Wednesday, August 20, 2008

5-ish minute pillow

One thing I didn't know about coastal Maine is that there are quite a few small towns that have factory outlets. I'm sure it is due to the amount of tourism in the summers. I love the idea of outlets but most of the time I find that the prices aren't that much of a steal. I mean you really have to look hard for a deal in my opinion. I did find a few deals at the Crate and Barrel outlet. If we had not have been flying I would have bought a few more items because the deals are actually good. I have been wanting new pillows for our couches for probably about a year but could not find the right pattern or couldn't bring myself to pay $20 for a pillow. Pillows are expensive! I have been trying to think of creative ways to get my desired outcome, cheap. My solution came to me at the C & B outlet-placemats. I found that many placemats are 2 pieces of fabric sewn together, which makes for a really easy pillow solution. Rip a seam, stuff it with poly-fil, sew back together and volia a new pillow. So, I made two of these. LOVE the fabric and I could have done each pillow in about 5 minutes had it not been for a malfuntioning sewing machine, which really made me mad (several times). It took about 20 minutes per pillow in the end and I love the outcome. You may never look at a placemat the same again. Oh and my total cost per pillow? About $5.00.

6 comments:

Paprika said...

So clever! Love it.

Correnta said...

Awesome idea and very classy fabric! I love it!!!
Can't wait to see them in person.
You're so creative.

carmen said...

Brilliant! I might have to borrow that idea!

Anonymous said...

You are sooo cool, Jenni--what a great idea! Love the pillows. Gail

melissa said...

SUPER cute!!

mariscolgan said...

amazing! i love your ideas!!