Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Shower Curtain Pillows

I hope those of you who’ve seen this already don’t mind a bit of a rerun.  I’m reposting part of an old post for today’s pillow challenge at the CSI project.

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Back in the summer I whipped up some pillows for my living room.  The area rug in that room is green, and so I wanted to carry that through to the accent pillows for the sectional. I started with some feather-filled pillow forms, a shower curtain, and a silk skirt, all picked up for a buck or two at thrift or consignment stores in the last year.

When I was originally planning this out in my head, I  knew I wanted to use a button closure for the shower curtain pillows, but was not excited at the prospect of making button holes (my sewing machine has become very temperamental of late).  But guess what?  Fabric shower curtains have a row of button holes along the top edge for the hooks.  It was brilliant! Basically, I just cut the shower curtain into strips, folded them over envelope-style with the button-hole edge positioned as the top flap, and sewed up the sides.  I made two of these.

 

 

For buttons, I went through my old button jar and picked six, all of them pearly white, but different designs.

 

I cut the skirt into front and back panels and sewed up three sides, and used a zipper from one of the original pillow covers for the fourth side.  I kept the skirt's contrasting edge for interest. The polka dot pillow (there are two of them) came from Target.  For a time they were selling just pillow covers for $4.99.  I decided not to worry about whether or not all the different greens work together, and instead think of it as fresh and fun.   Nature puts all different colors of green together, right?

I like my pillows cheap and comfy!

 
 
 

16 comments:

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Cheap and comfy is always good!!! :) I really do love the mix of "fabrics" you used. ;)

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

Absolutely adorable! I love creative ways to reuse fabrics -- and they look wonderful in your living room!! :)

Melanie said...

They look great!

~Melanie
www.theoldwhitecottageblog.com

Kelli @ RTSM said...

This is such a great idea! I hate to sew button holes, so this is my kind of project for sure! I will be on the look out for cheap shower curtains now:)

Kara said...

Love the colors together, and what a great idea with the button holes already being in the shower curtains! Great job!

begin with a Sunny Outlook said...

Love the shower curtain pillow idea. I've never tried to make button holes before, but with this you wouldn't even have to worry about it! And the top of the shower curtain comes with a finished look to it to boot! I'll have to try this :)

Brandi said...

very clever! way to reuse what you had and make it pretty!!!!

Suzanne said...

A beautiful pillow made better by ingenuity!

northern cottage said...

brilliant!!

Mary Joy said...

Oh wow! I love that!!!! I have a shower curtain that I love and want to use it to make something...it doesn't match our bathroom...couldn't figure out what to make it into...NOW I know! Thanks, Holly!!!

I am thankful for YOU today! :D

Blessings!

Mary Joy

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I love the stars up behind the sofa. They're gorgeous.

And I'm so impressed with your cushions. They go beautifully together.

Sarahx

joyfullyjulie said...

You're right, you are brillant - I don't do buttonholes either.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your pillows are SO cute and clever! Well done.

FrouFrouBritches said...

How did I miss these? Love that you used the shower curtain and the buttonholes!! So smart!

Ali said...

Super cute pillows, I love them! The buttons are such a great idea too. Thanks for sharing!

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