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6 Ways to Welcome Spring Into Your Home


Even if you’ve had a mild winter, there’s something about spring that gets us excited. From extra sunshine to greenery all in bud, spring has some much to offer. Here are some ways you can connect with nature and bring some of the freshness of the season into your home.

Give your living room a color makeover. Replace those winter hues with a lighter, spring-inspired palette. If you have heavy window treatments, take them down and hang up something like curtains in an airy fabric or a lightweight shade instead. Change out accent pillows, repaint the walls (or just a single one), and look for some new accessories in softer colors.

Grow a herb garden. A few potted herbs on a window sill (or counter) not only look great, they give you an opportunity to expand your culinary skills.

Roll up the rugs. If you have a lot of area rugs in your home, consider rolling a few of them up. After a long season of thick wool socks and warm, cushy rugs, a bare floor can be a treat for your feet.

Pretty up your porch or patio. Whether you love to entertain or not, prettying up your porch or patio is a great way to embrace spring. Pot some plants, recover seat cushions with new fabric, hang up a hammock, or simply add a mirror or some string lights–any little touches can make a big improvement.

Fill vases with fresh flowers or greenery. What says spring more than flowers? It doesn’t really matter if you pick up a small bouquet from the grocery store or handpick some from your very own garden–filling vases, decorative bottles, or even mason jars, are a great way to add pops of spring throughout your home. Fresh cut leaves with long stems are another option. Anything green will work, really–just do what makes you happy.

Open the windows and enjoy the fresh air. Seriously, simply opening the windows after a long season of cold can do wonders for your mood. Not only will it air out your home, it will allow you to soak in the sounds and smells that this refreshing season brings.


Using Pillows and Rugs to Finish off Your Farmhouse Style

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from watching Joanna Gaines on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, is that textiles play a huge role in bringing warmth and comfort into a farmhouse-styled interior. With all that shiplap and rustic wood, there needs to be something to soften the space–and that’s where textiles come into play. When we talk about textiles, we mean a type of cloth or woven fabric, which includes things like upholstery, window treatments, area rugs, pillows, and linens. While all of these items are a big part of the design style, we’re only going to focus on two: pillows and area rugs.

Why decorate with throw pillows?

In a nutshell, throw pillows are the easiest way to give your home’s interior an instant makeover. They add an extra layer of comfort, they help edit an existing color palette, and they provide visual interest when not much else is going on. While these certainly aren’t the only reasons you can benefit from them, they are important ones–especially for a farmhouse interior. We know that modern farmhouse style requires a neutral color palette, and pillows, are the way to incorporate those tiny splashes of color that keep the space feeling a bit more personal.

Why decorate with area rugs?

While area rugs are a wonderful way to protect your flooring, they are equally wonderful at pulling together a design style. Again, with farmhouse style’s neutral color palette, a large area rug can be that splash of color, pattern, or texture you need to fill the home with personality. For farmhouse design style, you can’t go wrong with natural fiber rugs such as sisal, jute, seagrass, and wool. With that said, don’t brush off synthetic fiber options because there are some really beautiful ones, such as this:

Joanna Gaines Area Rugs Houston

As you work on your farmhouse interior–or any interior for that matter, we hope you’ll stop in our stores or browse our website to see what textiles we have to offer. If it’s farmhouse style you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. We now proudly carry the Joanna Gaines collection of pillows and rugs, which should make your style transition even easier.

Having Custom Pillows Made for Your Home

If you’ve ever gone shopping for accent pillows you may have noticed how pricey they can be–especially when you have to settle for something less than perfect for your space. This alone is a huge reason to invest in custom pillows for your home. Yes, they will probably end up costing you more than those subpar ones at the department store, but you’ll be getting exactly what you want. Let’s take a look at what’s involved when it comes to custom made pillows.

Upholstery Fabric Store Fort Worth Having Custom Pillows Made for Your Home

Choose the Shape & Size

The first thing you need to do is decide on what shapes and sizes pillows you want and how many of each you need. There is a variety of shapes–square, rectangle, circle, bolster (neckroll)–as well as a variety of sizes to choose from. Once you figure this out, you’ll be ready to move onto fabric.

Picking Out Fabric

Woven fabrics are great for pillows. Some top picks include cotton, silk, velvet and linen. Repeated washing and drying can cause some fabrics to shrink, so be sure to look over the care instructions before you buy.  You’ll also need to decide if you want to use a single fabric for the entire pillow or use different fabrics for front and back.

In regards to prints and patterns, it’s important to match the design of your fabric at the seams. This is incredibly important if you’ve chosen patterns such as stripes, plaids, and geometrics. The repeat is the distance between where a pattern begins and ends before beginning again. It may require extra fabric to center a motif or match up the pattern appropriately at the seams.

Scale is also important to consider. As a general rule, larger prints work better when used on larger pillows and smaller prints on smaller pillows. With that said, mixing up the scale can be visually interesting–just make sure it looks intentional.

Calculating Yardage 

In most cases, 1-2 yards of fabric will work for the average decorative throw pillow. You can easily find yardage calculators online that will allow you to enter your pillow measurements, along with the width of the fabric. This fabric calculator is extremely easy to use.

Finding a Seamstress

If you’re planning to have something custom made then it’s worth establishing a relationship with one. A knowledgeable seamstress will be a valuable asset when it comes to any sewing projects you need to be taken care of. You can easily find seamstress online, but you can also find one in places like a fabric store or dry cleaners.

Closures & Inserts

Many pillows are simply sewn shut–especially if you are using a delicate material–but others can come with a sham or zipper closure. A sham closure is an opening between two overlapping pieces of fabric. A zipper closure is usually placed in an inconspicuous spot along the base or seam of a pillow and comes in two looks: invisible and standard. An invisible zipper usually falls on the seam and works best on light- and medium-weight fabrics. A standard zipper looks best when positioned at the base of a pillow and works really well with heavier fabrics.

When it comes to inserts, it really comes down to personal choice. Synthetic inserts may cost less but feather-and-down blend inserts can last a lifetime when properly cared for.

How Much Will it Cost? 

The cost will vary depending on the pillow size and the fabric chosen. On average, you’re looking at a minimum of $50 per pillow. More, if you include extras like trim and the inserts. If you already have the insert, a custom pillow cover will suffice. Every seamstress will charge differently, so shop around until you find a price range you’re comfortable with.

If you are interested in some pre-made pillows covered in gorgeous fabrics, we have a nice selection of indoor and outdoor ones worth browsing.



DIY Accent Pillows

Do you love pillows? Me too, but decorative accent pillows always seem so expensive. You can save money, and make sure you get exactly the type of pillow you want, by making throw pillows yourself.

DIY accent pillows are a very simple project that yields fast, attractive results. All you need is fabric and some kind of pillow stuffing. You don’t even need a sewing machine, though using one will speed-up the process.


Choosing Fabric

Just about any type of fabric will work for a pillow. Multi-purpose home décor fabrics are a good choice – they’re heavy enough to stand up to wear, yet still easy to sew. Check the cleaning requirements for fabric before purchase so you’ll whether or not you can wash the finished pillow. If you’re making pillows for outdoor use, consider using outdoor fabrics so they will hold up longer.

Basic Pillow

Cut two pieces of fabric, each 1 inch longer and wider than you want to make the finished pillow. For reversible pillows, cut the back and front pillow pieces from fabric with different prints.

Place right sides of the fabric together. Stitch the fabric pieces together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Leave a large enough opening on one side of the pillow cover to insert a pillow form or stuffing. Turn the pillow fabric right side-out, then stuff. Hand-stitch the opening closed.


For a two-tone pillow, cut two pieces of fabric as you would for a basic pillow. Then, cut a strip of contrasting fabric to the same width as the other fabric, but not as long. Cut fabric strip so one of the long sides is the selvage edge. Hem this edge if the selvage is unattractive.

Lay the contrasting fabric on one of the larger fabric pieces with right sides up. Line-up the cut, unselvaged edge of the fabric strip with the edge of the base pillow fabric. Place the other fabric piece face-down on the layered fabrics. Pin the three layers together, then sew and finish pillow as you would normally.

Pillow Forms

Filling handmade pillows is very simple using pre-made pillow forms, which are available from most craft stores. For a more thrifty DIY option, you can turn budget bed pillows into accent pillow inserts.

Measure the width of the bed pillow, then add 1/2 inch to the measurement. Use this number to measure along the length of the pillow, and mark where your tape measure lands. Cut along this line all the way through the pillow. Push the stuffing down into the pillow, then use a serger or sewing machine to close the cut end.

Stuffing Tips

Fiberfill stuffing is a good alternative if you’d rather not use inserts or want to make a pillow with an unusual shape or size. Pull handfuls of stuffing apart to fluff it and get rid of any lumps. Starting with the pillow’s corners, push the fluffed stuffing in gently and firmly. Check the outside of the pillow as you go so you can catch any lumps or hollow spots before you finish stuffing. Once you’re happy with how it looks, hand-sew the pillow fabric closed.

When you are looking for interior fabrics and decorative pillows near you in Arlington, TX, stop by our Cutting Corners location in Fort Worth, TX on South Hulen Street for great deals on discount designer fabric. You will find something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics to colorful accent pillows to make every home design project dream become reality.

Four Pointers for Perfect Pillows

 Pillows are an excellent way to finish off a design, yet they tend to be one of the most difficult things to incorporate. Maybe it’s because they come in so many shapes and sizes. Perhaps it’s because they come in a variety of colors, patterns and materials. Whatever the reason, topping a space off with pillows should be fun, not frightful. Here we’ll look at some pointers for getting those pillows just right.



One of the first things to take into consideration is how much you’re willing to spend. Some accent pillows are reasonably priced, but others can be quite expensive. Think about how many pillows you’ll need in the space and what your budget will allow before you head to the home décor store. A good general rule to follow is one to two pillows per chair and three to five per sofa.

Fabric & Fill

Before you decide on fabric you must know the purpose of your pillows. The material you choose will depend greatly on whether your pillows will be in a formal setting or in an informal setting. For example, if the pillows will be in a family room, with children or pets running about, then you’d want to avoid hard to clean, or easy to damage materials like silk or velvet. Instead, you’d be better off with something a lot more durable, such as cotton, or even an outdoor-grade fabric. Whatever fabric you choose, be sure to check the label so you clean them properly.

When it comes to fill, determine how you prefer the pillow to feel. For a softer, squishy feel, stick with a feather or down fill. If you prefer the pillow to feel stiffer, go for foam or a synthetic fill that holds its shape better.

Shape & Size

The great thing about pillows is that you can get them in a variety of shapes. A nice mix of square, circle and oblong pillows can be very eye-catching, so don’t feel as though you are limited to one particular shape. In regards to size, pillows considered “standard” are 18 inches. Smaller pillows (16 in) are also available, as well as oversized (24 in) pillows. The size of your sofa (or chair) and how many pillows will take up the space, will determine what will look best.

Colors, Pattern & Texture

Your existing furniture and color palette will ultimately guide your pillow purchases. You want the pillows to make sense within the room, so evaluate the space, choosing pillows that have colors and patterns that work. Pillows are a great way to enhance the textural aspect of the room, so think about how much you need. As a general rule, pillows that are nubby or rougher in texture provide a nice contrast to smooth upholstery, while smooth, shiny pillows add visual interest to soft, fuzzy chairs and couches.

When you are looking for decorative pillows and fabric near you in Mansfield, stop by our Cutting Corners location in Fort Worth, TX on South Hulen Street for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics to colorful accent pillows to make every home design project dream become reality.