DIY Outdoor Envelope Pillow

Last Fall, we experienced the storm damage that ruined our patio set.  Fortunately, shortly after that we found a new patio set to purchase from the end of season clearance.  But, then shortly after that, we had a visitor that found out that we stored our pillows, chair covers, and my drop cloth in our deck box.  The little visitor, also made quite a mess of it.  The mouse (we assume) destroyed our chair covers, drop cloth, and one of the brand new pillows.  I think I was too angry/upset to take a picture of the brand new pillow that was torn to shreds, but it looked very similar to the pictures of the drop cloth and chair covers below.

Patio - drop cloth mouse damage

Patio - covers mouse damage

Fast forward to Spring.  As soon as we got the patio furniture out, I began searching for pillows that would coordinate with the pillows for the chairs.  Since we got the patio set on clearance, we can’t get any matching pillows now.  The mouse destroyed one pillow, and took a few nibbles from the trim on a second pillow.  Luckily, we have 4 perfectly fine pillows.  My search was to find 2 that would coordinate that I could use on the chairs for the ends of the table.  I have been everywhere – every department store, hardware store, discount store, everywhere!  I could not find a pillow that would coordinate with ours at all.  Today, my search ended at Jo-Ann Fabrics.  I figured if I couldn’t buy a pillow, I could certainly find fabric that would coordinate.  It was still more challenging that I thought, but I finally found something I liked.  I bought one yard of outdoor fabric and two pillow forms.  I lucked out and the pillow forms were on sale 50% off, and I could use my 40% coupon on the fabric.

Envelope Pillows - receipt for total cost

I got everything I needed to make 2 pillows for $18.  So, I went right home and got to work.

Envelope Pillows - one yard fabric

Envelope Pillows - 16 x 16 Pillow form

Since my pillows were 16 x 16, I cut the fabric into widths of 16 and left the length at 1 yard.

Envelope Pillows - 16 inches wide

I followed the same steps I did with the shower curtain pillows, except I didn’t have any finished edges to start with, so I needed to sew both ends.

Envelope Pillows - 2 sewed ends

Then, I folded it right side in with the overlap to make the envelope.

Envelope Pillows - folded to 16 inches

I pinned near each end and in the overlap to hold it in place when I started sewing.

Envelope Pillows - Sewing the side seam

After I sewed both sides, I flipped it right side out and inserted my pillow form.

Envelope Pillows - After

The back looks like this:

Envelope Pillows - After back seam

My sewing is definitely not perfect, but good enough for me.  After all that time wasted searching for a pillow, I was able to quickly sew 2 pillow cases to get the look I envisioned for the patio chairs.

Envelope Pillows - After on patio chair

I’ll share the rest of the patio set soon.  It is finally getting back to normal again.  Anyone else end up sewing after you can’t find what you are looking for?  Or, do you start by looking for fabric first?

DIY Shower Curtain

When I previously shared our Master Bedroom and Bathroom, I didn’t share the shower stall because I didn’t have anything pretty to show.  I shared this shower curtain that I had found, but it wasn’t hanging since it is for a tub/shower combination and not a shower stall.

Master Bathroom - Shower curtain before

I finally found time (and the ambition to get out the sewing machine) over the weekend to work on modifying the shower curtain to work for the stall.  I bought a new clear liner and used that as my base.

Shower Curtain - New stall liner

I laid the plastic liner out flat to use as my guide and then put the decorative curtain on top.

DIY Shower Curtain - regular curtain over stall

First I took out the bottom seam to see how much additional length I gained.

DIY Shower Curtain - Curtain seam before

It was folded several times before it was sewed  I just carefully used a seam ripper for this step.  Fortunately, it pulled out in long stretches.

DIY Shower Curtain - Removing bottom seam

After I removed the bottom seam, I also cut about 8 inches from the side.

DIY Shower Curtain - Bottom seam removed and side removed

I needed to cut from the width so that I could use it to add to the length.

DIY Shower Curtain - Side placed on bottom

Since the length was so much longer than my modified width, I had some fabric to play with.  I decided to just gather the extra length a bit as I sewed the two sections together.  I tried to be detailed about this step, but the truth is, the fabric was very hard to sew.  It was also quite difficult to pin and have it stay pinned as I sewed.   So I just adjusted as I went along.

DIY Shower Curtain - stitching side onto bottom of curtain

I ended up with a slightly ruffled bottom edge.  Then, I just needed to figure out how to hide the less than perfect seam I had created.

DIY Shower Curtain - Side attached to bottom

I looked in my craft room and found some gold trim.  I had it leftover from reupholstering the chairs in our living room.  I knew there was no way I could sew it on and have it look nice, so I went with my trusty glue gun.

DIY Shower Curtain -  Attaching trim

It covered the seam quite well, and added a nice pop of color.  My modifications added enough length, that I could even raise the curtain rod a bit higher.

DIY Shower Curtain - After

Overall, I’m pleased with the results.  I am finally not ashamed to show my shower stall.  And, I did it all for the cost of $1.25 for the curtain and some materials that I had on hand.  I didn’t factor in the cost of the new liner, because I needed one anyhow.  So what do you think?  Do you think my hot glued on trim will withstand the steam of the shower?

DIY Pillow Cases from a Shower Curtain

My mother-in-law bought this butterfly and flower shower curtain a while ago for her house.  She decided it didn’t work in her bathroom, so she asked if I wanted it.  I said of course.  I knew it wouldn’t work in my bathroom for two reasons.  First, I have a shower stall, and second I am very committed to my sand and shell décor.   We do have another full bathroom, but its the one that Bob primarily uses, and I was pretty sure he wouldn’t want it to be so feminine.  So, I decided to get creative and turned the shower curtain into pillow cases.

DIY Pillow Cases - Butterfly Shower Curtain before

I thought that the color of the curtain might look good in my craft room.  I had decorated it very neutral, but now I was ready for some color.  I already had an abundance of white pillows.

Craft Room - Before

In my stash of supplies, I also had two larger pillows – 24 x 24. I had bought them on clearance at Jo-Ann Fabrics for $9.97 and was just saving them for when I found the right spot.

DIY Pillow Cases - 24 x 24 pillow before

I’m not the best seamstress.  I love that I can sew, but it also drives me crazy.  I don’t have much patience, so I will find anyway I can to save some steps, and some fighting with my sewing machine.  The shower curtain provided some key steps already done.  I could use the nice hems to my advantage.  I planned out the pillow cases, so that none of my seams would be visible.  I cut the fabric out with the dimensions of 24 x 54, so that I could make a simple envelope pillow case.  After I cut it out, I ironed the fabric…another step that tries my patience. 🙂  I folded over the one short end and ironed it to make it easier to sew.

DIY Pillow Cases - curtain fabric cut to size

After I sewed that one end, I was ready to prep the fabric for my two other straight seams.

DIY Pillow Cases - one end stitched

I flipped the fabric over, so the right sides were in.  Then, I folded the fabric to overlap, so that it formed the 24 x 24 square, and had a few inches overlap to make the envelope.  I kept the original seam underneath, so that it would be the visible seam one I flipped the pillow case right side out.

DIY  Pillow Case - folded for side stitching

This is the only point that I used pins.  I wanted to make sure that I kept the correct dimensions, so I pinned each side.

DIY Pillow Cases - Sides pinned to prepare for sewing

I sewed straight (well straight enough for me) up each side.  And, that was all it took.  I flipped the pillow case right side out and was done.  I made two pillow cases from the shower curtain and still have some fabric left over.

DIY Pillow Cases - After on craft room bed

I flipped the comforter over too, so that it is just plain white so that the pattern doesn’t compete with the new pillows.  I really like the extra bit of color in the room.  So much so, that it motivated me to redecorate.  I pulled out more butterfly décor from my stash, and made some other new artwork.  I’ll share the full craft room with its new look later this week.

Anyone else ever use a shower curtain for another purpose?  Any other shower curtain to pillow case projects?