I am creating a white outdoor room on our back porch for summer. Pillows are a quick way to add color and charm but they can be expensive. Try re-cycling faded patio pillows by covering them in cottage fabrics. Scrounging in my own stash of linens produced a red and white gingham table cloth I rarely used but that is ideal for the white furniture with red accents I want for our porch. It took little time one evening to sew the pillow shams to cover two faded pillows from two seasons ago transforming them into cottage charming.
Worn quilts or interesting worn bed spreads are another source of inexpensive fabric to cover pillows. The blue and rose pillow is made from a quilt that had just enough wear to make it interesting but still serviceable.
My husband, who knows me well, brought in the empty bag from his grass seed. It was the perfect size to recover another faded scatter pillow. I sew my pillows by hand. They are a relaxing project when watching movies or TV. I finish the final edge of the pillows in a blanket stitch for a vintage look. The red stitch on the “grass seed” pillow makes it look like the stitching used to seal old feed sacks. Look for burlap or cotton bags and vintage linen at auctions or garage sales…or buy seed in bags at feed stores or garden stores.