I promised in my fall tour on Monday that I’d talk about how I made the fringed jeans pillows that started with my $4 Goodwill Chindi rug (similar one HERE and HERE on Etsy) find. I always quickly glance at the textile section and was so excited when I spotted those two awesome handmade rugs. Isn’t it a great price too?
I washed them immediately of course when I brought them home and after they air-dried I started with the pillows.
I used upholstery needles and thread ( click HERE). I tried both curved and straight needles and they worked both. I guess it’s preference. I ended up using black upholstery thread for the pillows instead of blue because it’s all I had but you couldn’t even tell.
DIY fringe jeans Chindi rug pillows
The edges of the rugs were really thick and it wasn’t easy to get the needles through. I ended up with a blister on my hands.
But it’s doable for sure.
I thought about adding the fringe I had bought on Etsy for something else immediately when I knew I was making pillows.
The reason I only wanted the fringe on one edge is because I wanted the tied ends of the rugs to show more and to be able to sit it up the way I did in my photos of the fall tour. It’s like having a pillow with a mohawk 😉
I sandwiched the fringe between the rug ends and used the big upholstery needle to go through all three thick layers.
See below you can’t even tell that I used black thread. Before I closed the one edge I inserted Ikea pillow inserts. They worked out perfectly.
I love the added texture they give my living room. It’s like having my favorite jeans in my living room now.
A really simple project!
So what do you think, are you going to check out the textile section at the thrift store from now on?
I’m certainly glad I did.