Simple Pillow

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No, no, no. This is not the simple pillow.

A few months back, I was looking for green 100% linen fabric for an art project and could not find any in the local stores (second-hand and crafting.) I did find this beautiful brown linen for only $26 a yard and I bought it, with no clue what I was going to use it for.

I’ve been wanting a pillow for lumbar support when I sit in the living room chairs for a long time, like when I’m sewing. But of course, I want it to be beautiful when I am looking at it and not leaning into it!

Fabric and craft stores are for hobbyists and their prices reflect that this is perceived to be a creative, leisure activity and not something people do to save money. An 18″ pillow insert costs between $15-$50 USD, depending on if it is synthetic or filled with feathers and probably some other factors that I am not even aware of. An 18″ zipper is $3-4 USD. And a local tailor/alterations-place told me that the cost of sewing the zipper I have into the fabric I have would cost $44 USD.

So when I found the above holiday pillow marked down to $7.50 USD, I snatched it up.

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I gutted the buck…er…um…I removed the zipper.

I sewed the beautiful linen into an appropriate-sized square using a classic back stitch.

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Here is the harvested zipper about to be inserted.

And here is the finished product, nestled into one of the living room chairs.

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Simple and high-quality, just like QuakerStylist likes it.

Bonus: I have enough fabric to make another 18″ pillowcase when I find another sad pillow on sale.

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