From Boring to Beachtastic: Outdoor Pillow Makeover

Now that the weather is getting warm, Gina is excited to enjoy the great outdoors on her new porch chairs. Her one problem is that “the pillows they came with were so dull & sort of ho-hum.” Luckily, Gina had a pair of old couch pillows hanging around “for just an opportunity like this.” She’s showing us at Kleinworth & Co how she upcycled them into a set of new, eye-catching outdoor pillows!


Instead of spending $30 each for pillows in the “beachy colors” she wanted, Gina found a set of seat cushions in her favorite color. She cut out the stitches, took out the interior cushions (you know, to save for the future!), and stuffed her old couch pillows inside. Then she hand-stitched the opening. Gina says, “for less than $20 I was able to revamp these old pillows with something I can actually tie on to my chairs so they don’t blow away.” Pretty sure all the genius points go to her!

upcycled-outdoor-pillows-patio-furnitureSee the complete instructions at Kleinworth & Co.

Painted Outdoor Pillows Brighten Up Porch

Lina blogs at Fancy Frugal Life.  “Our outdoor furniture is about five or six years old,” Lina relates.  The furniture came with some plain beige pillows that were starting to look dingy.


After taking a class about chalk paint, Lina was inspired to give the pillows a makeover.  She removed the stuffing and washed the pillow cases first, then painted them with green and white chalk paint.  Lina even stenciled designs on the pillows for a final touch.  Don’t you love how they turned out?


Read Lina’s tutorial at Fancy Frugal Life to learn her tricks for getting the right consistency of chalk paint and preventing bleeding while painting.

Favorite T-Shirt Becomes a Pillow

Over at Creating a Beautiful Life, Anne has a friend with a favorite t-shirt who had asked if it might be possible for Anne to turn said shirt into some kind of momento, like a pillow.

Creating a Beautiful Life pillow before

Anne was definitely willing to try!  She cut out the graphic logo on the front of the shirt, and since knits aren’t the easiest to sew on, she stabilized the lightweight jersey fabric with fusible cotton.  She used that part of the shirt as the forward-facing square of the pillow, adding a different fabric on the other side for the back of the pillow.  Anne followed a tutorial for an envelope pillow to make this old t-shirt a unique decorating accessory for her friend.

Creating a Beautiful Life pillow after

Find out more about this project at Creating a Beautiful Life.

Sweater Pillow

Yvonne of Stone Gable is warming up the beds and sofas at her home this winter with cozy pillows.  She makes hers from old sweaters that she finds at the local Goodwill.  “If you can sew a straight line you can make these sweet sweater pillows!” Yvonne says.

Stone Gable sweater pillow before

Yvonne has some great ideas for adding cute embellishments to these pillows.  She uses just about every part of a sweater to make these, so there is very little waste.  I think my favorite look is the ruffled pillow–I guess I’d never thought of ruffling a sweater like regular fabric.  Too cute!

Stone Gable sweater pillow after

Make sure you check out Yvonne’s easy to follow tutorial for making these pretty pillows at Stone Gable.

Burlap Rice Bag Pillows

Natalie from Crème de la Craft has been stocking up on empty rice bags, waiting for the perfect way to upcycle them and incorporate their earthy, rustic goodness into her décor.


She did just that by repurposing the bags into simple DIY throw pillows that require no sewing thanks to the zipper closure that’s already on the bag. The bags also feature colorful, vintage designs so there’s no need for stenciling or transferring images. Like Nicole says, “So paint it, stuff it and enjoy your new throw pillows!” It’s that easy!


Head on over to Crème de la Craft for the tutorial.

Argyle Sweater Pillow

Jenny from DIY Newlyweds was inspired by all the sweater pillows floating around to make one of her own. She started with an old argyle sweater that had been hanging out in her Goodwill pile.

sweater to pillow

I love how Jenny utilized the argyle print and added the cute rosette from the excess fabric. This is a great way to reuse old sweaters as you pack away your winter clothes. You can also be on the lookout for cute, cheap sweaters at your local thrift store. From prints to solids to chunky knits, there are tons of options out there to fit your style!


Get the tutorial at DIY Newlyweds.

Crewel Work Pillow

Heather from Larissa Hill Designs spotted a great piece of framed crewel work while perusing a local flea market and purchased it for $8. Although a little yellowed around the edges, the crewel work was in great shape.

Framed Crewel Work

Heather took it home, removed the crewel work from the frame, pressed it, and made it into a pillow for her family room. I love Heather’s creativity in finding a piece of framed art and turning it into a pillow. One key to finding treasures among secondhand items is the ability to look beyond the obvious!

Crewel Work Pillow

Read more at Larissa Hill Designs.