Easy Bandana Pillows

Hello there! I have a simple and fun tutorial to show you today that I think  you are doing to LOVE. Only a few supplies and several spare minutes and you can dress up your front porch for summer in no time at all! And on a tight budget too!

Check out these Easy Bandana Pillows I made for my front porch bench!

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Are those not the cutest, happiest looking pillows?? Did y’all know that Hobby Lobby has really fun and really trendy bandana prints available? Did you also know they are only 99 cents each? HOLLA!

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Do you want to make some of your own? Here’s what you’ll need…

  • bandanas
  • polyfill
  • thread
  • pins
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • *For a no-sew pillow, you can always try using fabric glue.

How-to:

  • Fold the bandana in half and pin edges together all the way around. 
  • Sew all the way around the perimeter of the bandana, leaving a small opening a the end.
  • Stuff full with polyfill.
  • Pin the opening shut.
  • Sew closed.
  • Don’t forget to back stitch at all the places you start and stop your sewing!

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I just love this print! The color and the pattern… makes my porch look happy!

Let’s take a look what two 99 cent bandanas can do to transform your front porch…

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Bandanas to pillows…

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Sad bench to happy bench! What do you think? This is definitely a beginner sewing project. VERY easy. 

Notice the cute little pillow in the middle with the vintage fabric hearts? I’ll be sharing more about that soon!

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If you liked this project, you might like some of my other pillow projects!

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Pottery Barn Inspired Flag Pillow (super old tutorial, but still a favorite)

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Flag Placemat Pillows (another oldie but a goodie)

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Kitchen Towels to Pillows 

Simple Pillows {upcycle project}

I decided to start finding ways I can make my front porch look a little more cheery. 
It all started with the bench makeover… now I am on to accessorizing the front porch.
First up? Pillows of course.
If you’ve ever bought throw pillows or decorative pillows, you know they are not cheap. Personally, I don’t want to spend a ton of money on outdoor pillows. So I opted to make my own. 
That’s right. I used kitchen towels that I found on clearance at Target a couple months back to make my new outdoor pillows.
I did a double take when I saw these chevron kitchen towels at Target. Then I proceeded to toss 4 of them into my cart when I noticed the clearance tag. In case you can’t read teeny tiny print… They were marked down to $2.99. But wait! It gets better… when I was checking out the towel rang up at $1.99 each! The Target cashier informed me they had been marked down again. SCORE!
It took me a bit to decide what I wanted to used these towels for. They were the perfect fabric to make pillows, aprons, a skirt for my daughter… It was really difficult to decide, but once I did I got right to work.
Since the edges of the towels were already hemmed, I just pinned the edges together and sewed! I left a small section open so that I could stuff them with fluff, then sewed them shut.
Once I finished stuffing and sewing the pillows, I felt like the black chevron pillows needed a little something.
So I bused out my fabric and button stash and got to work again. The fabric flowers turned out so cute I almost kept them as hair fascinators : )
My bench looks so happy now. 
I so happy with the way this upcycle project worked out!
Total cost: Less than $15 for 4 outdoor pillows
What do you think of my new pillows?
Have you upcycled anything lately?
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A new year, a new bench

That’s right. 
I am determined to attack some of the projects I did not get around to last year.
DE-TER-MINED.
So I started with the bench on our front porch.
Good choice, right? This bench was given to us (aka: FREE) and it’s been sitting on our front porch just like this for about 2 years now. And every time I walk past it (which is often since it’s on my front porch), I tell myself that I’ve got to paint this thing. I mean look at it. It’s a pretty sad bench.
So I scrubbed it down and I took 2 cans of this…
And turned that sad, old bench into this…

And a few cheap placemat pillows later, you got yourself a NEW-ish, much happier bench on the front porch.
Mission accomplished.
I ♥ spray paint!
Now…what shall I tackle next…
In case you aren’t our friend on Facebook yet, you should check out this week’s FB post theme!
I’m sharing TONS of different ways you can organize and simplify your daily life for 2012. I’m sure you will find something of value, so stop by and say hello!

Flag Placemat Pillows

Last year I found a couple of flag placemats at Dollar Tree and recently I acquired a bag of poly-fil from a garage sale. I thought they would make great little pillows for the bench on my front porch. 
You can check out my placemat pillow tutorial here.
And how cute do they look with my Pottery Barn inspired pillow that I made last summer?
Have you worked on any patriotic projects lately? I would LOVE to see them! Leave me a link in the comments :)
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Placemat Pillows

I was looking at the naked bench next to my front door. It’s hard to miss actually…sticks out like a sore thumb. It probably could use a good coat of paint, but I have yet to pick out the color. So until then, I knew I needed something to dress this bench up.

This project was inspired by my lovely, very crafty friend over at Teachin and Preachin. She did not blog on her project, and she really should. You will agree once you see what I made…all thanks to an inspiring friend :)

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Aren’t these the cutest?!?!? Seriously! Now you see why I had to copy my ingenious friend!! (Let’s all go over to her blog and peer pressure her to post more…she makes the best crafts/projects!)


I found 4 matching placemats at Dollar Tree, but only used 3 to make the pillows…1 placemat per pillow. I thought it would be fun to use the fourth placemat to make a flower on one of the pillows…give it a little eye candy :)


Have you ever used a button cover kit? Coolest thing ever and so inexpensive. I bought mine at JoAnn’s for under $4. Make sure you buy extra replacement buttons…only 4 come in the kit. And you will love it so much that those 4 buttons will be gone in 10 minutes or less. Buttons on anything and everything…

I used a piece of lime green scrap material for the center of the flower. I covered my button with a white scrap from the fourth placemat. I already had the stuffing for the pillows…leftovers from the cute pillows I made for L’s bedroom

Sewing these beauts was super easy. Fold the placemat in half right sides together (or inside out) or in “hamburger style” as I say in my classroom :)  Pin and sew, leaving an opening to flip right side out and stuff. Hand stitch closed. Done. Love these pillows!

Can you believe these placemats came from Dollar Tree??? Granted they were really the only cute ones I saw and they are the exact same ones my friend used…but totally worth every penny…or 400 pennies :)

Yes, the bench is still in need of some love…but she is much happier with her placemat pillows… 

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PB Inspired Burlap Flag Pillow {tutorial}

How many of us LOVE Pottery Barn but whose husbands would kill us if we actually purchased something for full price from this little haven of home decor??? Yeah…me too. 

As I was Pottery Barn surfing, I stumbled upon this cute pillow for the 4th of July. I have also been meaning to use burlap (since it’s so cheap and the new “in” thing to work with), so I decided to make this pillow myself and save myself a pretty little penny. 

You will need:
-craft paint (red, white, and blue)
-fabric medium (to mix in with craft paint) 
-3 sponge brushes  (one for each color you are using)
-star stickers (you decide on size…I bought cheap, small star stickers…color does not matter)
-burlap (measurements depend on what size/shape pillow you will be making)
-stuffing (or an old pillow you want to recover)
-sewing machine
-thread
-scissors
-rottary cutter
-ruler or straight edge



Step 1: I first decided on shape and size. I used a pillow from L’s playroom (purchased at Ikea) as my pattern and cut the burlap to size.


Step 2: Mix the paint with a few drops of fabric medium. 



Step 3: Paint flag using sponge brushes (white background for starts and red & white stripes). *Paint the background of the stars all white first. You will see why later. Also, my flag only has 8 stripes…you can do 13 if you can fit them.



Step 4: Let dry. *I used my blow dryer to speed up the time.


Step 5: Place star stickers on white background and press down firmly.


Step 6: Dab blue paint over star stickers and cover the white background. Let dry. *Again, I used my blow dryer to speed up the time.

Step 7: Peal off star stickers carefully. *I used a toothpick to help me get the stickers up. 


Step 8: Fold inside out and pin edges. Sew 3 edges, leaving one open for stuffing.



Step 9: Turn right side out and stuff.



Step 10: Fold down last edge and hand stitch closed. DONE!!

I wanted to do something on the back of my pillow….This is what I came up with…

Patriotic pillow from Pottery Barn = $35
Pottery Barn knock off = $3-$5 and about 2 hours of time



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