Friday, November 21, 2014

Glam Christmas Throw Pillows {Holiday Thrift Store Challenge}

A few weeks ago, I invited several of my blogging friends to participate with me in a challenge: spend under $25 at a thrift store to create unique Christmas decor, either by giving the items purchased a makeover or including them in a creative vignette. I was thrilled when 29 lovely bloggers got on board with me and am so excited for the inspiration we have to share today! You will find all of their projects listed at the end of this post and are going to love the creative ideas these ladies came up with!
I came up with this challenge after a trip to the Salvation Army, when I found two gaudy, black Christmas sweaters. Even though I wouldn't wear them as is, I was drawn to their glitz and glam, which is when I decided they would make the perfect throw pillows for my holiday decor this season. 
 I am going for a sort of "eclectic boho glam cabin" look this year <----if that could even be considered a style? Well anyhoo...


So there I was perusing the aisles of Salvation Army when I found these two "beauties". It was "Family Day" when I was there and every tag color, but one, was 50% off...jackpot! I scored both of these together for about $6.
They both had shoulder pads, which were the first things to go, along with the sleeves.
Both also had lots of beading, which I had to work carefully around with my cutting and sewing. Some of the beads had to be removed that were in the way. I didn't want to risk breaking a needle with them!
I am not an expert with the sewing machine by any stretch of the imagination and usually just make it up as I go along. I figured they didn't have to be perfect, since they aren't "cozy up with and take a nap pillows" but rather "sit on a chair and look pretty" pillows. I gave one some pom pom trim on the edges, which was probably the most difficult part.
I chose to make these into envelope style that close in the back - the simplest for me and then they are easily removable. I kept the front hems in tact and used them to fold over to the back.
It felt really good when that first pillow was done and worked out!
I was even more eager for the second one to be done, since I love the design on it so much. I decided not to add any trim to that one and just keep it simple. 
I was so happy with how they both turned out and glad that I took the plunge that day at the thrift store. Now, just to decide where to put them for the holiday season! They will probably travel from room to room.

And now for more thrift store inspiration head over and check out all of the other projects that were part of my Holiday Thrift Store Challenge! These women will astound you with their creativity!

Glam Christmas Throw Pillows by Thoughts from Alice



A Deerly Beloved Thrift Store Vignette by Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson





Christmas Cloche by Craftberry Bush

A Vintage Mantel for Winter by Finding Silver Pennies


Thrifty DIY Part One: Faux Fur Throw Rug by Creating Vintage Charm

DIY Holiday Walling Hanging by House of Hipsters


Christmas Decor from Thrifty Find by Town and Country Living

The Trellis Tree by Cozy Little House


DIY Centerpiece Tray by Cherished Bliss





Rustic Christmas Tree by Delineate Your Dwelling



DIY Shabby Chic Picture Frame by 365 Days of Crafts


DIY Crocks by So Much Better With Age


38 comments :

  1. Alice, these pillows are amazing! SO creative!!! I never would have thought to look in the clothes section :) Thanks again for hosting and including me in the blog hop!!!

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  2. Love the pillows Alice, they were great finds indeed! I very much enjoyed being a part of this blog hop. Thank you for including me!! xo

    Sonia

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  3. Love your pillows, Alice. Thanks so much for organizing this event!

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  4. Your pillows came out beautifully ... What a fun Event....off to visit the others.

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  5. Alice, they're DARLING!!! I would have seen those and walked right by...great find. And what a fun challenge...I'm off to visit some more!

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  6. Hi Alice ~ Your pillows are so pretty! It's amazing how good the end pillows look compared with the sweaters you began with… I wouldn't have thought to wear them as sweaters either :) but they made gorgeous pillows! Thanks so much for organizing this fun and inspiring blog hop!! ~julie

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  7. What a great idea for a blog hop! I love a good thrift store makeover. You did a fantastic job with the pillows! I would have never thought to do that with old flashy sweaters.

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  8. They came out so beautiful, Alice! You have such creative vision.
    Brenda

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  9. these are AWESOME! way to think beyond the sweater- i have seen sweater pillows before, but the added beads on these made them phenomenal! thanks so much for organizing and hosting!!!!

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  10. What a fun challenge Alice. I love the pillows. I've thought about doing this but never have and now you have helped me see just how awesome they are!

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  11. What a fun blog hop! I have to tell you, I LOVE them so much more as pillows, especially the one with angora! They look so cozy in your home. x

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  12. Oh my gosh Alice, you never made ugly look so gorgeous! lol! Seriously, I would never have picked up those sweaters. I do remember them being a 'hot' item back in the day. They are so elegant and fit the style you are going for to a tee! Last year I made a couple of tartan plaid ones from thrift dresses after seeing one on Confessions of a Plate Addict blog. I loved how they turned out too. Thanks so much for putting this all together! I love it!!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  13. These are amazing Alice! Super creative! Thanks again for including me! You're amazing!!

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  14. danke für die inspirationen!!! einen schönen freitag wünscht angie

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  15. These are GORGEOUS Alice! I would have never picked up those sweaters, but I'm so glad you did! I desperately need some winter pillows, so I might have to go hunt me down some ugly sweaters ; )

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  16. Alice, that is totally amazing! Can't believe what chic throw pillows a couple of tacky sweaters made. Such a great idea.

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  17. Oh my goodness. How did such tacky sweaters turn into such lovely pillows! Now I'm on the look out for sweaters!!

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  18. Such a genius idea! They look amazing - you would never believe they came from ugly sweaters! Pinning!

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  19. I will never look at dated, beaded sweaters the same way again! I can't believe how amazing these look as pillows! Thank you so much for organizing this blog hop - and including me in the fun! Heading over to check out the other participants... :)

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  20. Way to see beyond the surface Obi-Wan Kenobi! I love this! They turned out great!

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  21. What a great idea! I have a few kitschy Christmas sweaters that I don't want to part with and I don't want to wear! Thanks for the idea! Yours a very pretty!

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  22. Ok, seriously ridiculously amazing!!! The prints, beads, and baubles on Christmas sweaters are perfect for this application. Not so much to wear but perfect for decor. LOVE them!!

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  23. Alice,
    Your pillows turned out great! Super idea. Why didn't I think of that? hehe

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  24. Love your pillows Alice!! So neat! And the took so Christmasy!
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

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  25. Very pretty! I love the eclectic style you're embracing this year! I love recycling things from Goodwill as well! I'll have some sweater snowmen up on my blog soon! Would love for you to check them out at www.diybeautify.com.

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  26. These work SOOOO much better as pillows than sweaters!!! I would have totally passed right by these! Beautiful job my friend!!!

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  27. Wow they turned out fantastic.

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  28. Your pillows turned out to be very pretty! And a great price for two new pillows too.

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  29. Alice, I just finished visiting all of the links and I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed each and every one! Such a fun challenge! Thanks for all of your hard work and for including me. Looking forward to having you join our 'Creating Christmas' party!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  30. Alice!!! These are so amazing!!! And I love your idea for an "eclectic boho glam cabin" Christmas theme!

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  31. You had a great vision, Alice. The sweaters were so ugly and you turned them into beautiful pillows. Fabulous job!!!

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  32. WOW! what a fabulous idea, and your pillows are M A G N I F I C E N T!!!!!

    what a joy to see!

    ~ Violet

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  33. gorgeous!! you have such great ideas.

    Tamara <3

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  34. This is so fun! Wish I would have been able to join in... stupid puter! Maybe next time... :)

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  35. These turned out so great. They add the perfect amount of glam, and are totally appealing in a pillow form. I love the way you've styled them too. Fabulous idea!

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  36. Those pillows are gorgeous! Great idea!

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  37. Years ago I bought a black sweater with Christmas geese, I ended up donating it after about 15 years. Sure wish I would have turned it into a pillow, yours are lovely! I still miss that sweater at this time of year!

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Thank you for your comments! I love to hear from you! ~Alice W.