Tuesday, April 22, 2014

No-Sew Outdoor Pillow

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See that up there? That's SUN.


                                     ...And an outdoor NO-SEW pillow.

No-sew projects make me happy, because I can't sew, and I probably never will.

(That's why I'm love with an inanimate object: My Glue Gun!

Do you sew? If you do, I suppose it would be super easy for you to sew these too.

I needed a couple of pillows to brighten up my (fake and boring) Adirondack chairs on the porch, so I came up with this idea for a no-sew pillow that is weather resistant.

With our temperamental weather, there's nothing worse than having to run outside and clear the porch every time it rains! So, I started with a cloth shower curtain that's been hagin' around for some time. (get it? hangin' around.)

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I cut the fabric into two 18" squares, and placed them on top of one another, wrong side out.

Then I used the hot glue gun to glue around the edges, leaving about an inch of spare fabric. The last few inches I left open so that I could fit my hand in the gap.

(If you don't want to burn your fingers I would suggest you put a couple of band aids on, or a rubber thimble... Go to Sewlicious Home Decor for lots of Glue Gun Tips!)  

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I turned the fabric right side out.

And used on old bed pillow for the stuffing. This pillow wasn't doing my neck any favors anyway... So I cut the fabric and pulled out the stuffing, to stuff the new pillow.

If you don't have a spare pillow, WalMart sells cheap-o's for about $5. Or you could click here if you would like to buy a big bunch of fiber fill for $14:
Sax Polyester Fiber Filling and Batting - 5 Pounds - White

I stuffed the pillow, and just used more glue to finish sealing up the gap.


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One pillow took me about 15 minutes from start to finish. Once I was done, I happily discovered that my new pillows match a couple of my ceramic decorations. My little garden snail and bird are impressed.

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These outdoor pillows were so easy, I'm going to make a few more for the back yard. (They were also free, because I used things I had laying around the house.)

Have you started decorating outdoors yet? We're supposed to get snow tomorrow, but the show must go on, right?!

(My little glue gun is starting to get a little unpredicatable, so I'm looking at this number one best seller ~  Stanley GR20K Trigger Feed Hot Melt Glue Gun Kit, although I'm tempted to go with something cuter, read: pink!)

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Rach @ TravelParentEat said...

Would you recommend gluing over sewing if you have access to a sewing machine?

Unknown said...

No Rach! I just don't know how to sew!!! If you sew them I'm sure they will last quite a bit longer and look better. :) The shower curtain fabric I used didn't seem too thick - I'm sure it would work in a sewing machine just fine. Julia

Susan Maccarelli said...

Wow - I would never have thought of that! Very clever and SOOO much cheaper than buying that sort of thing.

Crystelle said...

What a great idea to use a shower curtain for outdoor fabric! Cute colors too!!
“hugs” Crystelle
Crystelle Boutique

Unknown said...

Susan - Call me cheap, but I love making things for free! If anyone robbed me, we wouldn't be out much! LOL!

Crystelle - Thanks! I assume it will be somewhat resistant to the elements - time will tell. :)


Leslie @ Oh, the Fun of It said...

This is a neat idea!

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

The pillow looks great and what a good idea to use a shower curtain. I'd like to know how it holds up to the rain and whether or not the stuffing will mildew. This could open up all kinds of outdoor decorating possibilites!

Thank you for sharing it and you cute spring wreath and gallery wall at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


Unknown said...

Thanks Leslie!

Deborah - I will let you know how it holds up, but my hope is that it will be better in the rain..


Katherines Corner said...

turned out perfect! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite things blog hop ( I am featuring your post on Monday) ♥

srpprcrftr said...

So clever to make pillows for outside out of a shower curtain. Duh, why didn't I think of that? Love colors on shower curtain, bright and happy, springy.
I'll be looking for cheapy shower curtain so I can make pillow covers for wicker chairs on our front porch that mostly only our cat likes to snooze on.
Sure glad I clicked on this post. Just never know what will be found. I do sew pillow covers all the time. Happy weekend

Unknown said...

Thanks Katherine! I will see you Monday! Julia

Srpprcrftr: I found that particular shower curtain at Walmart I think!

Thanks for stopping by! Julia

Dorth said...

If you don't have a shower curtain you can wrap the pillow filling in a large plastic bag before putting it in the cover. Spray it with waterproofing and it's good to go.

Unknown said...

Dorth - awesome tip! Thank you!!! Julia