No-Sew Pillow Cover | Goodwill Project #22

I wanted to decorate for Fall without really decorating for Fall. Ya know, no pumpkins, no acorns, no leaves. Something Fall inspired, but not quite so in-your-face Fall.

I came across this no-sew envelope pillow cover tutorial by LiveLoveDIY and it had me at no-sew!

The colors in our family room are neutral with pops of bright colors like yellow and turquoise so I went to Goodwill of Twinsburg on the hunt to find colorful fabric that had a Fall feel.

Well hello vintage Chicos aztec skirt and matching Mossimo sweater.!!

I actually thought about keeping both pieces for my wardrobe, but 1) I never wear skirts 2) even though I tried to convince myself of places I could wear a skirt, it didn’t fit, and 3) the sweater was too tight across my mid-section which recently housed an 8 pound baby. 

So here’s how ya do it:

1: Trim off the waistband of the skirt then cut along the seam in the back to create one big piece of fabric.

2. Drape the fabric over the pillow and measure how much you’ll need. I probably would have cut an 18” x 18” piece but vertically I only had 15.5” of fabric so I did 15.5” x 15.5” and hoped that the stretchiness of the fabric would allow me to shove the pillow in. #wingit

3. The coral back side would be the “envelope” side of the pillow cover so I needed two pieces. Since these pieces will overlap in the back they need to be a rectangle rather than a square so I cut them at 15.5” wide x 12” tall. I kept the waistband on both pieces so that the envelope closure would have a finished look. #smart #thinking

4. The “no-sew” part of this project is the use of fusible webbing, also known as Stitch Witchery. My dad worked in the apparel industry for years so he gave me a bulk size roll of this stuff a few years ago. This is the first time it’s seen the light of day. Here’s your chance Fusible Webbing, impress us.

5. Think of the fusible webbing as glue, but in fabric form. Place your fabric so the fronts are facing each other. Place the fusible webbing along the edge between the pieces of fabric. Lay a damp rag on top of all three layers (Fabric, webbing, fabric), then set your iron on top of the rag and let it sit for 10-20 seconds. I had my iron set to steam on a level of 4. The steam and heat basically melt the webbing and fuse the two pieces of fabric together.

6. Here’s a potentially confusing diagram on how to layer the fabric and webbing. The gray square represents my Aztec fabric, the white lines represent the webbing, and the pink and yellow rectangles represent my coral fabric.

7. You can see in diagram image 4 (above) that the back two pieces overlap, but are NOT fused together with webbing in the middle. This is where you will be able to flip your fabric out so that all the seams are hidden inside and the right side of your fabric is facing out. Here’s what the back looks like:

8. Squeeze your pillow into the cover and squish, shake and pull it so everything settles into the cover nicely. Then, one nice swift karate chop on top and you’ve got a fluffed, no-sew, envelope-style pillow cover! 

**This post was sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Akron. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

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DIY Fabric Hoops | Goodwill Project #22

I've shared these DIY Fabric Hoops before but never with a tutorial. It may look like there's a meeellion steps, but these are quick and super easy! 

Supplies Needed:
1 – Embroidery Hoops
2 – Fabric from Goodwill (Could be anything… shirt, skirt, bed sheet, etc.)
4 – Scissors
5 – Hot Glue

Step 1: Purchase hoops and some fabric from your local Goodwill. If you can't find hoops at Goodwill, they can be purchased for a few bucks at the local craft store.

Step 2: Determine the area of fabric you’d like to use in your hoop.

Step 3: Cut out the fabric for the hoop leaving an inch or two extra around the edges.

Step 4: Cut out long strips of a different fabric about 3/4” wide.

Step 5: Separate the inner hoop from the outer hoop. Wrap the strips of fabric around the outer hoop securing with hot glue along the way.

Step 6: Center your piece of fabric on top of the inner hoop.

Step 7: Loosen the screw on the outer hoop.

Step 8: Place the outer hoop on top of the fabric and press down.

Step 9: Tighten screw then trim off the excess fabric.

Step 10: Repeat steps 1-9 using different patterned fabrics (and pom poms!!), then create yourself a colorful gallery wall of hoops. 

September Thrift Challenge: Denim & Stripes

This past week I did a mass closet clean out! After being in maternity clothes for 9 months, I came back to a closet full of  meh. Before I had a chance to talk myself out of it, I started yanking clothes off the hangers and shoving them in bags! 3 bag fulls later I am feeling the need to replenish! Luckily Dina challenged me to recreate this simple, comfortable outfit that's been a favorite on my "Get in my closet, please" pinterest board.

Head over to Dinas Days to see what outfit I challenged her with for September.

And just a head's up, October is going to be a READER CHALLENGE!!! And likely it will involve Halloween. And costumes. Get ready!!

August Thrift Challenge Reveal: Dresser Makeover

This month Dina and I asked you to choose our August Thrift Challenge projects. Since I had Baby B at the end of July and wouldn't have too much time to be out thrifting, we chose project choices for me that used items I had already thrifted but hadn't done anything with yet. 

1 - Upcycle an old dresser
2 - Sassify an old lampshade
3 - Turn a vintage bicycle into garden art

The votes were close between choices 1 and 3, but in the end, upcycling an old dresser was the final winner.

I was given this dresser for free by a neighbor who was getting rid of some furniture. It's a big piece so I was hesitant to take it because I am known for bringing stuff home and never doing anything with it. And sadly, that's exactly what happened with this. It's been sitting in our garage for a year!! 

I'm not exactly sure where this piece will end up (family room? bedroom? basement? for sale at the  flea?) so I kept it simple by painting it white. I used Annie Sloan's Pure White chalk paint and wax. I've used DIY chalk paint on other, smaller projects, but for big pieces (like this hutch I painted last year) I go with the good stuff!

I've heard that with Annie Sloan you sometimes only need one coat of paint. With the Pure White I've always done two. Here's what it looks like with just one coat:

And if you can tell the difference with the drawers missing, here's what it looks like with two coats. 

What I LOVE about Annie Sloan chalk paint is how well it sands and distresses. By using just a fine grit sanding sponge you can easily (and quickly!) get the paint smooth and silky. When I've used the DIY chalk paint recipes I've noticed that the sanding step is nowhere near as easy.


The sanding creates a TON of dust, so the best way to get the entire piece clean before applying the wax is to dust it off using a clean, dry paint brush. It works especially well in all the nooks and crannies.  

Once its free of dust, I apply a thin coat of the Annie Sloan Clear Wax using an old t-shirt. Look at how smooth and glossy it is! 

For the hardware I simply spray painted it using a satin black spray paint.

I love how it turned out!! It feels great to be back at it after taking a little step aways this last month. Thanks for choosing this project, readers!

Dina's readers chose this  sweet yet edgy outfit for her to recreate. (I voted for that one too!). Let's go see Dina's thrifty version


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Thrifting Tip: Create a List

When Dina and I teach our “How to Thrift” class, one of the most important tips we give people is to come prepared with a list. It’s easy to get overwhelmed at the thrift store because of the mass amounts of stuff. It’s also easy to buy more than you intended… because of the mass amounts of stuff!!

So in order to keep calm and not overbuy, create a thrift list!

I keep my list on Pinterest so that I can access it from my phone anytime, anywhere. I always review the list before entering the thrift store and give myself a mental pep talk to stick to the list as much as possible. Of course I love the thrill of finding the unexpected, so I still leave a little wiggle room to take home a few special treasures.

Here’s what’s on my list:

Sources: Boots:, Jeans: Polyvore, Sweatshirt:, Chair: Molly-Meg, Shorts: Old Navy, White Shirt: Old Navy, Plaid Blankets: Room & Board, Side Table: Target, Globe: 1-World Globes

Flowy Tops – Much needed for post-pregnancy!

Moccasin Boots – These have been on my list for years. I found THIS pair of BRAND NEW, never-worn,  Minnetonka moccasins in my size at an estate sale last year so I am confident I will eventually find these boots.

Cozy Sweatshirts – Worn with leggings and moccasins while sipping a cup of coffee. Yep, I’ll be wearing that every day this Fall!

Jeans - I distressed THIS pair of maternity jeans for Dina's Reader Thrift Challenge and ended up wearing them throughout my entire pregnancy. Now I need to find a non-maternity pair that I can rip up and add a few holes too. 

Kids Snow Boots & Pants – These only get worn a handful of times each winter and then they grow out of them, so no need to invest big bucks in buying these items brand new.    

School Uniforms – I’m wayyy ahead of the game on this one. C doesn’t wear a uniform in kindergarten but he will starting in first grade. I will keep my eye out for navy shorts, navy pants, white polos and white dress shirts.

A skinny side table/desk – Currently our kitchen table serves as our family office which means I’m constantly moving lap tops around when it’s time to eat dinner. A skinny side table/desk is a MUST FIND for me!

Vintage Christmas - I'll FINALLY be back at the flea this November for the Holiday show. I'm stocking up on all things vintage Christmas, especially plaid blankets, knit stockings, and ornaments.

Favorites - I simply can't pass up globes, chalkboards, pennants, vintage trucks, kids chairs and vintage flash cards.

So what’s on your thrift list?

Interested in learning more thrift tips, tricks and ideas? Dina and I will be at the Stow Library this Tuesday, September 4th at 7pm. There are over 60 people registered for the class already! Join the fun and register here:

Learn How to Thrift

This Saturday from 10-11 Dina and I will be at the Brunswick Goodwill sharing our best tips and tricks for successful thrift shopping. 

Following the class you can get some hands on experience by participating in the DIY fabric hoop workshop...

...or you can shop with Dina out in the store and score yourself some fashionable finds!

Space is limited! Register today at:

We hope to see you there!

August Thrift Challenge: Reader's Choice!!

This month YOU get to choose what Dina and I attempt for our monthly thrift challenge projects! For me, Dina narrowed it down to three options and you get to vote on which one you'd like to see me tackle!

You may have seen on Instagram that our newest addition arrived last week!

I knew it might be hard for me to get out to the thrift stores and estate sales this month, so we came up with some project options that use items I've already thrifted but haven't done anything with... yet!

Inspiration: This, This and This

Inspiration: This and This

Inspiration: This and This

Voting ends on Monday night (8/4) (voting is now closed).

Which Project Should I Attempt? free polls 

Dina will once again be tackling a fashion challenge. She has four options, so head over to Dina's Days and vote (voting is now closed) for the outfit you'd like to see her recreate!

We'll reveal our project results at the end of the month. Stay tuned!!


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July Thrift Challenge Reveal: Boys & Mens Fashion

This month Dina and I got our men involved in the Thrift Challenge by trying to recreate some fashionable male outfits. She challenged me with this casual beachy look (source unknown) for Dan, and this preppy hip look worn by Alonso Mateo. Luisa Fernanda Espinosa, Alonso's mom, is a fashion stylist. Check out her Instagram account for loads more fashionable pics of Alonso!

I nearly peed my pants when Dan actually went into full-on model mode and brushed his fingers through his hair. He even seemed slightly irritated that I didn't thrift a man-bag for him. So high maintenance!

The Thrifty Details:

White Linen Shirt, Cento | $8 | Village Discount Akron
Mint Seersucker Shorts, Polo | $8 | Village Discount Akron
Loafers, Dry Dock | $10 | Village Discount Akron
TOTAL: $26

For the boy's outfit, I had originally envisioned it for N because C can be pretty shy when it comes to this kind of stuff. But when he saw Dan doing it, he was ALL, ABOUT. IT!! He blew us away!! 

The Thrifty Details:

White Linen Shirt, Children's Place | $3 | Best Thrift, Oklahoma City
Grey Shorts, Cherokee | $2 | Village Discount Akron
Brown Loafers, Children's Place | $5 | Village Discount Cuyahoga Falls
Bracelet | Free | Dentist office treasure chest
TOTAL: $10

Now, let's head over to Dina's Days to see how she and her boyfriend Dan pulled together this sophisticated, business casual look I challenged them with! 

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