4.23.2010

Outdoor Pillows on the Cheap

On Wednesday I showed you my new rocking chairs, and promised that I'd tell you about my new outdoor pillows, and how you can score some of your own.

First, I stopped by my local Goodwill, and happened to stumble upon four square pillows, for $1.50 a piece. On the same trip, I got an outdoor tablecloth ($3). All this stuff was made with polyester, so I knew it would be good for outside.

The only non-polyester, non-outdoor-friendly part of this was the blue cotton material covering the pillows. (But the stuffing in the pillows is polyester, so we're still good.) And that's what the tablecloth is for. I just cut it into squares and sewed a simple cover (inside out, so the color wouldn't bleed through) for the pillows. Voila! Instant waterproofing.

Here's my one splurge: I bought 1 1/2 yards of Waverly outdoor fabric for $12 a yard.

Then I sewed a simple pillow cover, and for the price of one Ballard Design pillow ($27 total, people!), I got four.
I love a bargain!


15 comments:

Leslie said...

I did something similar with our existing outdoor cushions - some outdoor fabric from JoAnn's and they look brand spanking new! Mine were a little more than $27 though! Great deal!!!

Jen@Notes From the Heartland said...

Great thinking using the tablecloth to waterproof the pillows! I was just thinking the other day that my porch could definitely use more pillows...I will be using your advice for sure!! :-)

Momza said...

An inside-out tablecloth?? Whodathunk?
Clever clever!! Thanks!

Momza said...

p.s. it's snowing like crazy down here in the Springs...we even have a snow day!
Did you guys get any up there in Denver?

Jessica said...

I love the pattern that you chose for those, too! Very sophisticated!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Yes Momza! I was laughing this morning when I posted this, because I haven't been able to sit outside all week due to the hail and rain and snow! I guess that's what I get for jumping the gun on my summer decorating! Stay warm and dry! :)
Carrie

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

So clever -- they look great! :)
Blessings,
Stacey

Jboo said...

Wow!! Beautiful!! Makes me want to go to Goodwill AND get out my little ol' sewing machine!

Have a fun weekend!

Janet

Heather said...

Wow Beautiful and a great bargain!! Thanks for the inspiration - now go enjoy those chairs!
:-) Heather

Valley Art Project said...

I love your look. Where did you get your rug? Thanks

allthingsjuice said...

Brilliant. I'm in awe (again).

Amber said...

SO smart to make covers out of a plastic tablecloth to go under the fabric!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

FYI: The outdoor rug was from Target a few years ago at the end of the season. It's a bit faded, but still functioning great!

The Little Red Shop said...

What a lovely deck, Carrie! You've outfitted it so beautifully. The wee snippet of your view looks like the topography just east of where I live.

: )

Julie M.

OutdoorPillows said...

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thanks!