When Lowe’s challenged me to give an outdoor spot a mini-makeover, I knew exactly where to turn my attention.
Our small paver patio is where we sit on warm spring days to eat lunch, take a break or sip wine after dark. The winter months wreak havoc on the furniture and the pillows I neglected to bring inside.
Cleaning the furniture was as easy as a quick sponging with a Mr. Clean magic eraser.
Then I hosed them down and was done in less than 10 minutes. The pillows weren’t as easily cleaned. I tried to wash them, but they were still a little dingy. So, I headed to Lowe’s to look for new ones.
As I entered Lowe’s with my complimentary gift card in hand, I found myself wandering down the curtain aisle again. (Do you gravitate to this aisle too? With all those colors, patterns, and textures it’s hard for me to stay focused on my shopping list.)
The magnetic pull down this aisle was undeniable. The pull grew stronger as I drew close to the beautiful Waverly curtain patterns. I thought to myself, “I wish they had an outdoor pillow in this pattern.” And then I realized, heck, why not make my own!
And like that I walked out with the curtain panel and some colorful flowers to brighten our patio.
- Pillow forms (old outdoor pillows)
- Curtain panel (or fabric of your choice)
- Sewing machine
- Zipper foot (optional)
Lay the pillow on top of the curtain (folded in half.) Allow for 2 – 3″ on all sides and cut off the excess.
Slip the pillow inbetween the curtain layers (wrong sides facing out.) Pin the edges, leaving the one end open.
Remove the pillow and pin along the open end a few inches from the corners (allowing an opening big enough to stuff the pillow into.)
Stitch along the pinned edges.
Test fit the pillow and then trim away the excess fabric from the edges.
Turn the pillow case right sides out. Poke the corner out. Fold the pillow in half and gently feed it into the case.
Neatly fold the opening and pin it closed. Stitch along the opening close to the edge. Use a zipper foot to make it easiest to sew along the edge of the pillow.
Repeat for your second pillow, and you’ll have a cute matching pair of green trellis patterned pillows. (The cute little flower vase found its way into my cart at Lowe’s as well. It was on clearance on the endcap, so take a peek at your local Lowe’s and see if you can find them there.)
How do the pillows look on the patio? I think they look adorable. And I had just enough fabric left over to cover the little table.
It’s amazing how a few fresh flowers, fresh fabrics and clean chairs can really chase the winter blues away!
Remember the ice bucket planter I made the other day? She looks pretty next to my new recovered pillows.
That completes this little mini makeover! Remember the before?
And the ahhhhh after!
Do you have a little outdoor spot that needs a mini makeover? I challenge you to give it an afternoon facelift! You’ll feel winter’s grip loosening when you are done. If you need some ideas, check out the Lowe’s Creative Ideas digital magazine (it’s FREE!)
Have a great week y’all!