On Saturday I showed you some of the latest French themed pillows destined for my local booth space at Serendipity Market (Edmond, OK)... Hope to have my wee little shoppe up and running and fully stocked in a couple of days. Sooo much work to do...hauling of furniture, pricing/tagging and lots of arranging!
Today I'm sharing with you another pillow and I hope you'll be inspired to create something similar while re-purposing great used, vintage or second-hand clothes. We all know our local thrift stores are filled up and over flowing with such things, right?
I love working with linen, flax and high quality cottons when making pillows. The problem is the yardage is sooo expensive that once you purchase the fabric and either poly-filling or a feather insert the cost can truly get sky-high.
Add some vintage buttons (or even new shell, etc.) the cost continues to climb...
Well...to help out my pocketbook and to keep my overall investment as low as possible (I resell most of what I make so I'm always thinking about profit) I scour the thrift stores for linen clothing for possible makeovers...
I found this great late 1990's Eddie Bauer dress for a few dollars and knew it would be fabulous made into a pillow. It had shell buttons down the entire front and since it was made of 100% linen it had this wonderful color and texture to the cloth.
The entire skirt portion was used for the pillow...or about a yard (plus a little) of fabric! To make this pillow out of new and comparable linen it would have cost me three or more times as much! An added bonus was the front panel was perfect for the buttoned back! LOVE THAT and no buttonholes to make or buttons to sew on!
I'm going to be in and out this week transforming my booth into what will hopefully be a sweet place to shop!
Hope your week is fabulous!
Love to you...