Last year, Joe gave me this adorable dachshund dishtowel from Anthropologie. This may seem a little nuts, but I’ve never wanted to actually use it for fear of ruining it with spaghetti sauce and grease spatters, among other things (I’m a messy cook). But last week I had a thought – instead of keeping it hidden in a dark drawer, I could instead preserve it and enjoy it at the same time by turning it into a pillow cover!
I gathered my materials, which just included fabric shears, a measuring tape, the dishtowel and contrasting fabric for the back side.
I followed this tutorial from my past post about envelope pillow covers. Since I’ve already gone over the basic instructions already, I won’t bore you with the details again. This dishtowel happened to be the perfect size for an 18 x 18 pillow form, so I just measured a 19 x 19 square plus two corresponding size pieces for the back “envelope” panels, and started sewing! It’s a super easy project because it’s all straight lines – even if you’re a beginner you can definitely handle this project since almost all the seams end up hidden anyway. I love how it turned out!
It’s such a great idea to think outside the box when it comes to decor. In this case: don’t stick to the fabric aisle at the craft store, think of what else you could use to your advantage. Dishtowels, vintage sheets, blankets, old t-shirts…there are so many things that can be repurposed to a new use, maybe even one with sentimental value! Now this pillow makes me smile when I look at it, especially because they look just like Gracie, and the black and tans look like the dogs I grew up with!