My .50 cent Pillows

Stitched up a couple of pillows today. Well, sort of. Halfway stitched.

I was at TJ Maxx the other day and came across these two place mats. I liked the large stitched flower on them.

They were only .50 each. So, I thought I could turn them into pillows since there were only two of them left.

I just ripped out the seam on one side. It was topped stitched all the way around. Then I realized I should have washed them first because they were a bit stiff. There was some interfacing in them. I wish I had washed them prior to removing the seam on one of them as it would have not frayed at all. But it wasn't bad. I pressed them after they dried.

I had an old pillow that I was not using. It had gotten lumpy. So I ripped it open and refluffed it. Just pull it apart and it will refluff. I fluffed and I stuffed.

Then I pinned it closed. I have no pics of me sewing it because I was having a fit trying to get that fat thing under the needle and keeping it there. It then occurred to me that perhaps I stuffed it to much. So, I removed some, Stitched it almost all the way and then replaced just some of it so it wasn't so gosh darn fat. It would have been a lot easier to hand stitch it close but it was topped stitched elsewhere.

And there you go. Two pillows for .50 each. Not too shabby. They will eventually go outside on the lounge chairs I'm still looking for.

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  1. I've seen that done before on another blog and I think it's brilliant! But somehow I always seem to forget when I'm out shopping to look at placemats! Yours are fabulous!

  2. Those are nice! You did a great job~they look very upscale. :)

  3. Hi Anita,
    Wow! Your pillows look like they came from a high end store! What a great idea :) Love the color, you did a great job! Now I will have to go placemat shopping!

  4. Pretty neat Linda!!!
    I think they look just perfect!!
    how are your beaches looking?
    Thanks to GG, I got a first hand look at the beach in Panama City..still looking good!!
    thanks for stopping by!
    warm sandy hugs..

  5. Waht a cool idea, I never would have thought of that! I laughed at the image of you trying to stuff fat pillows near your sewing machine needle, having also done that myself, muttering a few choice words as I attempted it, lol.

    xx Karen

  6. Hi! So nice to meet another beach girl, glad to have discovered your blog. I am always amazed at talented people who can so... I have tried and tried and tried again - not happening. Great idea, and very cute pillows!

  7. Those turned out so well, I would never have thought to put them together that way. You are so clever.


  8. Great find. I love the color.

  9. I did something similar to this the other day too (but haven't had time to blog about it yet!) Love the flower.

  10. You are so clever!! I love them and you can't beat the price!

  11. Anita,
    This is one NIFTY THRIFTY idea...love it! Hope you have a FUN weekend:)


  12. I have some gorgeous flamingo placemats. I don't want to cut the design so maybe I'll make it a rectangle. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Katharine @ Kat's Almost Purrfect World


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