How To: Turn Button-Up Shirts into Throw Pillows!

created at: 03/12/2012

Curbly reader Chrissann sent me a link to her awesome DIY pillow idea recently and I am SO glad she did!  It is the single most creative (and cute) repurposing project I have ever seen.  Also?  Her “before and after” photos totally cracked me up:   

created at: 03/12/2012

See?  Ha!  Anyway, Chrissann had the most brilliant idea of turning her husband’s worn out shirts into these perfectly quirky throw pillows.  Aren’t they adorable?  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • clean, ironed button-up shirts (one per pillow)
  • pillow forms
  • sewing machine or handheld stitcher
  • scissors
  • pins

Once you’ve picked out which shirts you’re going to use, check out Chrissann’s how-to over on Ducks in a Row! Continue Reading

Turn a Pine Dresser Into a Silver Leaf Bedside Table

You know how it goes. Family’s coming in town for the holidays, you’ve thrown your junk into the sparsely furnished spare bedroom and now you’re scurrying to spruce up the joint. One thing you’ll need to win over your mother-in-law is a bedside table instead of a t.v. tray. Grab an old junker at Goodwill, Salvation Army, or a thrift store and quickly get to work. Here’s what you need:

created at: 12/07/2010

created at: 12/07/2010

Barbara at HodgePodge turned an Ikea dresser into a sparkling showpiece. Continue Reading

Upholstered Junk

How’s this grab you? Never in all of staple setting days have I thought of converting a galvanized steel tub into a button tufted ottoman. Kudos to Katie of ReCreate for her Way Out implementation of sheer cleverness. That’s not all…. 

How about illustrating your newly obtained upholstery skills by turning a flea market suitcase into a charming little chair or settee?  It looks fairly straightforward. I can envision a tricked out version of this in a child’s room. Continue Reading

Make a Recycled Onion Bag Scrubbie

What can you do with these empty onion bags? I usually toss them but I’m now on a personal challenge to save money on household cleaning products. (I’ve been shocked at how much I’ve been spending on this stuff.)  Ta Da! Make your own scrubbies. Mr. Mod is always blaming me for throwing away his sour milk smelling green scrub pads. I can’t imagine the bacteria that lives in our green kitchen pads. You may have to eat alot of onions, but you get free scrubbie materials at the same time. Continue Reading

SEW Versatile

When you're at an auction, estate sale, consignment shop or a favorite vintage furniture store, don't pass over a sewing machine table with a giant rectangular hole in the top.  All you have to do is get a piece of dark glass cut to fit on the top and you might just be lucky enough to have yourself a small-ish, but functional desk with plenty of drawers and nice lines if you find one that was made in the 1960's.  Continue Reading