DIY PILLOWS

I am crazy about vintage ethnic hemp pillows. These textiles are handwoven and hand-dyed by women of the Hmong Hill Tribe, an ethnic minority group of the highlands in the north of Thailand (the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand).  I also like the shibori hand-dyed fabrics. Shibori is a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique, which produces patterns by folding and twisting fabric. 

At some point, I would like to create my own textiles but for this DIY, I am using found and bought fabrics. 

INSPIRATION FOR HMONG TRIBAL PILLOW

Indigo Hmong Tribal fabric from Esty shop Native Arts Treasures

Indigo Hmong Tribal fabric from Esty shop Native Arts Treasures

INSPIRATION FOR SHIBORI PILLOW

Shibori pillow

MORE INSPIRATION

FOR PILLOWS:

For the first pillow, I purchased 2.5 yards of Thai Hmong Indigo from Native Arts Treasures on Etsy. I centered fabric over a white linen and cut fabric into an 18 inch square. I used a coordinating denim fabric for the back. Sewed both sides together, add insert and hand stitched pillow closed. Tip: I like to use an insert one to two inches larger for a fuller look. 

My second pillow, is made of shibori scraps I found while rummaging through my upholsterer's remnants. I sewed the pieces together to form a pattern. I used the same coordinating denim for the back as I used for the first pillow. 

I think they turned out great and look fantastic in my family room.

diy pillows

Here is a DIYs to try:

DIY Shibori Designs 4 Way/Design Sponge

Where to purchase fabric:

Morrisey Fabrics

Native Arts Treasures

Where to purchase already made pillows:

Homegirl Collections

HabitationBoheme

INDIEbungalow