Chevron Pillow Upcycle

Sitting pretty on my favorite green shabby table
I had a few chair pads that I bought while thrifting last year, and meant to recover them oh, about 37 times. Some time passed and I found just enough lovely yellow and white chevron fabric at the fabric store to do something with.  I ended up folding the old chair pads in half to make an awesome pillow form for the three new pillows.  I wanted to make them rectangular to accent the pattern, and this was perfect!
Below you see the not-so-hot chair pads that I picked up for a buck a piece.  I am not one to run out and buy new pillow forms as they can be pricey for a large project, even on sale.  And since I like to show you some fun ideas that I hope you like as much as I do, my main rule, is they always have to be on the cheap.  So, in the true spirit of cheapness, behold the old chair pad and it’s new fabric…
I folded those little babies in half and used them just like I would a regular pillow form after I stitched the the chevron fabric together….

like this:

I stitched two pieces, right sides together, turned them inside-out and pressed them well.  I folded about a half-inch in on one side (below) and inserted the “pillow form”…

This gives you another angle so you can see they fit in there nice and snug.  I got an awesome upper-body workout to boot while whip-stitching the open side by hand.  I was the one that wanted them firm not mushy.  I do not have anything against mushy pillows, I own many.  However, after careful consideration, as well as measurement of said fabric, firm was the final decision which I think makes the pattern stand out, don’t you?
After a few minutes at the dining room table convincing my one year old, two year and five year old that “mommy is almost done” we ate a delicious lunch of PB & J’s while admiring the latest additions to our living room.  I hope this gives you some ideas for sprucing up your casa, while saving money at the same time 🙂
Blessings, Tanya

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  1. Hay Tanya…these are really pretty! Glad I found your blog!! This may be the only way I get know you…at least for a while.

    I'm also one of the "find it cheap" type gals. I think it runs in the family…even the in-laws!! (or outlaws.. 🙂

  2. Hey there! Thank you for the comment, glad to meet you 🙂 I would love to follow you back, are you on Pinterest or Blogger? Have a great weekend – Tanya

  3. I love the bright fabric! It will really add a pop of color. I redid a trash can in the zig zag pattern and can now say that I am officially smitten by chevron. Great looking pillows! (Newest follower)

  4. @ Miss Charming: I hope your zig zag trash can redo is on your blog…I want to see it. I love this fabric too!

  5. Totally cute pillows! I love the fabric!!

  6. Sonja, thank you very much for your comment today, I really appreciate you coming by my blog 🙂 Tanya

  7. I love the mix of some of my favorites, bright colors and chevron.

  8. Andrea, thank you for coming by today. I am a bit chevron obsessed but am trying to limit it to a few pieces. Love your blog, Tanya 🙂

  9. Cute pillows! I absolutely LOVE chevron pattern and yellow. definitely an improvement! Found your blog via the monday meet up.

  10. Tanya, thank you so much for your sweet comment, your profile pic is super cute 🙂 Glad you are following, more good stuff do come, my work area is bursting with projects- Tanya 🙂

  11. They turned out great. Upcycling old pillows has been on my to-do list for a while. I really need to get on that soon. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  12. Karla, thank you for your comment! I just left a comment for you too 🙂

  13. Good to have found your blog. I love the idea of using chair pads to stuff your new pillows..I always doubted my self on doing that.. Chevron and yellow are my two recent obsessions. Great job!

  14. Well, obviously, I dig the chevron. 😉
    Love the simple geniusness of this project!

  15. 2MSsoZ I value the blog post.Much thanks again. Great.

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