How To Select & Layer Fabric {Selecting Fabric For Pillows}

The Handmade Home

One of my goals for this month was to either find some pillows to add to my bed or find some fabric to make pillows out of. That’s a bit of a challenge for me for a few reasons.

A) I’m not the best at mixing different patterns/colors since I’m typically a pretty neutral decorator. So, since I’m looking to add some color to my bed, I’m having a hard time figuring out what kind of pattern/print and color to add.

B) I don’t know how to sew. So if I find some fabric I like, it should be an interesting task to figure out how to even attempt to make pillows from it :)

So, for all of you out there like me that struggle with how to mix and pair patterns together, I’ve rounded up a few inspirational images with pillow fabric pairings done well.

I would never put together all those colors and fabrics in the above picture, but it totally works for this cozy couch area.

The image below is a lot like the look of my bed. I have the ruffle comforter and a bolster pillow in the front. I’ve thought about adding some type of grain sack fabrics like they did, but a part of me just wants to take a risk and go bold with color.

Love the pairing of the different brown fabrics on this couch. Right up my neutral loving alley :)

To further help us in our endeavors, I’ve also rounded up a few posts with some helpful tips from a few experts in this area.

-Interior Design Musings has a great post with tips on how to go about selecting fabric.

-The Handmade Home  has some great advice on how to mix patterns.

-Once you have an idea of what you are looking for, Censational Girl has a fabulous post on the best places to find fabric online. Included in her roundup is a site called Spoonflower. I’ve never used them, but if you can’t find a fabric you like, you can make your own pattern or print with them.

I’m hoping to get out this weekend and do a little browsing. Fingers crossed I’m able to find something I like. :)

If you are an expert at selecting fabric, do you have any additional tips? Do you have a favorite place where you like to buy fabric? 

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