I love the boho vibe that kilim pillows (and rugs) give a room. It’s boho and global and somehow youthful. But these pillows are usually quite pricey. Here is an example from Overstock for over $70.
When I saw this rug at a thrift/consignment store I saw my opportunity to bring a little global style to my space.
According to the tag, this rug is from Peru. The graphic design grabbed my attention with all the possibilities. I could make pillows. I could cover a bench. When I start to see more than 1 use for an item I know its for me. And, with its soft and pliable feel I knew I would be able to cut and sew the material without buying any special tools. The challenge would be cutting it in a way to preserve the integrity of the design.
I used a length of fabric as a guide on where to cut. As a visual person this really helped me to see what my final product would be like.
Because my rug is loosely woven I should have sewn some scrap fabric to the back before cutting. That helps preserve the edges and keeps them from unraveling. I didn’t do this and I had to go over the edges a couple of times.
I am pretty happy with the end result. I have enough rug leftover to make at least one, maybe two more pillows.
I will put it beside my knitted pillow (made from a scarf). I think they compliment one another.
I have a few other projects lined up for the weekend. It’s kind of nice to start checking them off the list.
Have a great weekend!