Apr 26, 2012

Terrycloth Pillows

The need to sew pillows overcame me again yesterday. You all remember my dollar store placemat pillows? They were very popular in blogland, and with a certain big yellow dog. I find her snuggling one all the time.

I had planned to go buy some striped placemats to make pillows for the patio furniture, but then decided I wanted something softer. Suddenly it hit me - what about teatowels? Bonus that the dollar store has a far larger selection of pillow-suitable teatowels then there had been of placemats.

The ones I chose came in a two pack for $2, one patterned and one solid. I bought two green and two blue because I couldn't decide. And you can never have enough pillows, right? I scooted over to Walmart to buy some zippers and headed home.


Sewing them up was pretty easy, although I did have to put the zipper in twice because - surprise! - the two teatowels weren't exactly the same size and I'd started with the larger one. Nothing like pinning a zipper in place and finding that it ends an inch past the edge of the material.

What do you think?

The pillow is a little longer than I'd anticipated. If I make more in the future (after these four), I might cut the material down to two-thirds of the length. The total price was $2 for the teatowels + $3 for the zipper  = $5 for a brand-new (oversized) pillow! I have a closet full of throw pillows from Goodwill so I didn't even have to buy new stuffing.




And Chloe loves this one just as much as the Paris pillow.  



She even went looking for it when I put it up out of the little dog's reach (The new pillow is not a chew toy!)  But I see why she loves it - it is really soft and cushy. The terry cloth makes you just want to snuggle right into it. Plus with a zipper the cover will be easy to remove and wash when it gets dirty - and you know it will.


I love the bright green & yellow stripes. The blue towels have polkadots. I can't wait to show you those. And I can't wait to test the pillow out on the hammock.

Come on warm weather, where are you?

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I'm linking up here this week.  

58 comments:

amy said...

Oooh, love it!  I love the towels you chose!  Fun stripes.  I actually like the longer length too...makes it a little different than what you usually see.  Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

Linda said...

Well, Chloe has great taste!  Thanks for linking up this fabulous pillow to at Pillowpalooza!

:)

Linda

Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. said...

Great idea!  It would be really cool to make a set with matching towel for the beach!  Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party!  Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

Sherie said...

I so on this!!! And I NEVER even thought about upcycling throw pillows!!! Wow! Just wow! Gorgeous!

I Gotta Create! said...

Great idea that looks great too. Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

Diana Meredith said...

This is a great idea!  I really like how they turned out.  
I came over from Country Momma Cooks.  Thanks for sharing!

Thistlewoodfarms said...

I love your pillows, but I think I love Chloe even more!  Thanks for linking to the party!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!
karianne

Andiwinslow said...

Beautiful doggie, glad she likes the new pillows.  and they are nice also.   andi

Alisha Schultze said...

I love how these came out!! The fabric is beautiful!! Stopping by from Show and Tell Saturdays linky party.

Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/04/another-coat-for-holly.html

2yellowbirdsdecor said...

That is so cute! I love the colors of the fabric! Thanks so much for sharing this as well at Thursday's Temptation.
Jill

lfrank1018 said...

These came out great! Love it! Thanks for sharing at A Pinteresting Party!

Toodie said...

Love the brightness and cheerfulness!  Thanks for the inspiration!

Elizabeth said...

Love this!  These are my favorite colors :)  You did a fabulous job.  Coming from the Pinworthy party over at Just Us Four and Broken Treasures!  Thanks for linking up :)

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Thank you! I love the coats you make!

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Thank you! (And Chloe thanks you.)

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Yep, she's a snuggler!

Jaclyn Martinez said...

I found you at Motivate Me Monday, and this is a really cute idea. You did a great job, and I can't wait to try it now :) Thanks for sharing !

Chrissy said...

I love these!  The colors are perfect!

Stephanie Richardson said...

So cute! Love the colours for summer!

~Steph @ Silver Boxes

Seaweed & Raine said...

They look terrific! I love the colour you chose, and what an inspired idea anyway... you have got me thinking on what I have in the cupboard that I could stitch up! :)

Four Sisters said...

Using towels to make out door pillows - Brilliant!

Thanks for joining our Beautify It Monday Link Party!

-Four Sisters

Jessica Jean said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up your project to Mauvin' Monday!  When you get a chance, don't forget to stop by and share your Twitter account on the new Tweet Leap! 

http://www.vintagemauve.com/2012/05/01/its-a-tweet-leap-and-referral-love-too/

Cheers,
Jessica

Katie Jasiewicz said...

Love this pillow--perfect for the beach!

Shiloh said...

What a cool idea!  Terry cloth just looks so soft and comfy and cozy.

Marilyn said...

This is a great idea!

BarbSteadman said...

I've made three now and the dogs won't stop snuggling with them.

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amy said...

Featuring this tomorrow at One Artsy Mama!

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Melissa said...

Love it... I think I need to make one of these to use by the pool this summer. :)

xoxo,
Melissa

Rachel said...

Great idea! I love it when I find new ways to be thrifty.   Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
Rachel
adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

becolorful said...

I have always loved these shades of green so I was smitten with your thumbnail pic. :D Thanks for sharing this week on BeColorful
pam

Katie goldsworthy said...

That pillow looks awesome!!! I still have to make some outdoor pillows. I'll be looking at place mats and tea towels now too!

--Katie

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Alexis Lohrke Tanner said...

I love the colors!  And I agree that you can never have too many pillows.  :-)

BarbSteadman said...

Can you believe I bought towels to do three more? I'm up to 7 now!

Geri O said...

Great idea. I'm your newest follower. I hope you will follow me back at http://sister-number-5.blogspot.com

Ashley said...

I want to snuggle with Chloe! SO cute. 

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