Saturday, November 10, 2012

Pretty Napkins Make Even Prettier Pillows!


It's Saturday.
And according to my Weather Channel app, it's 71 degrees outside.
That means that I should be using what will probably be our last weekend of good temps to mow the yard one last time.

But I'm not.

It's cloudy and it's blustery and I just don't feel like it!

So instead of being the responsible adult I know I should be, I made a pillow.



Two pillows actually, (identical) but who's counting.

Had Pier 1 not had these perfect linen napkins on sale for $3.96 yesterday, then I probably would have mowed. (I'm lying to you, it never would have happened!)

But they did have them, and I bought four. 



And sitting in my mess that I pretend is a laundry room just happened to be the four feather pillow forms I bought at the D.A.V. for $2.48 a piece. (I've recently been made aware that not everyone knows what the D.A.V. is. Disabled American Veterans... it's a thrift store like the Goodwill but the proceeds go to disabled vets.)

So pillow making is what happened.



And boy was it easy!

I was diggin' the finished edge the napkins already had, so I just laid two of them (wrong sides) together and sewed three sides together along the existing seam line.

After that I stuffed my pillow in, pinned up the last side, and sewed it closed.

Easy peasy!



I've come to the conclusion that feather pillows are THE ONLY way to go when it comes to throw pillows!

They're awesome.



Just look at that perfectly karate chopped pillow.

It's a thing of beauty.




I'd also love to tell you that since these script napkins are obviously for Thanksgiving, that I'm just decorating for fall here.

It's not true. 

I'm way too lazy for that.

My projects have all gotta work double, triple, quadruple duty, oh screw that, I'll use 'em till they fall apart.

It's how I roll...











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67 comments:

  1. Wish we had a DAV. Wish I could find the sweet deals on pillows like that. Love the napkin pillows.

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  2. Hey Jeannine! Your pillows look great! I wish I could find some napkins that would look good as pillows. I'm always looking, but haven't found any yet. Maybe it's just my imagination that's lacking? And I had never thought of using feather pillows as throws. I thought they were only for beds! But I love the idea. Sheesh. I have a lot to learn. So glad for your blog! Have a great one!
    Debbie
    P.S. I'll bet that grass is still out there today. ;)

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  3. Love this! Our Goodwill is very high priced, so I try to find the feather pillow forms at yard sales. I must get to Pier One and get some of these napkins, because they are Ah-may-zing. I will be following in your foot steps and keeping them on there until they wear out! Great minds think alike and continue to be inspired by all things around them. Off to spray paint some ugly previously spray painted branches (lavender) that I picked up at a sale for .25 with my bff ORB. Have a great week!

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  4. Love these napkins so much! My sister gave me a $25 gift card to Pier One for my birthday today, and I think I know what it's getting spent on! Awesome idea.

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  5. What a great idea! I'm thinking of hitting our Pier One next week (haven't been in years)I live on the outskirts of town so don't get to town often but donating blood next week so I'll go the extra 20 miles & see what's up at Pier One. Thanks for the idea.

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  6. That is a totally adorable pillow! And I'm with you I only use feather inserts! You can get 20x20 and 16x24 sizes at IKEA for 6.99 :)

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  7. Clever idea...love the scripted napkins - perfect choice!

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  8. They are perfect, thrifty easy and beautiful, there's nothing better!

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  9. I love making pillows and can't wait to try this! The napkin fabric looks perfect.

    Visiting from Debbiedoo's party and looking forward to following you.

    Have a great day.
    Pam

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  10. those pillows are really cute! greta score on the napkins!

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  11. I wish we had a DAV here grrr. I love the pillows and they look much better than a cut lawn anyway, I'm sure:) and feathers are always better in any pillow! Very well done.

    Regina

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  12. Well, this is the second post I've read tonight that features clever ways to make pillows. I'm going to stop by Pier I tomorrow. These napkins are wonderful and I want to make a pillow. ;-) I'm with you on the down inserts. I've thrown away all my others. Down feathers it is! ~ Sarah

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  13. Beautiful pillows and I love that they're so easy to make. Great job!

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  14. Love me! I have made placemat pillows with similar script. You scored and got creative. Thanks so much for sharing at the newbie party.

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  15. i love your pillow. It is gorgeous and looks really quite simple to do! Thanks for sharing

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  16. Hi Jeannine! Adorable napkin fabric...love it! I bought napkins months ago to make pillows and haven't done it yet. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  17. You had 71 degrees on Saturday? sheesh! We got 6 inches of snow! And I had to go to a weddding...in a barn! But, hey...I love your pillow covers. I MUST go to Pier 1 asap. And I agree about the feathers. They are the best! :)
    Kelly

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  18. Love those pillows! I was just looking for fabric like that this weekend. I'll be on the look out for napkins now.

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  19. heck yeah! i've done this, it couldn't have been simpler or cheaper! yours are great!

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  20. I absolutely adore this! I wish I could find those napkins, I LOVE that look!

    -Fotini

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  21. What a pretty new pillow you created, Jeannine--I love the finished trim on the edge of the napkins--pretty!

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  22. I love a blog post that can make me laugh and yours did...not at your beautiful pillows BUT at your wit. So glad you didn't mow the lawn. These pillows are fantastic.

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  23. What a terrific idea! Visiting from the Newbie Party and am your newest follower! Please stop by Still Woods Farmhouse for a visit.

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  24. I love this idea! It turned out so well. This has me feeling like I need a sewing machine pronto.

    Visiting from my girlish whims link up :)

    LindsayJEVeryday.blogspot.com

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  25. We just got new furniture and I can't seem to find any pillows that I like. I can't wait to go look at some napkins and make them. This is such a great idea! I'm featuring them today and thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :) http://www.flourmewithlove.com/2012/11/featuring-you_14.html

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  26. So wish I hadn't just spent 40$ on script fabric for pillows LOL! These are wonderful!

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  27. Just love those pillows! And Really love how you roll, too!

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  28. So, so cute! Love these pillows.
    Mary Alice

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  29. So lovely idea!!! Love the fabric! Thanks so much for sharing! I'd love for you to visit my blog.
    Happy week!

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  30. I have never thought of using napkins for pillow covers! Now I am totally going napkin shopping with a new purpose!

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  31. I love this pillow. It is really great. I am going to have to make one. I have a link party and would love to have you share this and any other posts. It is called Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party. The link to the party is
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/11/wednesdays-adorned-from-above-link_14.html
    I hope to see you there.
    Have a great week.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

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  32. You are soooo right Jeannine! They do make beautiful pillows... WOW!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

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  33. I LOVE the material, and the tutorial. I agree I love feather pillows.
    I saw you on the link party. I am new to blogging and would love for to visit my blog, memoriesbythemile.com
    Hug,
    Wanda Ann

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  34. Gorgeous! I love that you left the original seams out - the scallops are so pretty!

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  35. What a great idea - the pillow looks great. Visiting you from Debbiedoo's party and I am your newest follower (us newbies have to stick together)! I would love if you would take the time to visit my blog and follow back - http://sarahsaturdiy.blogspot.com.

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  36. Great pillows - love the napkin fabric! I'm with you....decorate for year round and until they fall apart!

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  37. Great idea! I hate sewing, but this looks do-able.

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  38. beautiful!!! love these pillows so much. would have never thought of using napkins!!

    pinning!!

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  39. These are beautiful! I love that you left the scalloped edges and the fabric itself is perfect. Great job!

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  40. Love this... now to find me some pretty napkins!!

    Sharing this on my blog!! http://barefoot-mom.blogspot.com

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  41. Hoping and praying that if I run by Pier 1 by me they have some of these. So inspired to steal this idea...thanks for sharing.

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  42. Now I have to go to Pier 1! Hope I can find the napkins.....I agree, down is the only way to go. It's nice they were just the right size for a decent-sized pillow. Way to go.

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  43. Very nice! I never thought of making pillows out of pretty napkins. Oh - and I appreciate your description of the "perfectly karate chopped" pillow. Definitely going to find me some feather pillows! I am visiting from TatorTots & Jello link party.

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  44. Those pillows are just beautiful! And how thrifty to use napkins!

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  45. These are stunning! I'm featuring them tomorrow.
    XO
    Kristin

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  46. Love the napkins just as they were, but wow what a great pillow. Thanks for sharing them at wow and it will be featured this week.

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  47. I just love these! You've got such great taste :o)

    Thanks for partying with us at Keep Calm & Link Up last week! Our party is starting a tad later this Thursday evening at 9 PM EST! Come join us when you get a chance sometime this weekend...can't wait to see what you've been working on.
    xo, Meredith @ www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

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  48. I think I'll be paying Pier One a visit soon!

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  49. I've been using napkins for pillows for a while but have never seen those napkins! Love them...wonder if Pier 1 has any in my town? That scalloped edge is great!

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  50. You know I love these pillows! Stop by House on the Way tomorrow to see them featured! Feel free to grab a button!
    Leslie
    houseontheway@gmail.com

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  51. Jeanine, i think these pillows will be divine year round! Thank you for sharing them on the blog.

    On that, we'll have a linky party tomorrow but the blog will be 'closed for business' on Thursday. That is: all the free Thanksgiving coloring pages etc. will be downloadable but I won't be turning on that computer..,So, we hope to see you tomorrow then! And if not, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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  52. Wonderful! Wish I had the thrift store here....
    Love your pillows, great job!
    Happy Thanksgiving...
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  53. You are featured today on our blog! Come check it out. Congrads and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  54. HAHAHAHAHA< I love your sense of humour! Beautiful pillows, Jeanine!
    I have some inserts a freind gave me, and have been postponing sewing forever...
    i liked that you did not put a zipper on them, I don't know how to do that!
    But I could do a simple one, like you did!
    Just came over from Rose's blog.
    I am migrating my condensedlovehome blog to www.restory.ca

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  55. oooooo... love love love... I suddenly need to go napkin shopping!! =)

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  56. I LOVE these!!! Seriously, would have never thought to turn them into pillows! Nice karate chop haha :) I featured you from Pin It Thursday http://www.sweetbellaroos.com/2012/11/29/pin-worthy-featured-links-wrap-up/

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