I love both the look and function of outdoor pillows during the summer.
And we really use them! But we’re also really forgetful about remembering to bring them in during bad weather so I didn’t want to spend a lot of money.
When I found these fabrics for only $3 and $4 a yard I thought I’d found a bargain until I saw pillows at Marshalls…out of the exact same yellow trellis-like fabric…for only $10 each!
At that price, why should I bother making them?
Since I’d already purchased the fabric, it became my self appointed mission to make outdoor pillows for less than I could have purchased them.
Technically, the floral wasn’t labeled as an outdoor fabric but it has the same weight and feel as typical outdoor fabrics. Plus, at $3/yd, the price was perfect. I could make 2 @ 20″ pillows with self cording for less than a yard. $1.50 per pillow!
Several weeks ago, I rounded up 5 or 6 old bed pillows that were stained and pitiful looking and tried to wash & whiten them back to new.
It worked on half of them.
The other half were definitely whiter but too lumpy for anyone to sleep on.
I was about to throw them out when I remembered my quest for cheap backyard pillows.
I cut the pillow cover open and pulled out the polyester filling – shown above right.
I turned the empty pillow cover wrong-side out and cut one side down to create a smaller, square pillow cover.
The trick to reusing old polyester filling is to literally shred the pressed polyester. Pull a section off, imagine really stiff cotton candy, and keep pulling it apart, shredding it into smaller, fluffier pieces.
Use the newly shredded polyester filling to re-stuff the pillow cover.
The newly, fully stuffed pillow may still be a bit wonky but it’s perfect for outdoor pillows.
I was able to reuse three old bed pillows to create 3 new 20″ outdoor pillows.
I made the yellow pillow cover, shown above, like a standard envelope-back sham which uses another old bed pillow.
Scott calls our swing “The Thinking Chair”. After work he grabs his iPad or a book, tells me he’s headed to the Thinking Chair and proceeds to think…aka wind down and take a nap.
Before, he would always grab a pillow from our bed to use on the Thinking Chair. Now he has several other options, made specifically for outdoor Thinking Chairs.
I made 2 floral and 1 yellow 20×20 pillows with self piping and 1 standard size sham with a 1″ self flange.
Fabric for 2 Floral pillows $3
Fabric for 2 yellow pillows $6
Repurposed old bed pillows $0
Total = 4 pillows for $9!
Fabrics – Interior Fabrics/fabricresource.com