DIY Thrift Store Pillows


So What started this whole venture is I had this skirt that I LOVED the fabric it was made out of, but it didn’t really fit me right and I never wore it. So I decided to make a pillow out of it! It is the one all the way to the left. So this gave me the idea and I went thrift store shopping. I came home with 2 skirts, a dress and 2 pillows for under $14. Are you ready? Here we go!



First you want to eliminate any gathers your skirt or dress has. Cut off the waistband or bodice leaving you with this.




Cut a nearly perfect square. Don’t worry about it too much. I just eyeballed it. We can fix any less than straight lines when we sew.




If the skirt or dress came with a lining, I would recommend using it in your pillow. Super thin pillows aren’t that attractive. So if you are using a lining, cut them the same size as your fabric squares.




Next, You are going to lay your lining pieces on the wrong side of the fabric on both squares. Then, place the sandwiched pieces together, right sides together.



Pin in Place




Sew all around the edge leaving a small opening about the width of your hand to put the stuffing in. I sew mine like this, so that when you close the pillow later, you don’t have to worry about the corners.




Snip corners and trim edges.



Now, Turn your pillow right side out! Look how nice! Pat yourself on the back!  From Here I like to iron all of the seams nice and flat, Paying special attention to the opening. Pressing it so it matches the rest of the seams.



Now for the STUFFING! I got my stuffing from the aforementioned pillows. I cut them opened and stole the fluffing from inside. Shhh. .  don’t tell anyone. Much cheaper than buying fluffing from a craft store.



After stuffing the pillow, I lay the edges of the opening nice and flat and either hand stich them shut, or use the machine. These I handstitched. There is less room for error that way. Using the machine can be tricky because you are going to be fighting the pillow trying to keep it flat under the foot of the machine. No thanks.



TA DA!!!! You are all done! Now have fun Sewing!






Which one is your favorite?

Do you have some things in your closet that would make great pillows?

By His Grace,