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


  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.

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

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

  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.



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