Fall Nesting Series – thrift store pillow covers

Repurposed Plaid for Pillows - Farmgirl Follies

There’s a (slight) chill in the air and it’s clear that autumn is knocking. Time to feather the nest and bring fall indoors, too. I love throw pillows on my bed. I love to add cozy colors and lots of texture in fall and winter — but new pillows are expensive. To get a new look on the cheap all you need to do is hunt through the closet and/or make a quick trip to the thrift store.

The girls and I headed to Goodwill and returned home with several plaid shirts, a cable knit sweater, cute little leather belt and ideas to re-purpose, re-use and re-cover what we already have.

Plaids for pillows

First was to button the shirts and insert a pillow from the bottom. After smoothing the fabric, I measured how big of a square was needed, then cut the shirt to fit my pillows. It’s easy if you follow the lines!

You will have two pieces of fabric: the front of the buttoned shirt and the back.

Turn the right sides in to face each other. Stitch all the way around the square, then unbutton the shirt (the buttons will be on the inside, but just reach through the hole and turn it right sides out). Insert the pillow, button up and you have a handy dandy pillow cover that’s easy to remove for washing or seasonal change.

shirt pillow covers

The process is the same for the sweater, except I left one edge (the bottom hem edge) unsewn. I’m going to add a couple of buttons for easy removal.

Cutting cable knits

We piled the pillows on my bed, then my oldest cinched the sweater pillow with the belt. We love the way it looks. And best of all, it was an easy transformation for under $10. Old sweaters, dated plaid shirts, old tweed jackets — they’re perfect for this simple project. And best of all, they add cozy color and texture to a room. Pair with your favorite quilt, a fuzzy throw or toss on the couch for warm layers on chilly days!

And I’m curious … what fall projects are keeping YOU busy?

For inspiration, check out The Inspired Room’s fall nesting party and Made by You Monday at Skip To My Lou!



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  • comment-avatar
    Sally September 24, 2013 (10:01 am)

    OH, to have your creativity! Wonderful ideas for re purposing! And it looks so easy. Can it really be that simple?

    • comment-avatar
      Jennifer Kiko September 25, 2013 (4:17 pm)

      It is sooo easy! And get a shirt with pockets and you have a handy dandy place for a bookmark, reading glasses or anything else you can’t keep track of! 🙂

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    Christie September 27, 2013 (11:40 pm)

    Such a great idea! I love the buttons and belts.

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      Jennifer Kiko September 28, 2013 (7:24 am)

      Thanks, Christie! We had a lot of fun with them – hope you will, too! 🙂

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