Drab To Fab Pillows

June 14, 2010

Hey Friends! Hope you are all having a great day! As you know I am in the process of giving our home a fresh breath of life! An easy way to makeover your space is by adding fun pillows, they really spruce up the place!

I decided to take some old pillows I had from my previous decor scheme and revamp them!

Here is what I came up with!

Here is an up-close of my old pillows:
{It's like a Red explosion right?? As you can tell these for sure needed a revamp! Ya see I am in the process of re-decorating our living room in more bright and vibrant colors, so naturally all this red had to GO!}

Why spend more money on new pillows when I can just take these old ones to a new level!

Here they are!!
{Ahhhhh! Much better right?}

Want to be able to make your own?

Here is what you need:

~Old pillows in need of a new life
~New fabric that compliments your decor
~Measuring tape
~Scissors
~Sewing machine
~Zippers if you decide to make slipcovers (Optional)

This is how I did it:

1. Choose fabric that goes with your decor. I chose fabrics in my scheme of: Orange, Celery Green, Yellow, and Neutrals.
#1 is a plain orange broadcloth.
#2 is a green and white feminine print.
#3 is a vintage floral print sheet I found at a thrift store.
{I also used it on a couple of ottomans HERE.}

#4 is a ribbed cotton in shades of yellow.

2. Make a slit at the top of your old pillows to be able to remove filling from the old case.
3. Remove filling or pillow from the old case.

4. Use the deflated pillow case as a template to measure how large to make your new pillows. This can vary I decided to make 2 over-sized pillows along with a medium square shape, and a rectangle shape. The over-sized pillows I used the pre-determined case from one of my pillows which was 24"x24", the medium square is 15"x15", and the rectangle is 14"x10". You don't have to use my measurements just determine what measurements will be good for your space.
5. Cut your fabric to your pre determined sizes.
6. Sew your previously cut fabric inside out leaving a part of the seam open so you are able to your pillow stuffing into the slip cover. Also if you would like to add a zipper to your slip cover do it here.
7. Turn your pillow case right side in and stuff with your "old" pillowcase's covers stuffing.

8. If you did put a zipper in during the sewing step just skip this step ;). After filling the case to your liking sew in your opening either on the machine or by hand, be sure to tuck in your raw edges for a finished look.

9. Enjoy!!
{I added an additional inch seam as a decorative edge.}


So what do you guys think? This is such a money saving project, it provides a great personalized touch on a budget! All I had to pay for is the fabric in this project, I also had some left over for future projects, Bonus!!

If you have any questions about this project or just for fun please let me know I am more than happy to help! Hope you all have a great day!! Love, love.

You can find me linking up to some awesome parties HERE!!

43 comments :

  1. Love what you did! I am into pillows right now!
    Have a wonderful day!

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  2. Those turned out so cute! I love the fabric choice!

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  3. Thanks for coming to my PAR-TAY!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  4. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

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  5. You did a great job revamping those old pillows. I love the colors you chose! I have a couple that need some revamping of their own.

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  6. Hi Morgan! These turned out so great. I have covered old pillows too. It makes all the difference. I love how you used the same fabric of your ottomans on one of the pillows. I can't wait to see the whole room.

    Thanks for linking to Messy Monday. Your projects are so bright and lively. They always make me SMILE!

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  7. Thanks for joining the blog hop! I am your newest follower!

    xo Erin

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  8. i love pillows and these ones are so cute! Following from Blog Hop. come by mine too..:)
    http://underneathhiswrapping.blogspot.com/

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  9. those pillows look fabulous! i love that vintage sheet you found! following from the bunny hop:-)

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  10. you're really making me wanna take up sewing! You make it look So easy! I will tell my sister in law about your blog b/c she loves to sew!

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  11. What fun pillows. I love all the fabric.

    I am hosting a giveaway and would love it if you checked it out!

    Laura @ along for the ride

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  12. That is a great idea to revamp your old pillows. I think I have done that before. Plus I know I am saving old pillows to reuse in another way. Just have not done it yet! Congrats on finishing yours!

    Linnea

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  13. You did a beautiful job in recovering your pillows! :o)

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  14. Those pillows are soooo festive and thanks for the tut.

    I came here via Toot Your Horn Tuesday. Hope you can visit me sometimes over at Pittpat Paperie.

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  15. You did a great job! Thanks for helping us have a great Tuesday at Anything Related! ~Bridgette

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  16. Those pillows are super cute!!! Great job!!!

    New follower from FMBT!!! :o) Please follow me back!!!

    Please visit me @:

    http://mandysfrugaljourney.blogspot.com/2010/06/follow-me-back-tuesday.html

    Also i'm hosting a giveaway @:

    http://mandysfrugaljourney.blogspot.com/2010/06/giveaway-good-earth-mediterranean.html

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  17. I already told you I love these, but I'll tell you again! They are great.

    Thanks for linking them to Transform Tuesday!

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  18. So cool that you were able to reuse your old pillows! I know these look great in your revamped room! Thanks for letting us take a peek at your project! Rory

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  19. I sooo need to do this with my old pillows! They add so much to your decor! Great job.
    Visiting from justsewsassy.com

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  20. This project made me heart go pitter pat. Well done.

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  21. Great job! Love the fabrics you used.

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  22. Did you design your blog to match? I like the new look.

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  23. Love the 'new' pillows! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

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  24. What a big difference! They turned out so adorable! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent and for all your sweet comments!

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  25. I really like the fabrics you found and the tutorial is great. I'd love to see these linked to Fabric Fun Thursday :).

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  26. Thank you for linking up as always. You must stay so busy with all your projects. All these are looking great!

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  27. Hi there,i am from
    ireland where we call pillows 'cushions' We sleep on pillows!! I love making cushions.

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  28. Oooh I'm about to redo some of my old pillows, too! I'm really glad I found this post. It gave me lots of inspiration. Thanks girl : )

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  29. very nice...i'm going to have to start following all you girls who make such marvellous things so i can learn how to do it myself!

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  30. Cute pillows. I love the fabrics together. thanks for sharing!

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  31. Awesome! Your color choices are fantastic. And you make it look so easy!

    Thank you for participating in the Creative Therapy Session at Life in the Pitts

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  32. So very cute! I love the fabric you've chosen! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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  33. Those pillows are cute! I've been known to use fabric from pretty thrift store clothing for similar stuff, it's such an easy project to recover your existing pillows! Good job :)

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  34. Thanks for linking up at PonyTails&FishScales!
    I will be making some of these for my Mom who wants new pillows but wants to keep her old ones....which means she'll be picking out fabric and I'll be sewing soon! Love your fabric choices!!

    terelauritsen.blogspot.com

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  35. Thanks for linking up at PonyTails&FishScales!
    I will be making some of these for my Mom who wants new pillows but wants to keep her old ones....which means she'll be picking out fabric and I'll be sewing soon! Love your fabric choices!!

    terelauritsen.blogspot.com

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  36. I love the new color palette. It's so nice to start fresh.

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  37. I dig the yellow one. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

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  38. I love the new color palette. It's so nice to start fresh.

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  39. Those pillows are cute! I've been known to use fabric from pretty thrift store clothing for similar stuff, it's such an easy project to recover your existing pillows! Good job :)

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  40. Oooh I'm about to redo some of my old pillows, too! I'm really glad I found this post. It gave me lots of inspiration. Thanks girl : )

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  41. Cute pillows. I love the fabrics together. thanks for sharing!

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