Wednesday, September 19, 2012


 Can there be anything more wonderful than a pair of fresh 18" x 18" romantic white pillows made for just a few dollars?  Say five little bucks or so?

I think not!

'Tis true!  'Tis true!
A couple of weeks ago while shopping at my favorite thrift shoppe I found an amazing drapery panel by Pottery Barn for $1.98.  I loved the color because it was soft white, not white-white and not too yellowy!  Unfortunately there was only ONE, but that's OK!  Don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth or anything
(what does THAT mean anyway???)
even though I was hoping I'd find TWO!
 Now...if you're a pillow maker like I am then you KNOW that feather and fiberfill forms are big bucks these days.  I remember when I use to buy a 10lb box of Polyfil at SAM'S for $9.99.  Gone are those days!  Anyway...I cut up the single 84" PB panel and was able to get two ruffled pillows out of the piece with enough left over to make a smaller accent pillow!

So...what's a girl to do when she wants to save money and still have super cute stuff?

Well...she searches through all the donated pillows at the second hand store to find the ones with feather inserts and then she hauls them home.  Not everything donated is trashy or yucky, you know?  People redecorate all the time and sometimes you can really find some fabulous deals!
 Feather inserts are easy to wash and if you look carefully you can find many that are almost new!  Even though I don't use them in my retail offerings I love using feather forms in my own home.

The inserts used for these pillows were also originally from Pottery can always tell because the maker's tags are clearly attached!
Clearance bin price was $1 each!

If you're keeping track I'm at about $4.  The last dollar was spent on an oval shaped vintage crochet lace doily at an estate sale.  I snipped out the center (it had a small hole anyway) and then split it in half lengthwise.  Stretched out just a wee little bit there was enough lace to go from side to side before being stitched up
underneath the petite ruffle.
I pulled my PUMPKIN DAYS decor out last night and later this weekend I'll be working on dressing our home for Fall.  It's always so exciting!  While I was taking out the boxes from underneath our stairs I found my NOEL Christmas Pillow.  Just couldn't resist fluffing it up and placing it on the couch for a quick photo-op before tucking it back away! :)
(Maybe I'll just turn it backwards and leave it out!)

:) :) :)

 Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...I think I'm loving it!


Today I'm linking up with:

Faded Charm for White Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
Sew Much ADo for We Did It Wednesday 


Hope your hump-day is wonderful!  I'm taking new things down to my booth space at Edmond Antiques...lots of cottage rose floral pillows I'll share with you tomorrow!

Love to you...


Shabby chic Sandy said...

Good job! Those pillows look fantastic..especially for a cost of $5. I always buy ugly pillows for the pillow forms too. Pillow forms are crazy expensive. In this economy we do what we have to do!

Lesley UK said...

I love your cushions. What a bargain.By the way, re 'looking a gift horse in the mouth'refers to the fact that you can tell the age of an horse by looking at its teeth, so if you're given something; just be pleased with what you got, and don't question its worth. lol

Theresa said...

I LOVE your sweet creations:) Have a blessed day dear friend,HUGS!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love these pillows, Rebecca! I especially love the bit of lace you added under those pretty little ruffles. Yes, I know ~ I try and get pillow forms on sale or when I have a coupon. Even if I get a good deal on the fabric, the pillow form can put it over the top.

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

Gorgeous & Scrumptious pillows Rebecca!! They look perfect on your PB sofa :) Love, love, love thrifting and finding some fabulous finds!! A few days ago I found a Sienna Ricchi purse, retails for $90, and I paid just $9 for it!! What a score :) Can't wait to see your pretty rosey pillows you created for your booth space!

Warmest hugs to you my friend! ~Brenda~

Unknown said...

So cute! I have been buying lavender to put inside the pillows I make when I get brave enough to tackle that project.

stefanie said...

gorgeous!!! don't you love good finds!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Those are beautiful and thrifty! My kind of pillow! Of course they are gorgeous too!!


You are such a creative and thrifty one! Love that and those pillows! I really should take sewing lessons..I do have my Mom's old singer sewing machine that I use to fix seams! LOL!!!
Thanks for the visit and sweet comment!

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Wow, lucky you! They are beautiful, just like you!

Debbie xxoo

sharon's shabby creations said...

Wonderfull, your pillows are absolutly stunning!!

Hugs sharon

Maria said...

Wonderful finds, Rebecca and
as always
beautifully crafted pillows
with thoughtfully placed laces
and ruffles
... they are so very pretty!
*wishing you a lovely last week of "summer."
And, onward to autumn!
~ Maria

White Lace and Promises said...

Wish I'd let my mama teach me those tricks! You are soooo talented. I can't sew on a button! Yes, seriously!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Beautiful pillows as usual!! I am always snapping up bags of fiberfill at the thrift stores, I have not bought a retail bag for years. I never thought about the feather inserts!


Unknown said...

So delicate and pretty! Congrats!

Big Hugs

joanne said...

Oh Rebecca, you sure do have a way with the pillow making, and a eye for thrifting out those special pieces. The pillow are FAB, just lovely dear. said...

Congratulations on your beautiful pillows. Wonderful find. I love to make pillows too.


bj said...

Oh my...these are sooo lovely...
and your blog just takes my breath away...I love the softness of it all.
and...the frames on your photos are dreamy. What photo editing program do you use? I use PhotoScape and we have lots of frames there but nothing this dreamy. :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You really did GREAT and you are a smart shopper, too. Now I want to make some pretty pillows. I've been trying to make pillow covers and just use them on my existing pillows (since I have so many! lol) I love your style!

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Oooh, I love these pillow, too! Great idea to scout out pillow forms at the 2nd hand stores.

~CC Catherine said...

Rebecca! Don't you just love this type of "treat"? :) ~ I'm just one of those that truly thinks God gives us these little treats to make us smile. And you just did a beautiful job repurposing that drape. WOW ~ Fantastic & Chic! :)

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