Pillow with cording… How-to!

Have you ever had a problem finding the perfect pillows for your couch, room, etc?! Story of my life! In this post, I’ll show you how to make your own pillows with cording.


  • Fabric
  • Pins and pin cushion
  • Sewing machine (You can find good ones at Walmart for $100. Saving money in the long run!)
  • Zipper foot attachment for sewing machine
  • Piping from craft store (Hobby Lobby). For a 24 inch pillow I got 3 yards.
  • Measuring stick

Start by cutting out a perfect square for your pillows. If you are making 24×24 pillows, cut one inch less on each side (23×23).

Next cut 1.5 inch wide stripes of fabric that equals the circumference of your pillow (this is for the cording). Mine was roughly 100 inches long.

Begin by pinning the piping inside the stripes like pictured. Do this for all 3 yards of the fabric.

You then will use the zipper foot attachment on the sewing machine to sew right up against the piping for a tight stitch. Do not worry about being exactly because once sewn to the pillow you can’t see mistakes (lifeeeeeee savvveeeerrrrr!)

Now you will pin the piping to the cut out squares. If there is a certain way the pillow sits up, start at what will be the bottom left with the piping. Place the fabric square’s printed side facing each other inwardly, and the piping on the inside, with the seam running along the edge of the squares. See picture.

On the corners, cut the piping halfway through (up until the seam) so it can turn easier. Pin the piping in on every side.

When you get to the bottom of the pillow on the side you started, pin in the last corner then just pin the piping to one side of the fabric to leave a hole where you will stuff the pillow inside and hand sow the rest. See picture for visual.

Now begin sewing! Use that zipper foot attachment again to sew right on the edge of where the piping is.

Once all the way around the pillow, don’t forget to JUST sew down the cording to one side of the bottom where you will be stuffing the pillow. Your time with the sewing machine is done! Turn the pillow inside out! Stuff your insert into the pillow and begin hand sewing the open side. I used a light color and made small stitches so it was not noticeable!

Here are my finished products so far!


Wood headboard… How to!

My next big project has been our guest bedroom. For months I’ve been searching for a barn wood headboard that wasn’t too expensive but still unique. NO LUCK! So I made one. With the help from my hubs, we made a headboard for only $80!

Here’s what you need:

  • Qty. 4 of 1x4x10ft white pine wood (have Home Depot cut it in half for 8 pieces)
  • Qty. 1 of 2x4x10ft (cut in half too!) -wood stain (I used a dark stain)
  • Package of screws 2 inches long
  • Hand sander (or sand paper if you don’t have a hand sander… But a hand sander saves so much time!)
  • Outdoor lamp for headboard (optional)
  • 2 small L-brackets for mounting the headboard

Start by standing the top surface of each piece of wood.

Once sanded and the dust is brushed off, build the headboard structure. We laid down a tarp and faced the sanded pieces face down. Next we added the legs…make sure that the bottom of the legs are the same length from the bottom of the headboard for both legs.

After drilling each hole through the legs and into the headboard, we screwed in the 2 inch screws.

Next, you stain the boards. Apply the stain with a paint brush and let sit for 10 seconds then wipe of with a rag. The longer you let it sit on the wood, the darker the stain.

Let the entire headboard dry for a few hours outside to lose the stain smell.

There is an optional part to this. I wanted a light connected to my headboard. My original plan was to add two small lights, one to each side. Once I found the light though, I thought one in the center would look best. Without getting too technical, we bought the light, bulb and dimmer from Home Depot. A few other accessories to make the light compatible to plug into the wall was necessary (ask anyone at Home Depot… They can help!)

One last thing, use very small L-brackets to attach the headboard to the wall.

Here is the finished product! Ekkkkkk!!!

Thrift store flip

There is nothing I love more than spending my lunch hour or my Saturdays running around to all my local thrift stores looking for little gems….like this piece below. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted it! All this dresser needed was a little TLC.

I brought it home and started my job. First thing, new knobs from World Market…Hobby Lobby has a really good selection too.

Next I added a hand cut burlap table runner to the top and draped some red berry garland (found at Old Time Pottery) along the burlap runner. Also, I added an old window to rest against the wall. See below for the finished project!

Sofa table…How-to!

Recently, we got a new sectional couch, but we thought it was a little too pushed up against the wall plus we eliminated our coffee table with an ottoman, so I wanted to start looking for a sofa table to go between the wall and the sofa. However, I didn’t want to buy a LONNNNNGGGGG table because I would never reuse it if we got a new couch or moved. SO, we decided to build our own sofa table. So cheap/easy and looks awesome!


List of materials from Home Depot:
1. Piece of white pine (1″x8″x10’…You can cut it to any length or buy any length).
2. Minwax Wood Finish Dark Walnut stain
3. Paint Brush
4. Sand paper
5. Hand sander (optional…but so helpful!)
6. Polyurethane gloss (optional)
7. 3 L-brackets (Could change depending on the width of the wood)
8. Short and long screws for the L-brackets
Okay, so the first thing we did was sand the top surface of the wood. We used a hand sander which is optional, but I highly recommend. Sand the entire top side of the wood, AND sand a small area of the underside where you can test the strength of the stain before you apply to the entire top side.
After sanding, lightly wipe down the wood to remove any dust. Next, flip the wood over to the underside where you sanded a small section and apply a layer of the stain. We let it sit for a few minutes and then wiped off with a rag, which was the shade that we wanted. If you want a darker shade, let it sit longer before wiping off.
Now flip the wood over to the top side and apply stain to the entire surface. This should be a fairly quick process. Do not spend too much time, you really are just trying to cover the surface. After letting sit a few minutes, wipe with a dry cloth over all the surfaces. Let the entire surface dry for a few hours. Next, we added a layer of polyurethane gloss to the surface so it had a light clear coat. Again, like the stain you will be lightly covering the surface. Let the gloss sit until it is completely dry.
Next we brought the stained wood into the living room and measured where we would want our L-brackets to go to support the wood.
We used 3 brackets because of the length of the wood, and spaced them evenly. Use the long screws to screw the L-brackets into the wall, and use the short screws to screw the top of the L-brackets to the wood. AND YOU ARE DONE!! Add a little decor and a lamp and you have a nice table to be used as “another” coffee table!

Easy/cheap decorating tip…metalic mason jar!

Turn your extra mason jars around the house into a statement piece, book stopper, vase, etc. All you need is metallic spray paint (I chose gold) and a mason jar with a lid.

Be sure the lid is on tight. Shake up the spray paint before spraying and hold the can a foot away from the jar. Lightly cover the entire surface. After the surface has dried, apply another coat and you are DONE! Use this mason jar as a book stop or a pop of shine for a shelf!

Burlap garland.. How-to!

My husband wanted to put the TV on the mantle, but I thought it just made the mantle look so drab. In this post I will show you how to make garland burlap which took my mantle from blah to southern and homey!

Here are the materials you will need (found at Michael’s craft store):

  • Burlap ribbon 4-6 inches wide (Mine was around 4 inches wide). 30 yards total
  • String
  • Safety pin
Start by tying the string in a knot around the safety pin. Cut the string about 4 feet long. Tie the opposite end of the string in the bottom right corner of the burlap ribbon. Begin to weave the string through the burlap, in and out in a zig zag pattern up the ribbon. The wider the pattern the bigger the puckers, and visa versa.
About every 2 feet, tighten the string so that the ribbon bunches. Continue until you have reached the length desired for the garland. When finished, loop the string through the burlap ribbon and tie a knot.
And you are done! I draped mine across my mantle, but this would look awesome draped over a doorway, the back of your buffet or a table runner!
Life OF Splndor

Young southerners finding high cotton in our ordinary life

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Young southerners finding high cotton in our ordinary life