Thursday, September 13, 2012

Front Porch Address Pillow & Family Bench

There are so many inspiring versions of front-porch Address Pillows out there on Pinterest (follow me) these days!  I finally got my act together to make a Frugal one for my new home.



YUCK!  Totally gross pillows that I picked up for $0.50 at the ReStore.  BUT, as gross as they are on the outside, they've got perfectly good stuffing inside!



Next, I picked up two burlap-colored dishtowels from the Dollar Tree.  Dishtowels are great to use when making pillows because they are already the same length/width and the edges are already finished.


I don't have a fancy Cricut or stencils, so I just had to wing it, using this Blogger's pillow as an inspiration:

Just What I Squeeze In

Here's my version.  I drew it on with a fine point marker first, then filled it in with craft paint.



To sew this pillow, I put both towels right sides out and sewed a quick seam tracing the outer-most white line already woven into the towels, leaving a little spot to put the stuffing inside.  Super easy!



My bench got a big makeover, too!  Here's what it looked like BEFORE:


...and AFTER a little cherry red spray paint & Family Detail:


Did I give that bench a makeover just so that my pillow would look nice sitting on it?  Yes, yes I did!



The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:

Address Pillow (Stuffing $0.50, Towels $2.00)

Total Fake-It Cost:  $2.50

Compare to this pillow on Etsy: $46.00

House Number Pillow Address Pillow Sunbrella Fabric
Paris Crossing Design
Total Fake-It Savings:  $43.50

9 comments:

  1. I love your frugal-ness. We went to the same college up in heaven. That is exactly what I love to do. I actually walk in to a thrift store and get happy anxiety over what deals I am going to find. This is really cute and it makes it doubley cute that it was so cheap to create.

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  2. Great Idea!! Love the pillow.. your hand is steadier than mine could ever be...great job!

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  3. Your pillow is a great knockoff! And LOVE the cherry red bench! Thank you for joining TTF this week. Have a fun weekend!

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  4. Thanks for sharing over at Craft Junkie Too last week. This project is part of my Featured Favorites -- so I hope you can stop by again real soon.
    http://www.craftjunkietoo.com/2012/09/tgif-link-party-67.html

    xo,
    Tracy

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