Sometimes I think this world would be a better place if we all woke up every day…
…told each other we were brilliant.
I mean there are days when we evaluate and critique and worry about what we need to fix and take notes on what we need to improve on.
When we should take a moment.
And simply just remember how amazing we and the people around us are.
I’ll go first.
Today’s brilliant award goes to my mother-in-law who found this pumpkin and gave me the idea to make it into a pillow.
And you’ll never guess where she found it and what it started out life as?
Are you ready?
Here’s how to make a 5-minute pumpkin pillow and be brilliant all at the same time.
Can you guess what it is?
IT’S A PLACEMAT.
And she found it at Big Lots for under $5.
It looks so high end with its embroidery and jute twine and burlap and stitches and different fabrics.
I tried to take as many pictures as I could close up so you can see all of the details.
But the best part of this placemat?
It can be SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS.
Here are a few ideas I thought up:
- a placemat (hello Captain Obvious)
- the center of a wreath
- you could fuse two together and make a wall hanging
- you could attach ribbon to the top and hang it from a rod
- you could frame it
You could make a no sew pillow in five minutes.
And here’s how I did it.
How to make a no sew pumpkin pillow
I had these pillow covers from Ballard Designs circa 2015.
I love them because they have hand-stitching and quilting that mimics the pumpkins and the cutest pom pom ball fringe.
Use a pillow cover that you already have to make the project cheaper.
2. Tear off pieces of your fusible tape
Here’s this tape that I got years ago at Hobby Lobby in the sewing section.
It’s almost a fossil at this point.
Tear off six-inch strips—enough to cover the back of the pumpkin.
3. Iron in place
Follow the directions on the packet—but the basic concept is that you iron one side of the tape to the pumpkin
4. Iron the pumpkin onto the pillow cover
You’ll iron the pumpkin with the tape onto the pillow cover.
You can kind of peel back the pumpkin and see if it’s adhered to the pillow cover.
If it isn’t stuck, keep ironing.
5. Let cool and stuff
Let your ironed on pumpkin cool.
And then stuff the pillow filler inside.
Here are my two pillows on my window seat.
It’s such an easy, inexpensive project that takes minutes.
My window seat is ready for fall.
Happy Monday friend.
And just in case no one else has mentioned it yet?
YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY BRILLIANT. 🙂