've done the same thing Marty!! Such an easy solution and I absolutely love how yours turned out!

  2. Well done Marty!! It looks beautiful!

  3. What a great idea! Our ikea in Kansas City is opening on September 10th and I can hardly wait! After reading all the bloggers talking about it I can't wait to finally see one for myself! I love your blog and can I just say you are really computer saavy to have a blog? I'm 51 and don't think I could figure it all out!

  4. I love the bold look, Marty! You are clever.

  5. Love your new look - it looks great, and you are such a clever IKEA hack. Did you use a foam pillow form or fiberfill to stuff your pillow? Hugs from California....

    1. I used a foam insert that I found at goodwill, they usually have some great pillows and I just reuse their inserts.

  6. Marty, perfect timing for this post! I have two pillows I need to fix. Thanks for sharing.


  7. What a great project. Well done!

  8. What a great idea and I love the fabric. Need to take a trip to IKEA soon!

  9. This is too cute and you make it look so easy Marty! Will keep this in mind for sure since I have a pair of bolster that needs upgrading. :-) Thank you dear!

  10. Awesome! That's so smart- I wish I thought of things like that!!

  11. Such a simple update! I love the mix of pillows on your sofa.

  12. I love bolsters because they really are so versatile. I have one I use on our bed and I change the cover regularly with the seasons. I even did a post a few years ago about how to make easy shabby chic covers for them ~ just wrap them in floursack towels and cinch the ends with whatever strikes your fancy. I usually cinch with some type of vintage lace. Love what you did with yours, very clean and modern looking. I really love Ikea, too!
    xo Kathleen

  13. A fantastic tip Marty! I wish we had an Ikea! 5 dollar pillows are very thrifty in this area! Love how you transformed the bolster! Love the black and white color scheme too!

  14. Love it, Marty!! I need to recover a red velvet bolster and I never thought to revamp another pillow like this! Great solution, thanks!

  15. Such a great idea, Marty! You make it look easy. That would be a wonderful way to change out pillows for different seasons of the year without spending much money or time.