Happy Wednesday y’all! You’ve seen our last few blog posts about our tiki camper, and that got me thinkin’. I’m a HUGE HUGE HUUUGGGEEE fan of pillows, to the point of obsession. I blame my mother. In any case, I bought a ton of pillows for the camper, but obviously you can never have too many of them. I decided to make a tiki-inspired pillow to put on our bed in the back room. The back room still isn’t done yet though, so in the mean time I’m using the pillow in the bamboo chair we have in our foyer.
I adore all the banana leaf prints that are so popular now, but I didn’t want to just do a plain pillowcase. And to be honest, my sewing skills are crap and BOTH my sewing machines are broken….so I went super easy no-sew with this project.
Here’s a little sneaky peek I posted on Instagram:
Is that tiki or what?! Love it I hunted around for tiki tassles originally…but I got some results that weren’t exactly what I was looking for. Which pretty much settled the fact that I’d just make the tassles myself. Along the way, my friend Kevin from a great little company called Pillow Cubes contacted me. He was wondering if I’d be interested in trying their pillow inserts for a blog post. I pretty much thought we were a match made in heaven, so I ordered the 12×16 lumbar insert and got going!
If you don’t know much about Pillow Cubes I highly recommend trying them out. Initially they sold pillow inserts heavily discounted by the case, but now you can get them just as singles which is GREAT for me! I tend to replace all my inserts every few years and I’m big on quality. Pillow Cubes offers you the option of materials for the insert and there’s a little something for everyone. On their site you can shop by size, shape and even type of filling. You can also request custom pillow shapes which is AWESOME.
As always, I NEVER recommend a company or product to you guys unless I use and love them myself. Pillow Cubes shipped quickly and the quality is fabulous. Nevermore shall I buy inserts at Target! (sorry Target!) For a limited time you can receive 10% off your Pillow Cubes order by entering the code GlueGun10 at checkout! Please head on over and let them know we sent ya.
So are y’all ready to see how I made my hula skirt pillow?! Read on for some inspiration….
Initially I wanted to make my tassels first, so I purchased two hula skirts from Hobby Lobby, when they were 40% off of course!
I cut the belt off the top of the skirt since that was holding all the pieces together. Once that was done I grabbed large swaths of the reeds and began wrapping them very loosely around my hand as shown below.
With the string in place and held down by the rubber band, I wrapped another swath of reeds around my hand, covering the string.
Yay almost done! I simply tied the string in a knot to hold it steady and then cut another long piece. I used my glue gun to cover the rubber band with the second piece of string, just to give the tassel a more finished look.
I repeated this four times to make four huge hula skirt tassels, love ’em!
Now it was time to make the pillow! Honestly y’all I’m no pillow expert, so I wrangled together a few different tutorials from Pinterest. I wanted to create an envelope style pillow cover so I cut three pieces of fabric. The front piece was 14×18 (so two inches on each side larger than my pillow). The back two pieces were 14 x 28 (although I could have made them smaller, I just chose this size because I wanted a thick fabric backing to support the weight of my big ole tassels.
Keeping the right sides together I worked around each side inserting my tassel in the corner. (You’re only seeing the pattern here because the entire piece is folded over, the right sides ARE in fact together on the “inside” in the pic below). Then I used my hot iron and some stitch witchery to enclose each side.
I didn’t honestly get a ton of pics of the gluing stage but I’m sure you can imagine lots of pins and a hot iron ;0) Once I was done ironing and letting everything cool, I simply flipped the cover inside out and then inserted my Pillow Cube. Voila! Let’s just move right along to the “after” shall we?!
What do you guys think? As soon as that back bedroom in the camper is done this baby is going right in there. Although now that I think on it, my bamboo chair is intended for the camper too, so maybe I’ll leave it all right where it is
If you love how full my pillow looks hop on over and check out Pillow Cubes. A huge thank you to them for sending me the insert to do this project with!