Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Guest Blogger: Mary from JPM Design

I'm so excited to welcome Mary from JPM Design as our very first Guest Blogger. Her blog is so beautiful and  inspiring! It's a place that you'll want to spend the whole day.

We feel very lucky to have Mary sharing a great DIY project with us today. Read on to learn about Mary's DIY Suzani Napkin Pillow, then head on over to her blog to check out all of the loveliness!


First off, I want to say thanks to Jen for asking me to be a guest today! I’d like to share with you a project I just tackled this weekend. It’s a super-simple pillow cover I made out of cheap-o napkins!

Suzani pillows are a huge trend in design right now. They are absolutely gorgeous and most of them come with a pretty hefty price tag as well. I have been wanting to create my own suzani inspired pillow and when I found these napkins on sale at World Market, I knew it was meant to be!

The napkins were on clearance for $1.48 each so I snatched up the last few that they had. Keep in mind that I am no expert on the sewing machine, I just started sewing a few months ago and I only know the basics.

I used an existing pillow form that I had lying around that measured 19" x 12", which worked out perfect since the napkins are 20" x 20” (which would allow for a 1/2 “ hem.) Napkins would also work well for 18” x 18 pillow forms as well, but I was just using what I already had. I decided to use an orange napkin for the back of the pillow which I found at Pier 1 for $2.99.

I cut the suzani napkin down to 20" x 13", making sure the medallion was in the center. Since I wanted the pillow cover to be removable, I decided to create a flap in the back to insert the pillow form. In order to create the opening flap where you slip the pillow form in and out, I cut the orange napkin into 2 pieces which each measured 20" x 7".


I made sure that the two orange napkins overlapped each other about 1" in the center. I also made sure that the existing hems of the napkins where in the center so that I wouldn’t have to hem those as well!

Obviously, you need to layout the napkins so that the ‘good’ sides (the sides you want to see) are facing each other on the inside. Once I laid out the three pieces (the suzani napkin and the two orange pieces) I was ready to sew!

I used my sewing machine to stitch a 1/2 inch hem all the way around the four edges. Once that was complete, I turned the pillow case inside out, using the flap I created in the back.

Viola! A Suzani Print Throw Pillow that took about a ½ hour and cost about $4.50 to make! I get such a thrill out of simple yet stylish and inexpensive projects like this, don’t you?!   


Mary, thanks again for sharing your project with us. The pillow is gorgeous!


  1. Perfect, and napkins are made to withstand a lot of washes making them perfect as the fabric for a pillow.

  2. Such a great way to make pillows. I am going out hunting today so I can bring some cool Suzani pillows into my house as well:)

  3. The designs fit the theme of the room.

  4. The designs make the whole furniture look more attractive. It's one way to come up with a unique look on the room.

  5. My wife would definitely love the design. I think this can be a perfect gift for her on our wedding anniversary.

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