Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A deal I couldn't pass up.

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.



Kelleigh @ Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs said...

Oh my!! I LOVE this so much!! Make one for me next?? I need to go find that shirt. Fabulous idea!

Coleson & Tate said...

I love it. just wish I could do stuff like that.... You are so crafty! (and to think of making a pillow like that, I wouldnt even think of that!)

Sara said...

I second Kristal's comment. :)

Jill said...

Oh, how I love this! I'm on a white kick lately, and this pillow just makes me feel all warm and cozy. What a great idea!

Shawna said...

Hey I recognized the "Stitch Unpicker"! (Previous topic of a FB post..sorry if you missed it and makes this comment even less funny) Beautiful pillow!

Aunt N said...

Just for fun, next time I would suggest leaving the pocket on the shirt if you have enough widthwise . . . just for a really fun back with some interest :).

LaNea's friend,