Sunday, January 3, 2010

Re-Working Old Pillows

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Hi everyone! Do you have some pillows that you want to get rid of because you’re tired of them? Or maybe you want a new look but don’t want to spend the money for all new pillows? I thought I’d share a few easy things that I do to revitalize pillows to get a bit more use out of them and to just get a new look.
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I bought this pillow at Ikea last year and wanted to spruce it up a bit.  I thought about adding some red pom pom fringe and that looked cute but not quite right. So I tried some other ribbons that I had and found just the thing.
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I  used some fabric ribbon and fabric glue to outline the monogramming.
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I didn’t want to take the time to miter the the corners so I just folded them under.
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I like how the monogramming pops now!
I made a pillow out of an old sweater last January. It was super easy! Here’s how I did it - What To Do With An Old Sweater.
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This year I added some white pom pom fringe. I just sewed it on the outside. And the best thing is that it’s easy to remove when I get tired of it and I can reuse the fringe!sweaterpillow
Everything looks better with some pom pom fringe!
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Here’s a pillow I found at the thrift store a few years ago. Very cute – but the bee had to go!
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I added a little panel of toile that I sewed right over the bee part. I also added some buttons down the middle. This is a great way to get a whole new pillow and it doesn’t take much fabric to cover the front of an old pillow!

I hope you’ll look at your old pillows in a new way now. Look around and see what you have that you can use to change them up. A scrap piece of fabric, some trim, maybe some buttons, or brooches even if you like a bit of bling. It’s an easy and affordable way to get a new pillow without really getting a “new” pillow! 

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53 comments:

Blissitydoodah said...

Incredible! You nailed it :) I actually have that red ribbon. (Big Lots? LOL. )
I will look around and see what I can redo....
Happy New Year Manuela!

Julie Harward said...

I just love them all...but I did like the little bee! This is a great idea to add a new look to our homes..thank you! Come say hi:D

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Manuela, these are just gorgeous. I love to change my pillows and I find that just doing new covers is so much more economical. Just recycle the inserts. Very creative ideas and they all look fabulous. Hugs, Marty

Kammy said...

Great job !
I bought 6 pillows at the thrift for 50 cents a piece - for this exact reason :o) Loved seeing yours !
Happy New Year !
Kammy

DarcyLee said...

I do have some old pillows that need to be reborn with something I actually like. It's going on the list! Thanks so much for sharing. So cute.

Rhondi said...

You have such wonderfully simply ideas that provide a big result! I hope that 2010 will be a year of blessing for you and your family.
Hugs, Rhondi

Laurie Anne said...

WOW! Never thought of that! I usually take them apart when I get tired of them and repurpose all the pieces...this is fab!
Happy New Year Manuela! x

Donna said...

Your pillows are gorgeous! I love the red ribbon and pom pom fringe on the "sweater" pillow. You are so creative!
Blessings,
Donna

Connie said...

Love, Love, Love the red and white snowflake pillow and the pompoms...fabulous.

Kim said...

Very cute, it really gave them a face lift.

Terri and Bob said...

Totally in love with the sweater pillow!

Beth said...

You have the neatest ideas! I never would have thought of just adding ribbon or fabric to change up the look of a pillow. I really like the sweater pillow :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great idea, Manuela! I try to do this myself, although I think I may need to add some batting next change over. I love the monogram with the red ribbon ~ it really does make it pop and it goes so well with your red and white toile {which I love}!

Stacey said...

You're so smart! Covering that bee never would have crossed my mind. It's perfect!

Marla at Always Nesting said...

I love throw pillows and I love being able to recreate them. Thanks for all the good tips. Your pillows are adorable.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Nice improvements - although I must say I kind of miss the bee. :) That ribbon looks great - how sturdy is it? Would it survive a napping husband? Thanks for the ideas!

Lura said...

Love the pom pom fringe on the sweater pillow! It just makes it pop and looks like little snowballs all around it!

Darlene said...

I love each one of your pillow re-do's! So creative and CUTE!

Marla said...

I absolutely love everyone of your creations. You are so very talented. I love pillows and you have given me some new ideas, thanks. Blessings Marla

Angie said...

Great tips! I will definitely have to try some of your ideas!

Betsy said...

'the bee had to go'...hee! Yes, I agree! I have several tired pillows in my workroom waiting for a transformation. Now I'm inspired!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great redos! There are so many variations out there and have thought about redoing some in my guest room. I redid some back some time ago - my daughter has them now. Have a great week.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

They all look great! You have the most creative mind Manuela!
Hugs,
Penny

Tanya said...

Your pillows look great. I have some on my couch that I recovered with an old chenille curtain. Love repurposing things!

Jennifer said...

I love the difference the ribbon made in your monogram! Super easy ideas and very cute. I have a couple of pillows that need a makeover. Hmmmm...where to start....

I hope your new year is off to a good start!

xo, Jennifer

Oliva said...

I'll never see another pillow the same way again! Great idea!

Bella said...

I love what you did with all of them. What a great idea for recycling and livening things up at the same time. :) Love the new look on your blog, too.

Mimi Sue said...

Great ideas. Love the toile of course. Mimi

Indian Thoughts said...

Wow. All of them looked lovely.

MelsRosePlace said...

You clever thing..i particularly love the one with the M! Divine! Mel xxx

Tina Leigh said...

Never thought of doing anything like that. Great ideas.

Tricia Anne said...

Hi Manuela.
I have some lonesome pillows tucked away right now that would be great to use with a new cover! When I create the covers (also have some sweaters I would love to use as covers) I will let you know. :o)
Have a great week.
- Trish

sp4rk1e said...

Hi Manuela
Sorry for barging in on your blog...but after coming across it when looking for some ideas on blog templates (go figure!) i had to stop and compliment you on your cushion! I love all things homemaking and am a bit of a magpie when it comes to pretty things!
Anyway...happy new year to you!
Debs

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Ohhhhhhhh how clever you are!!!

Hugs...

Connie said...

Love the look of the made-over pillows. You're amazing! Thanks for sharing. It's time for me to spruce up my house in any way possible. This is a great way to start!

Julie said...

You are just so smart! They all turned out so cute and look like different pillows!

Vintage Girl said...

Awesome ideas!! Thanks for sharing your creativity. I can't wait to try some of your ideas in our home. Blessings, Heather

Miss Janice said...

These are all too cute! I wish that I had not dropped out of sewing school:-(
Chin Chin!
Miss Janice

The Good Life in Virginia said...

like the pillow work...you always think of the best things to freshen items up :)
happy new year.

Linda said...

Great inspiration. I'm recovering some of mine because I want a whole new look. But your ideas would add some nice detail to them. Those candles are so pretty. Linda

Kathleen Grace said...

Great changes and pillows are such a simple way to freshen things up!

Melissa Miller said...

They are all cute and very creative Manuela! Love the monogram pillow. :)

Rhondi said...

Hi Manueal
This post inspired me to have a pillow party next Monday. I hope you'll join in.
Hugs, Rhondi

PattieJ said...

I love the way you spruced up the pillows! Very nice.

My Cozy Cubby said...

Nice transformations! I agree, the bee had to go!

Pamela

Emily said...

I LOVE these pillows! Go Girl! :)

Melanie said...

I love the little pom pom's. They are so much fun and make me smile:)

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

I love it, Manuela! Every single one. And those candles. Did you embellish those? They're beautiful!
Brenda

Storybook Woods said...

Oh great reuse, it fabric glue the best xoxoxo Clarice

Vanessa said...

Love the pillows!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Those look so great! Your imagination is powered by an Energizer battery, right? laurie

Pink Princess said...

LOVE them all. I too have oodles of "old" pillows that can use a bit of TLC, lol. Will see to that asap.

Hugs from the Netherlands

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Oh Manuela, I found you by way of The Tablescaper and then Rose Colored Glasses Pillow Party. I am so glad our paths have crossed! Your blog is beautiful and inspirational! I have so many pillow I would love to re-work. And when I saw the toile- be still my heart!!!!!
Love your style- I am a new follower!
Yvonne