Dhurrie rugs are very popular right now and for good reason. They are rich in texture and colors and are available in many great textures. Pottery Barn has one right now that I really like called the Alhambra Tile Dhurrie Rug:
It unfortunately is out of my budget right now. Well, imagine my complete surprise when at a recent Down East Home (a local outlet for Pottery Barn scratch and dents) tent sale, I rummaged through the rug sample box and found four 18″X20″ samples. These are what you can order on Pottery Barn’s website if you want a swatch of the rug to make sure it matches your home. They retail for $25 a piece. BUT at the DEH tent sale, they were $2.50 each!!! I bought all four and made pillow shams out of them. Here’s how.
- rug swatch
- heavy canvas
- down pillow
- 10 min.
I made these lickety split, nothing fancy like ironing or anything. Cut a piece of canvas slightly larger than the rug swatch. fold over the bottom edge. Sew the zipper on face down. Then sew the rug swatch on upside down on the other side of the zipper (still face down).
Fold the front of the rug and the front of the canvas together and stitch up the top. Turn it all right side out.
Fold the ends of the canvas inside the sham leaving the fringe out. I folded it so that the canvas was slightly overlapping the fringe giving the fringe a little structure. Trim up the threads and stuff with a down pillow. Voila!
Here is a close up of that texture I was telling you about. I love layering textures and colors.
The fringe that came on the rug samples just adds to the texture and finished look of the pillow.
Here are a few of them in my family room. I love how they mix with my other pillows, especially the red kilim pillows that I purchased from Pottery Barn years back.
Dhurrie Rug Swatch Pillow Sham Cost Breakdown:
- Pottery Barn Rug Swatch: $2.50
- Canvas from Home Fabrics: $1
- Zippers from JoAnn: $1.50
- Thread on hand:$0
- TOTAL: $5 each sham!
- (comparable shams retail for $49.50)