I have a hard time paying full price. A good deal is a rush. I was at Old Navy and found a clearance shirt for really cheap. Really, really cheap.
Marked down to $1.47
The problem was my new mantra: if you don't need it, don't buy it!
I tried the shirt on, a nice white button-down, and I looked like a waitress.
But it is $1.47!
You will never wear the shirt and it will be a $1.47 mistake.
But it is SO cheap.
Don't buy something you have no purpose for.....
Thinking of re-purposing the shirt made my head spin. What could the shirt be in another life?
Remember this post about the jammies turned pillow?
I wanted to make a couple of pillows out of the remaining fabric from my curtains.
I decided to use the shirt front as the back of the pillow where I would need to make a closure anyway.... buttons and placket saving me the work. And the plain back of the shirt would be the lining under the curtain fabric.
I used a pillow form I had from a time gone by.
And drew a square on the front of the shirt 1/2 inch larger than the pillow form to allow for 1/4" seams.
Thank you Fellowship of Christian Farmers for the free ruler. It was a great help in my project.
This guy was a helper too. Need a ruler, pen, measuring tape, or scissors? He'll run off with them on the double. I'm hoping this is the beginning of a servant nature.... not just a naughty nature.
Still the project took only 30 minutes.
I used a seam-ripper to take off the pocket.
This is the curtain fabric. I just cut it the same size as the shirt/square and pinned the lining to the front so I wouldn't get confused.
Right sides together with the left-over tab tops from the curtain sewn in the corner. It was a design gamble, but I am happy with how it turn out. Very shabby-chic.
I unbuttoned the back of the pillow (the front of the shirt) and inserted the pillow form.
And the back:
Thanks to the old-navy shirt for making a cute pillow possible!
I found this picture of some beautiful bedding from Ethan Allen:
Take a gander at the price of the throw pillow pictured on the middle of the bed....
$1.47 plus a few scraps. I love a good deal.