Easy Handkerchief Pillow Tutorial (a.k.a the bandanna pillow)

I mentioned last week that I have just one thing left to finish in Ever's room before the big reveal, well I haven't managed to sew curtains just yet (...as it was drill weekend and we spent most of the weekend in the car...fun fun...) but, I do have a simple little pillow tutorial for you today!

Easy Handkerchief pillow - step by step instructions

I've had this awesome western handkerchief for YEARS... or maybe the proper name is bandanna... I'm sure it depends on where you live. I always think of them as handkerchiefs because my grandpa always carried one with him - people rarely do anymore!

Anyways,... 
I found this one when my oldest son was just a baby and never did anything with it (wow...that is almost 12 years ago and I clearly hoard odd things!)

I decided to put it to good use and on display in Ever's new Western room!

It was super easy and took just under an hour to make ...and that is with the help of my 3 year old!

Step 1:
Choose two coordinating handkerchiefs/ bandanas- making sure they are the same size. ( you can find them just about anywhere )

Step one : Choose two coordinating handkerchiefs

Step 2:
Pin wrong sides together and sew a 1/4 inch seam around edge- leaving a 3 inch opening on one side.

Step two : Sew wrong sides of handkerchiefs together, leaving a three inch opening

Step 3:
Turn your pillow form right side out and fill with poly-fill. I recycled some from inside the ugly pillows that came with our couch. 

Step three: fill with poly fill

Step 4:
Close up your opening. I ran mine through my sewing machine by pushing the poly-fill to one side and pinning the seam closed. It wasn't exactly the best way to do it and was a bit wonky, but you could close the opening using THIS TECHNIQUE for a much cleaner look.

Sometimes fast wins over pretty in my book!

Step four: close the opening

Tah dah!

Now you have an awesome fluffy pillow to snuggle on! 

Handkerchief pillow on mid century chair

Isn't it a fun pattern and totally unique!?

I am pushing to reveal Ever's room by end of week, so stay tuned!



If you use this tutorial, I would love to see your finished project - just email me and you could be featured here at Averie Lane!

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