September 18, 2014

DIY No-Sew Shirt Pillow Tutorial

I've started getting together some porch decor for fall. Finally.

I have no idea why I've been dragging my feet about fall decor this year, but it's been slow going. As in at a turtle's pace.

Easy to follow instructions for making DIY no-sew pillows from shirts - quick and simple


Well, this tortoise here thought these pillows made from shirts would look cute and seasonal outside. I'm using them for fall decor, but you could easily transition them into winter decor also.

And they're no-sew, so they're quick and easy to boot.

Speaking of boots, I almost bought some cute ones the other day. Squirrel!

Easy to follow instructions for making DIY no-sew pillows from shirts - quick and simple

OK, back on point.

Quick. Easy. No sewing necessary.

I'm in.

Limelight Hydrangea in an old tomato basket

Supplies needed:

  • button down shirts - x-large is a nice size fabric-wise
  • pillow forms
  • iron-on fusible bonding tape - I used Dritz brand heavy duty Stitch Witchery
  • scissors - do I really need to list the obvious? OK, I guess I will
  • an iron
  • an ironing board
  • water for the iron - too much info?
  • cup to pour said water into iron - way too much info?

Step 1 - Get shirts

Run to your local thrift store on half price day and buy a few plaid shirts. Or denim shirts. Whatever look you're going for. Raiding your husband's closet is also an option.

Easy to follow instructions for making DIY no-sew pillows from shirts - quick and simple

Step 2 - Spiffy up shirts

Iron your shirts if they are incredibly wrinkled (like mine were) and lay them out flat on a table.

Easy to follow instructions for making DIY no-sew pillows from shirts - quick and simple

Step 3 - Determine fabric size

I used some pillows I already had to make my shirt pillows, so I took off the pillow covers and used them as a template. You will want to use chalk (I forgot to add chalk to my list of supplies!!!) to mark off an inch larger than the old pillow form to allow for seam allowance (or in this case, iron-on tape allowance).

I basically use one set of pillows for the porch and just keep recovering them over and over again for each new season.

If you are using new pillows, you need to determine how large your pillow is and add an inch all around also. For example - if you have a 18x18 inch pillow form, cut your fabric 20x20 inches to account for the seam allowance.

Easy to follow instructions for making DIY no-sew pillows from shirts - quick and simple

Having plaid fabric is a benefit in this project, since the lines on the fabric make getting your cuts straight pretty darn easy.

Step 4 - Cut. It. Out (In my best Joey Gladstone from Full House impression)

Oh, and I wanted the pocket to show, so I just made sure the pocket was nicely within that area that I would be cutting out.

Easy to follow instructions for making DIY no-sew pillows from shirts - quick and simple

Step 5 - Flip

Flip the shirt so the right/correct sides are together and place the tape between the two sides.

Step 6 - Iron away

Probably best to use an ironing board instead of an antique oak table.

Easy to follow instructions for making DIY no-sew pillows from shirts - quick and simple

You are going to iron the pillow completely shut. Trust me. Iron it together with the tape along all four sides.

Do I sounds like I'm nutso? Not really, because . . .

Step 7 - Stuff it

Unbutton the shirt, flip it right side out, stuff it with the pillow and button it back up again.

Step 8 - Pat yourself on the back

Sit back and admire one pretty cool pillow!

Easy to follow instructions for making DIY no-sew pillows from shirts - quick and simple

Or two! You might as well go ahead and make two while you've got the iron all heated up and stuff.

Easy to follow instructions for making DIY no-sew pillows from shirts - quick and simple

This is truly a fifteen minute project at the most.

And if you have your sister from Oregon visiting, you can force her to do all the ironing for you and you can sit back and eat all the banana flavored moons out of the Brach's Halloween Mellowcreme Mix like a princess.

No idea what bananas have to do with fall candy, but they were mighty tasty!

Limelight Hydrangea in an old tomato basket

Now, I did these "no-sew" so all the people who don't own a sewing machine, or don't like sewing machines or even have been scarred for life by sewing machines can still make them.

Easy to follow instructions for making DIY no-sew pillows from shirts - quick and simple

Me? I hate to thread the bobbin and that sort of keeps me from using my machine a whole lot!

If you prefer to go the whole traditional route and use needle and thread, you can see Ann from On Sutton Place's tutorial to make them that way. She's much more of a sewing aficionado than I am.

Now for the burning question. Do you love Brach's mellowcremes as much as I do?

Or are you more of a candy corn kind of girl?


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September 15, 2014

Thrift Store Tape Update

Wow, my whole rant on thrift stores and their love of packing tape sure has hit a nerve with people.

I thought I'd give you an update.

When I went in to that thrift store a few days after I posted about my packing tape woes, the girl at the checkout who follows my blog (we normally chit chat when I'm checking out and she was always asking me "what are you buying that old thing for?" until I finally showed her my blog one day) asked me if I had bought the croquet set there.

When I said I had, she got on the intercom and called over the manager and a woman from the back room. At first I thought they were going to toss my little butt out the front door. But she explained to them what my issue was and then we all stood there and discussed tape.

Packing tape to be exact.

(This has to be one of the uglier photos I have ever posted)

And why it's bad. And evil. And should never be used again.

Seriously though, it was a real kumbaya moment.

I think we may have solved the tape issue in that store. One thrift store down, 14,579 to go.


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September 11, 2014

The Crabby Crabapple Owner

When last we spoke, I was showing you my apple vignette on my kitchen table.

All is not ap-peeling in the apple world though.

My "job" every week is to pick up all the crabapples before my husband mows that part of the yard. I hate this "job".

I use quotes because I've yet to see any "money" from this "job".

Now, I don't want you to think I'm a crabapple hater. I mean, the blooms in the spring are drop dead GORGEOUS.

Gorgeous crabapple blooms against a green chalkboard

September 7, 2014

A Fall Apple Vignette

Seems like I always have apples on my mind this time of year.

Fall apple vignette for the kitchen table via houseofhawthornes.com

A few years ago, I talked about how I cheated on my favorite Golden Delicious apples by using Gala apples for my front porch decor.

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