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Turning Sarongs into Pillows

June 4, 2016


My sisters and I love to travel; they are always up for an adventure and ready for fun. When we are exploring we try to pick up a memento or two while on our journey that can later adorn a coffee table or add to the perfect shelfie. It was on a recent trip that my little sister, Sarah, left me behind and went to Bali (it was her honeymoon so I guess it’s okay I didn’t go) and brought back a few items that stole my heart. She traveled from the beach to the jungle and back to the beach, and as she went she took some time to unfold and admire about a hundred sarongs – until she found two, that were to her liking. She had a plan in mind; these sarongs would not be used as a wrap but rather to wrap up her in-progress living room design.

Smart girl.

Since last weekend was a long one, we took advantage of the time to create two accent pillows for the sofa in her living room. I am in love with the colors and the mixed patterns of each sarong.  When we got to work, we moved the fabric in different directions until we agreed on the desired look.  Since the edge of the sarongs had a nice fringe, we decided to use this as an accent rather than cut it off. The fringe brings texture and visual interest to the pillows and may even spark a conversation.

If you are sewing, gluing or sending your pillows to local seamstresses (check with your dry cleaners for a great price) to be made, I have just a few words of advice: measure and remeasure and then iron the material before sending it off or making the cuts yourself. Trust me.

I love that these pillows are unique and bring back wonderful memories of Sarah’s honeymoon – the one she wouldn’t take her sister on.

Turing Sarongs into Accent Pillows



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Will you turn your sarongs into manicured pillows?

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