A Little Pillow Talk

Okay, we talked about buying pictures at Thrift Stores/Yard sales/Flea markets and looking at them to use the frames and not necessarily buying them for the pictures. Now we are moving on to pillows.

Any of you out there who sew or just like to make pretty pillows know that buying pillow forms at the store is OUTRAGEOUS!! The prices are insane. So, that is why I look for alternatives when I am out thrifting.

Once again, I don't necessarily look at the pillow as it is. Nope. I look at it for what it could be.

I look at the size, shape and overall condition of pillows. I love to make pretty little toss pillows. It is one of those weird "relaxation" things for me. I generally like to try out different quilt designs and make them the size of a pillow. I do most of them by hand while watching TV. I think it's an instant gratification thing for me. Making a full size quilt takes a lot of time doing it by hand and well, I am not know for my patience. You are shocked right? LOL

So, the other day I hit a good sale at the thrift store. I got some pillows to be redone! A couple of these are going to remain the way they are because I really like them but, the rest will be just used for the pillow form.

As far as cleaning the pillows I get, I generally wash them in the washing machine on gentle with a mild detergent. Then I reform them if need be and let them air dry. Some will dry nicely outside on a sunny day but, some I don't want the sun to bleach the fabric so I generally lay them across an old baby gate that I put over the bath tub. I used to hang them with pants hangers but, that forces all the stuffing to settle at the bottom.

Each one of these pillows were $1.00. You can't beat that for a good pillow!



This one is going to stay just as it is. I really like it and the colors go well in my living room and dining room. It is a 18" x 18" pillow.



Beautiful fabrics were used in this. I love the lace and trims.



This is the back.

These next two I am keeping as is as well.



Isn't that just a fun and cute tapestry pillow? As a matter of fact, I spotted this one to use on this stool I got a couple of weeks ago. I want to paint the stool black. I think it will look great with this pillow!





Here is another pretty tapestry pillow. It is a "LOVE" pillow.




Now these pillows are all in great condition but, are in line for a makeover.





Do you buy thrift find pillows to redo for your home?

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25 comments :

  1. I love the pillows you're using without changing them, especially the first one. When I put pillows out to dry in the sun, I slip them inside a white pillowcase so they won't fade. Never thought of laying them flat over the bathtub. That's a great idea.

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  2. You got yourself some PILLOWS! Awesome deals...the apple one is my favorite and you do not need to change a thing! Thanks Diann for joining the partay! Have a great weekend! Debbie

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  3. I buy thrift pillows all the time! I would never buy a pillow in a store. The apple pillow is sweet. Sometimes I find vintage pillow covers. ♣olive

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  4. Great pillows. I always look for down pillows that are at the GW or Thrift stores. These inserts are wonderful for pillows that I make from discount fabric. I also find some of the greatest tablecloths at the GW and these make super pillow covers. Another way to find some great fabric for a really cheap price. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Thanks for showing us your favorite pillows. They're gorgeous! And I can't believe they were $1....Love the needlepoint pillow.

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  6. What a great idea for repurposing pillows!! I love the ones that you are keeping"as is" and I can't wait to see what you do with the others you are using as forms!

    Debbie

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  7. I love the little Snow-Line Apple pillow. I have purchased a few pillows with the intention of recovering them, but that never happened. I do not have a sewing machine (gasp! I know...) so I am limited to small sewing project that can be hand stitched. I love tapestry pillows and have a small collection of them. I have not been thrifting in a few weeks and am having major withdrawals!

    ~ Tracy

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  8. Love the pillows you are keeping as is. The first one is gorgeous!! The little apple pillow will look great on the stool. I am not much on sewing redo's but I think I could handle a pillow so I might tackle that one of these days.

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  9. The Snow-Line Apples pillow is adorable; glad you will be leaving it as is. The brown and gold one is really nice, too. Have a great weekend, Diann!

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  10. Love your pillows. I buy thrift pillows all the time. Some I redo and some are great as is.
    I especially like your little apple pillow.
    Annette

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  11. I make all my pillow, but have never thought to redo one from a thrift store, I am honestly going to think about it next time I look at pillows. I do buy all of my pillow forms and stuffing from the thrift store. People are always donating pillow forms and stuffing still in the plastic. I posted a daybed with Debbie Doo, take a look at all of the pillows on the bed!

    Carol

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  12. Oh My Gosh! Diann, How DO you do it? $1!! That beautiful pillow would cost a fortune in a store - that fabric looks so luxurious, and that tapestry pillow is so cute. Can't wait to see what you do with the others. Thank you so much for linking this to Favorite Things (although I get extremely jealous of your bargains when I visit you!) (still laughing over the comment you left on my blog.) laurie

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  13. love the pillows. i go to a particular place and hunt down pilloes. they are very expensive in the stores. have a good weekend

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  14. I like the tapestry pillows, Diann. Great deals!..Christine

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  15. Hi Diann,

    1$....what a bargain, I just bought some because I changed my couch. The top ones look like they are new. They are all different but all interesting. That was a really good deal. What a find. Thanks for sharing.

    Anne-Marie

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  16. I never thought of buying pillows from the thrift stores. I usually wait til muslin goes on sale at my local fabric shop and make my own forms with stuffing (that I also wait til it goes on sale) this way I can get the shape or size I want then recover them....but this sure would take alot of work off this old lady! Great finds! Have an awesome weekend...Beth

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  17. Just visiting from debbiedoos party! At that price even if you don't like them, the form inside is worth it! Great finds!

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  18. What a great idea, and you're right, the pillow forms from the store are outrageous! A trick I saw on a decorating show is to take a pillow form (or in this case an old pillow) and wrap it with an additional layer of quilt batting to "soften" the edges a bit, and to help give that "overstuffed" look to one that may be a bit flatter than you like. I've been wanting an easy (straight lines!) sweing project to do, I think I'll be on the look-out for some new-to-me pillows to re-do!

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  19. Hi Diann! I do the exact same thing with the pillows. In my business, I come across a lot of wicker which I refurbish/paint. I am not about to put a forlorn cushion on it. So, I clean and recover it (usually with the pocket in the back so it can be removed and cleaned). I also save any pillows and cushions I find for future projects. (You are right...pillow forms can be outrageous!) Check out my blog and you will see the covers I made for my out door sets with fabric I got for $10.00 at a yard sale. I will be posting a tutorial on the pillows/cushion covers I make in the future.

    I love what you have done with your pillows...You are extremely talented.

    Sending you my best, Karen

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  20. Love all your pillows. I always keep an eye out for them too. Every now and then I buy a new one at TJ Maxx or Ross. But always on the cheap.

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  21. I haven't because of the cleaning factor but now I think I will give your washing technique a try. You're right they are outrageous even with a coupon. Can't wait to see yours all done.

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  22. You got some great pillow finds! I have always thought it ridiculous how much they want for pillows and pillow forms. I've bought a few thrifted pillows myself just for this reason.

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  23. I do look for pillows when I'm out thrifting. I curently have one that is in line for a makeover. I can't wait to do a post on it when it is done. I love the pillow in the first picture and the tapestry one with the apple. Thanks for sharing!
    :) Michelle

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  24. Great finds on the pillows. It is great when you can use them as is.

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  25. Love the tapestry pillow also! I am learning so many tricks from my fellow bloggers!

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