Monday, February 18, 2013


 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... 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...


Theresa said...

Love it. You are one smart cookie:). Have a blessed day! Hugs

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Rebecca,
You at least honored a lady from Thailand by geniously preserving her hemstitched linen work!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Such a great idea, Rebecca! I'm going to start doing that when I'm at Goodwill. Love that pillow!

Jacoba said...

Very clever, Rebecca, it looks great! Linnens, cottons and wool are so beautiful.
love from Holland,

Anne said...

What a great idea to repurpose that shirt!What a beautiful pillow.Yes as a business person I know how important it is to keep costs down.If I pay to much for something that is added on to the price of and item.And these days everyone is watching there wallets.

Susan said...

Rebecca, your pillows are gorgeous! I love that you re purposed the linen jacket.

Maggie said...

Beautiful upcycling, Rebecca!!! I agree that second hand goods are a GREAT source for materials. The buttons and edging are perfect!

Good luck with all the fluffing for the new shop!!


stefanie said...

its are sooooo cleaver!!!!!!

NanaDiana said...

What a great idea, Rebecca. I sometimes reuse clothes to make doll clothes and use the button area as the front of blouses-or the backs of dresses. Love the pillow idea. Can't wait to see your shop- xo Diana

The Polka Dot Closet said...

You are a genius, I am so going to put this on my list of things to look for when out thrifting! I love it! Can't wait to see your shop!


Simply Debbie said...

You are that girl in the 1800's Hallmark movie that takes some silk material that the uppity rich woman threw out....then you are invited to the ladies tea and you walk in, in a stunning dress you made from rags...everyone wanted to know the designer...APG Designs, you say...they ooh and aah and want you to contact the designer for know how the story goes...your booth will be a big hit Miss Rebecca.

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Just beautiful Miss Rebecca!!!

Love Debbie xxoo

Carolyn said...

Wow!! What a great idea!!! I have some dresses and blouses that my mother made (she's in nursing home now)...and this would be a great way 2 get them out of storage and enjoy the beauty as well as the memories!! Thanks, Rebecca!!

Rebecca, it is so NICE to see u back full-time...and it looks like you are truly back into the swing of things! So glad you healed so nicely!! :)

Well I have some catching up to do! I am in bed early tonight due 2 a pulled muscle in my back (side)...injury is a result of playing w my beautiful sweet granddaughters, so I can't be too upset! ;) anyway, a perfect way to spend my evening catching up on your blog!! :D

Xoxo Carolyn

kerrykatiecakes2 said...

Love your upcycled linen cushion!

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