It's no secret that I love a good Ikea hack! So I always have my eyes open for new ideas for using Ikea products in a unique and personal way. Today, I am sharing a simple little project I completed recently. I have been searching for a long lumbar pillow for our living room sofa. Although I found many with the look I wanted, I couldn't find one with the price I wanted. So I gave up. However, on a recent trip to Ikea, I spotted the striped Signe throw rugs in a bin for $3.99. One happened to be folded to look just like a lumbar pillow. And it just happened to be the neutral stripes I had been looking for to add to our living room. My sewing skills are definitely lacking, but I thought I could figure out a way to make it work. I grabbed 2 rugs and added them to my cart.
I was so excited to get started that I didn't even iron out the wrinkles. For my next pillow, I will be sure to do that first. I simply used a large embroidery needle with some crocheting thread. I knew I would need something more sturdy that a regular needle and thread to get through the thicker fabric. I stitched the long side with the fabric on its back, then turned the tube of fabric inside out. Then I stitched up one end, added some filling that I had leftover from another project, and sewed up the other side using a very simple stitch. Because of the fringe on the end, you can't even see my unprofessional little stitches.
I am super happy with the look for the price. And thankful for the simple sewing I learned in high school home economics.
I am planning to make another pillow for our family room. Also, I picked up a package of coordinating check and stripe dish towels that I am planning to make some pillows for our window seat for the spring.
If you need me, I will be the one on the sofa, sewing throw pillow covers by hand while binge watching The Gilmore Girls on Netflix. Somehow, I missed that series when it aired and I am addicted. Any other Gilmore Girls fan out there?