Do you need an idea for recycling project? How about helping the environment and creating cute decor at the same time? Then you will love this cute pillow idea using recycled scrap fabric.
I was inspired to make some new scrap fabric pillow covers for my Spring porch.
They turned out so cute and look great with the new painted rug.
I’m also sharing some of my other scrap fabric creations with you today. You may have seen some of these if you’ve followed me for a long time.
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Why Is Recycling Important?
Y’all know I love recycling used home decor by shopping at thrift stores. You may have read 17 Reasons For Shopping Second-Hand Charity Shops.
Each of these recycling projects helps to keep textiles out of landfills. Clothing and other textiles create greenhouse gases which are believed to contribute to climate change.
I am known for sharing my budget-friendly decorating and DIY ideas. However, I also like to find eco-friendly and sustainable decorating ideas to share with you.
These cute pillow-recycling projects are both economical and environmentally friendly.
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The Cutest Pillow Ideas
Before I share all the cute pillow ideas and recycling projects, I want to share my latest creation.
In addition, I’ll share the step-by-step tutorial.
I made two pillows for my Spring front porch sitting area.
Supplies for Scrap Fabric Pillow Covers
- 2 Pink Pillow Covers
- Fabric Glue
- Green Fine Point Sharpie Pen
- Pillow Insert
- Scrap Fabrics – White, Green, and pink
You can choose any colors that work with your decor. The pillow covers also come in a variety of colors.
All the fabric should be torn into 1/4 – 1/2 inch strips. Don’t cut the fabric, or it will not curl as easily.
Draw Your Design on Pillow Cover
To begin this recycling project idea, you need a design for your pillow.
You can trace your design onto the pillow cover, as you can see in this Spring Pillow Cover tutorial.
However, I drew my design for this project without a template.
Using your Green Sharpie Permanent marker, trace or draw your design.
I used green because I plan to leave the stems bare, and the green maker works for my design.
First, add a protective barrier inside the pillow cover. This can be a piece of card stock or cardboard, which will keep the material from sticking together if the glue seeps through.
Next, add a bead of fabric glue around the outside edge of the flower petals. You can fill the entire petal with glue if desired.
Note: Work in small sections because the glue will dry quickly and may require additional application.
Twist the fabric as you apply it to the glue. Begin on the outside of the petal and work inward.
You must hold the scrap fabric in place for a few seconds for the glue to adhere. You can use straight pins to keep it in place if you desire.
I found that using the pins slowed my progress, so I ended up with very sticky fingers. LOL
Keep twisting and adding the fabric until the petal is filled in.
Next, add the pink fabric to create the flower centers. Use the same technique as the petals.
Finally, add the green fabric to the leaves.
If you desire, you may add fabric to the stems. I chose to leave mine bare.
Allow the glue to dry thoroughly before adding a pillow filler.
Don’t the recycling project flowers look cute?
Ideas for Recycling Project – Pillow Cover
Add your pillow inserts and you are ready for Spring decorating.
The pillow covers are safe for outdoor use and will be part of our front porch sitting area this Spring and Summer.
They will be perfect with the new painted rug, and you can see more detail on 10 Ideas for Ideal Porch Sitting.
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