No-Sew Patriotic Pillow Covers Made from Thrifted Shirts

I’m back with another easy no-sew pillow cover tutorial that uses fabric from thrifted clothes. Remember this one I made last Fall with the Aztec patterned skirt? It was so well received – even being featured on the national Goodwill blog – that I thought I’d give it another go with some summer-themed fabrics for our front porch.

I wanted the fabric to have a 4th of July vibe with stars and stripes, but not with the traditional red white and blue color combo. Our front door is painted a turquoise color, and I’m all about pink right now, so I went hunting at Goodwill Northfield with those two colors in mind. Here’s what I found:

No luck finding anything striped in my color scheme, but I was excited to find the two star patterned shirts!

To make the pillow covers, follow these steps:
1: Measure your pillows
2: Cut two pieces of fabric approx. 1 to 2 inches larger than the size of your pillow. One piece for the front, one piece for the back.

3. Place your fabric together (good sides facing each other).

4. Place a strip of stitch witchery in between the two pieces of fabric along the border.

5. Lay a damp rag on top of all three layers (fabric, stitch witchery, fabric) then place your hot iron on the rag and let stand for 45 seconds. I had my iron set to 5 on steam.

6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 on three sides of the pillow. Leave the 4th side open

7. With all three sides fused together, flip the cover inside out (now your good sides should be on the outside), and stuff your pillow inside.

8. The last step is to close your 4th side. This took a little bit of finagling, but you’ll want to fold those edges in a bit, and then repeat steps 4 and 5 while your pillow remains inside. I did this part in small sections using just 2” of stitch witchery at a time.

9. Toss the pillows on your furniture! All done.

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

Thrifted Pink & Gold Plant Display

Just a few months ago I started swapping all our colorful d├ęcor with neutral grays and whites. I was craving a clean, minimalistic, cohesive look after being brainwashed by Pinterest with rooms like this and this

It was good though. We removed a piece of furniture from our family room, we took down some excessive artwork, we removed some pillows, and I feel like things look more clean and put-together as opposed to a random smattering of “stuff.”


I MISS COLOR!!! And specifically, pink. Hot pink! 

Books are my go-to, inexpensive way to quickly add pops of color, so I dug around the book section at Goodwill Waterloo and found these two hot pink books.:

Hot pink books | Goodwill Waterloo | 87 cents each
I then came across these copper cups that I thought would be the perfect little planter for a succulent that I could set on top of the books.
Copper cups and stand | Goodwill Waterloo | $2

Then, I spotted this amazing faux bamboo gold plant stand and knew it would be the perfect place to display the books and copper cup. 
Gold bamboo plant stand | Goodwill Waterloo | $5

I needed one more plant to add some height so I bought a snake plant because snake plants are known for being extremely low maintenance with incredible survival skills -- a MUST for any plant entering my home...

...and then combined it all together into this little group of color happiness!

This is exactly the pop of color I needed! 

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