Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Napkins to Pillows

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

It's looking like I'm doing a lot of sale stalking at Target lately, huh? Well I must admit, I can't resist a good deal. These napkins were on clearance last week. Yes, the same week, same day, as my patio "side tables". Dang it. Stalking. But 4 napkins for under $3.00? Come on. Just what I needed to make two outdoor pillows for my Spring patio.
I snipped the tag, pressed the napkins and clipped out the tags. I added velcro to the bottom edge so that I could remove them and toss 'em into the wash easily.
All I needed now were pillow inserts. But honestly, I didn't want to spend any money on pillows that were going to sit outside. I had some inexpensive muslin on hand, so I used that to make two pillow inserts and stuffed them with... what else? Target plastic bags. (Sometimes I forget mine.)

I cut on the fold and sewed up the sides. Stuffed with plastic bags. Sewed up the remaining edge and voila! Pillow inserts.
Easy peasy! That's the best use of an over abundance of plastic bags I've seen in a while. Luckily my patio is covered and the glider never gets wet. When the pillows get dirty, I'll simply remove the inserts, wash the covers and slip them back on. I love a good recycle project. xo


  1. You are one creative Mama! I love you!

  2. You are a genius! I got 2(wish there were more) placemats from GW recently and thought about making pillows! Thanks!
    Have a wonderful weekend!


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