A Perfectly Chopped Pillow

I’ll be the first to admit I have a few quirks (zip it, mom!). I’ll straighten a crooked picture in public spaces, can’t go to bed until the house is perfectly tidy, overhaul a closet after simply opening the door, and I’m completely incapable of leaving a throw pillow un-chopped!

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You know the routine…fluff the pillow, put it in place, then give the top a perfect karate chop right in the middle. Wow, that sounds seriously OCD. It’s not like I’d repeat the process if the chop wasn’t right. I lie. I totally do would.

So you can imagine my distress when my red Target pillows refused to chop!

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Those babies were so tightly stuffed, my karate hand would fly back in my face.

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And forget trying to sit on the sofa…the pillow was like a spring board. Although it was kind of funny to watch guests struggle to get comfortable, while being propelled forward.

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The solution came in the form of an Ikea $6 down insert (posted about them here). Since the pillow cover wasn’t removable, it never occurred to me I could change the insert. Turns out, all I had to do was rip open a seam, and replace the 78 pounds of polyester filling with a down insert. Then…..wait for it…..a simple whip-stitch closed the cover back up. Yes, it is the end of time…I used a needle and thread! (Figuring out buttons is next!)

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Now all is right in my world because my pillows are perfectly chopped.

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It might seem like a small and insignificant change (okay, many of you might not even notice it), but I think the pillows look more custom and expensive now.

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Do you upgrade your pillow inserts? Better yet…let’s poll and see who’s a chopper!! Do you prefer your pillows with the perfect pinch in the top, or all plain and straight?

(Red pillows: Target; Green silk: West Elm; Blue zig zag: Missoni for Target)

And even though this wasn’t on the list, it still applies towards completing the Living Room Makeover!! Happy weekend, lovebugs!

Paint Hall Chest
Paint/Wallpaper Nook Walls
Paint Backdoor (decided against it)
Add Nailhead to Wingchair
Sand & Stain Secretary
Gold Leaf Back of Secretary
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