Big bed pillows are a cheap and easy way to create a headboard for a bed. Use a premade pillow and canvas drop cloth from a home improvement supply store to keep the project easy and frugal.
Our bed does not have a head board, and buying one or making one isn’t in the budget right now. We could make one cheaply, but with lots of other wood projects already on the list, the head board will wait.
I decided to purchase three GOSA TULPAN 26 inch down pillows ($12.99) from Ikea to use as a cushion between us and the wall. With the unheated garage on the other side, our wall is cold in the winter.
When I bought the pillows, I wasn’t sure about the color of the covers. I actually changed my mind about the color on the way home from Ikea. Then I saw a mention of using canvas drop cloths for pillow covers on The Shabby Chic Cottage. Canvas drop cloth, 3.9 ft. by 14.9 ft., sells for $13.97 at my local Home Depot. That’s $2.81/yard.
To create the pillow cover, I eyeballed and fitted the fabric around the pillow to create a looser fitted look. Instead of using a zipper or buttons for closure in the back of the pillow, I went with the envelope style. I left enough give in the two layers to allow for removal of the cover for washing.
I had enough fabric in one package to cover two of the 26 inch pillows. I used leftover pieces to make two small totebags for two children, and a larger lined totebag for myself. And, I still have some fabric left over.
Once I’m finished with the third and last pillow, my plan is to find a word or phrase to write on the front of the pillows using a Sharpie Marker or a Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers. Again, I picked up this idea from The Shabby Chic Cottage. Or I may change my mind and embroider a design. The canvas drop cloth would make a wonderful background for colorful ethnic-looking patterns.
- 26 inch Gosa Tulpan Pillow from Ikea
- Sharpie Marker
- Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers
- Canvas Drop Cloth
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