Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Pillows, Pillows, Pillows

I'm not a frilly person but I do love pillows... the problem is they're extremely expensive over here, so I'm weary of buying what I need sometimes.  I guess you can say I'm always waiting for the sale that never happens (smile).  For the past year I've been meaning to look for some colorful pillows to go on my bed.  The pillows that came with my comforter set were ok, but I wanted just a little more color.





BEFORE


Oh, I forgot to mention I hate sewing...which explains why I haven't been looking for fabric to make pillows.

But then it dawned on me, after I made my no sew chest cover, that I could do pillows the same way (boy am I slow), but I didn't want to buy any fabric because my vacation is coming up plus I'm saving for Christmas, blah, blah, blah...if I don't have to spend money, I don't want to.  So I went digging through my junk drawer (yes, I have one of those) and I came across my shower curtain I had taken down a few months ago, ummm I wonder....


SHOWER CURTAIN




I also had 5 old pillows that were thrown around

OLD PILLOWS


After gathering everything together I measured my pillows and started cutting my shower curtain to fit my pillows. I allowed  approximately 1/2 inch for seams (you can always add more if you want more slack)  


Once I finished cutting my fabric I folded it right side together and added fabric glue along the seams - note:  leave the top portion open, it should look like a pillow case.


It takes awhile for the glue to bond really well so I just let it sit overnight.  The next day I turned the fabric inside out and slid in my pillows.  How easy is that (smile).



Once the pillow is tucked in good, I turned down the top seams, and added glue to adhere it.  I then used straight pins to secure the fabric, and that's it!  Once the glue is dry you can remove the pins.

Let's see fabric $0.00;  pillows $0.00; total cost for 5 pillows $0.00.


If you want something a little more decorative or jazzy, you can always add lace, ruffles, etc.  but like I said earlier, I'm not a frilly person. 





 I like the soft, muted color variation





So, if you have a shower curtain laying around just LET YOUR CREATIVITY FLOW!

23 comments:

Kelly said...

Now that's my kind of sewing! I use fabric glue all the time, but I never thought about doing that. That's a terrific idea. I'm sooooo copying this. Ha! Your pillows add a nice bit of pattern and color on your bed. It looks very elegant. Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming my newest follower. I will follow your blog too.

Donna said...

What a great way to repurpose an unused shower curtain! Using what you already have is the best kind of project in my book! And I love the idea of a no sew pillow:)

Noelle said...

Love those pillows and I love a no cost or low low cost project!!! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Comeca Jones said...

Great job!Just the right amount of color!

Brandi said...

I love this idea! So clever! Even better that it didn't cost you a thing!!!

rachel@Acts of Life said...

This is a great idea. I always see shower curtains I like but don't need a new shower curtain...now I will look at them more as fabric ;) Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a nice comment. I don't think the follow worked, it isn't showing you on my followers list. I hope you'll try again. I am now following you! Have a great evening!

Rachel~

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I just love your smart economical makeovers. The pillows are beautiful.

Chynadoll said...

Hi, I'm your newest follower. I love those pillows! What a very creative idea. I have an old shower curtain also. I am going to have to get my glue and get busy! Thanks for the idea :)

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh wow! Awesome job. You have given me such an awesome idea. I have a shower curtain that I paid way to much money for but won't throw it out or give it away.

Paula
ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

Kathijane said...

I am a pillow lover too!! Those look terrific! Come visit me sometime.

Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano said...

Way to add color to the room... for free!

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. I'm now following too!

Between U & Me said...

Thanks for the invite! I'm your newest follower! :D

Pink Lady said...

This is a great idea... I have some pillows sitting in a closet and I had no idea what to do with them, but now I do... Thanks! Btw, I'm your newest follower!

The DIY Show Off said...

Perfect! I love the touch of soft colors! Great job!

Ispirato Design said...

Oh my gosh- those pillows would be so expensive in a store! Nice job!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You can't do any better than that! Sometimes it pays to hold onto things! : ) I love that you used that shower curtain and old pillows to get what you wanted.

Jamie said...

These are beautiful. What a difference they made. Just discovered your blog and I love it. I'm a new follower. Hope you stop by and check out my blog.
Jamie
http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

Dana from Our Life's Legacy said...

These look great! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog today :)

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Can't beat the price and you can't be the look. Great job. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

sstone said...

I think you're exactly right, those pillows add just enough color.:) Looks so nice:)
Shiloh
Everydaygameplan.net

Renewed Upon a Dream said...

I haven't tried the fabric glue you use here, but I have tried the iron-on-seam stuff & I like how that works. Your pillows turned out lovely! :)

Sherika Lovett Alston said...

Great job! I have tried to sew pillows and they never turn out good! Your pillows look awesome!! Thanks so much for linking up today!!

Pudel-design said...

These look so adorable;)
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