Friday, January 6, 2012

Dirty Dancing makes me want to sew pillows!

Let me explain...

A few months ago a group of 10 of my friends (some I have known since kindergarten) went on girls weekend to Mountain Lake for their 'Dirty Dancing' weekend!  How great does that sound?!?  Here's me on the tour, re-enacting the scene where Penny is found crying in the kitchen.

We rented a house on the lake, but unfortunately the lake was VERY low when we were there.  (Evidently, it shrinks periodically.)  Anyways, our weekend was in the midst of the Virginia Summer with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees for weeks leading up to the trip.  Well, guess what?  We got there and it was freezing!!  No one was really prepared for these cooler temperatures, so naturally we stopped in the gift shop first thing to snatch up some souvenirs and maybe a sweatshirt.

Next to the gift shop was a quaint antique store that we also explored.  There were many cute items, but I found two old cloth sacks that I decide to purchase for a mere $4 for both.  Here is one of them....

I remembered once seeing pillows made out of old sacks in some fancy store, selling for over $60 each.  I knew I could make those pillows out of my newly purchased sacks.  So, I went to the fabric store and purchased a yard of some 'fun' fabric, washed all my fabric and the sacks, ironed everything and I was ready to start.

Originally, I was just going to make the front of the pillow the whole sack and put the material I purchased on the back.  Unfortunately, the milk sack had some stains I could not get out and after some thought, I decided on this design for the front.

Basically, I cut just the 'label' part out of both sacks and then cut strips of the material to make the pillows the size I wanted.  The pillows are about 21 inches square.  So, I pinned the strips to the sack piece, sewed and then ironed the seams flat.

Once the front was done, I just sewed on the back, stuffed and I was done.  Here is the finished product on my living room sofa.

I hope this inspires you to think of ways to take something old and make it new.  I save a lot of old pants and shirts to make new things.  If the material is cool, why throw something out just because it may be out of style.  

P.S. See that old coffee table in front of my sofa, that was my grandma's and I have plans to totally jazz it up!  Look for that post in the future.

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  1. Beautiful pillows and excellent way to keep the memorable items from the trip !!

  2. Good grief those pillows are cute! GREAT job!