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So, how did everyone fare with last week’s DIY Nautical Lamp project? (I have a cheap turquoise desk lamp left over from my college dorm room that’s begging for some natural hemp to cover up years of abuse/moves.) Well, this week we’re continuing to spread summer love with a project so easy, you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it sooner. Normally, me + a needle and thread don’t work well together, but I think this pillow project is definitely within my sewing skill set.


If you’re like me, between June and August every moment spent at the office or in bed asleep is precious, limited time NOT spent outside enjoying the sweet smell of summer. To make those moments even more comfortable and stylish, grab your favorite weather-resistant fabric and a needle and thread to sew your own outdoor pillows. Throw pillows are an excellent way to brighten up your porch, while making outdoor afternoon naps a even more relaxing.

We have step-by-step instructions and a detailed materials list at HGTV.com for this easy-sew outdoor pillow project. Don’t forget to share your finished work with us! We’d love to see pictures of your summer-inspired porch or hammock – pillows and all!

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  2. Anna@HGTV says:

    I have a sewing machine I was given as a Christmas present 4 years ago and still haven't taken out of the box. Hand sewing I'm good at. But facing that sewing machine…I need a Knoxville-based tutor! Because I so want to make cute pillows for my home!

  3. Lili@HGTV says:

    You can totally do it, Kayla! Pillows are very forgiving and you can do them without any closures at all (always the tricky part).

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  5. Louise says:

    I've been wanting to do this. My question is what types of fabrics are suitable for outdoors (they will get wet, even on my screened porch) and where can you buy them??

  6. Anna@HGTV says:

    Hi Louise, the most popular outdoor fabric is Sunbrella. You can also find outdoor fabric easily at stores like Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts. Just as a sales person where the outdoor fabric is — look for UV and weather/water resistant. Given humidity and pollen, good idea to use this on your screened in porch. Let us know what you end up picking out and how the project goes!

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Kayla KittsKayla is a special projects editor at HGTV.com and a co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. Kayla is an overbearing cat mom with a love for vintage-modern furniture, artisan cocktails, organizing all...


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