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A few months ago I replaced the shower curtain in our master bath at the lake and intended to donate the old shower curtain. Instead of donating it, I used the shower curtain to make pillow covers.
I’m sharing my Upcycled Shower Curtain DIY Pillow Covers for this month’s Thrifty Style Team project hosted by Julie of Redhead Can Decorate.
The Thrifty Style Team shares thrifty projects on the second Friday of each month. You’ll find links to all of the projects shared at the end of this post.
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Upcycled Shower Curtain Pillow Covers
After I made the pillow covers, I took them to the lake as I knew that I had several spots there where they would be perfect to use.
On the Swing
The first spot that I tried using the pillows was on the DIY 2×4 Porch Swing that we made a few years ago.
I love to sit on this swing while relaxing and admiring the lake.
I’m so glad that this shower curtain didn’t make its way to Goodwill. The fabric pattern is perfect for spring and summer pillow covers to enjoy.
On the Sofa
The next spot that I tested for enjoying the pillow covers was the sofa on our patio.
We love sitting out here, particularly in the evenings.
We usually bring our porch furniture and rug in for the winter, but this year did not because of the work that we’ve been doing in our basement.
I thought that the rug might need replacing, but after giving it a good vacuuming, I realized that it will be fine for another year’s use. I have a carpet shampooer and will shampoo it once pollen season is over.
On the Dock
Another favorite spot to enjoy at the lake is our dock. We made these Adirondack chairs back in 2014 and they are still going strong.
They normally sit under the covered part of our deck which has helped to prolong their life.
In the evening, we like to pull the chairs to the end of the dock to sit and relax. I turned them around for pictures so that you could see the view that we enjoy.
On the Front Porch
Another spot at the lake that will be perfect for enjoying these pillows is on the DIY 2×4 Bench on our front porch.
You can barely see the bench in this picture taken at the end of March.
In this picture from February, you can see the bench a bit better.
We don’t sit on the front porch but we do use this bench for putting on our shoes or to sit groceries or other things when we arrive at the house for a weekend.
How to Make the Pillow Covers
I have been making pillow covers for years. This tutorial is another that shows step-by-step instruction for making a pillow cover. In that post you also can see some vintage cowboy and Indian things in that post that belonged to my dad.
I was on a time crunch when I made these pillows as we were leaving for the lake for the weekend and not only did I need to make these pillows covers before leaving, but also I needed to mow the grass.
I made the covers in my sewing room on a dark afternoon. The room has poor light, which made my pictures a bit dark.
Spread the Shower Curtain Out on the Floor or on a Cutting Table
I started by spreading the shower curtain out on my sewing room floor. I should have ironed the shower curtain before starting my project.
My sewing room is a mess. I moved the antique washstand that I purchased with my first teacher paycheck back in 1991 into this room from the guest room. The washstand is headed to the lake (I think) because it lost its spot in the guest room when we had a wall mounted HVAC system installed over the summer.
The Sherman pictures all used to be used in my classroom. The felt Sherman ornament on the bulletin board was made by my good friend, Suzanne.
Since I make pillow covers often, a long time ago I made patterns using craft paper.
To make a pillow cover for a 20″ pillow form, cut one piece 18″ x 18″, one 13″ x 18″, and a third 8″ x 18″.
Cut out the Pieces
I positioned the 18″ x 18″ pattern piece over a spot on the shower curtain that had the design that I wanted for the pillow front.
For the back two pillow pieces, I positioned them on the side of the shower curtain that was hemmed. This saved a sewing step in my pillow cover making process.
I recommend using pins on a pattern but if you don’t care if your cuts aren’t perfect, pattern weights (similar) save a lot of cutting time.
After I cut out the pieces for the first pillow cover, I repositioned the pattern pieces and cut out pieces for a second cover.
I have a cutting table that I inherited from my mother-in-law, but I always tend to use the floor instead.
Normally when making a cover, each side of the back pieces would need to be folded over 1/2″, pressed, then folded over again and pressed, and finally sewn.
Using the hemmed edges of the shower curtain allowed me to skip that step.
Before pinning the pieces together, I ironed each one.
Pin the Pieces Together
Place the front cover piece face up. (Now I’m using my cutting table.)
Position the 13″ x 18″ piece face down over the pillow front piece, lining up the edges.
Position the 8″ x 18″ pillow piece face down on the opposite side of the front pillow cover piece.
Pin around the edges.
Sew and Trim
Sew around all edges using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
To aid in turning the pillow cover, clip the corners.
Then remove bulk by trimming the sides of the pillow cover.
Turn and Press
Turn the pillow cover.
Then press with a hot iron.
Stuff with a pillow form and then enjoy the pillow.
Here is one of my pillow covers on my sewing chair that is an antique teacher desk chair.
I’m super pleased with my new pillow covers and they didn’t cost a cent to make.
More Thrifty Projects to Enjoy
Now it’s time to enjoy the projects that the rest of the Thrifty Style Team is sharing today. Click on the links below to see each thrifty project.
Redhead Can Decorate – Repurposed Hobnail Milk Glass
The Painted Hinge – A Thrifty Way to Upcycle Old Curtain Rods
DIY Beautify – Easy Wreath Centerpiece
Sweet Pea – Upcycled Shower Curtain DIY Pillow Covers
Postcards From The Ridge – How to Make Flowers from Paper Egg Cartons
The Creek Line House – Making Celebrations Special During Social Distancing
The How To Home – Dollar Tree Hand Stamped Book Stack
The Tattered Pew – How to Upcyle An Old Cutting Board Using Modge Podge
Unskinny Boppy – Free Printable Easter Greeting Card
I Should Be Mopping The Floor – Painting Upholstery without Fabric Medium
Salvaged Living – Tips on Buying Vintage Books for Decor
2 Bees In A Pod – Vintage Postcard Art