Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Using Up The Leftovers

Most people, upon hearing the word - leftovers - would assume this post will be about food.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I do not cook which is why I have time for projects.

In this case, leftovers refers to a bag filled with leftover canvas.

Steve stretches his own canvas and there are always bits and pieces left over.

Earlier in the summer, I used some of his scraps to make a rug for my porch.

I love the textures of the different grades of canvas he uses, so I washed everything and put them into a bag for future projects.

This is my last full week of summer vacation, so yesterday I rose early, with plans to accomplish a few things on my list.

I saw this pillow last Friday in Laguna Beach and knew that I could make something similar.

I dug out some canvas, masked the stripes and then looked for stencils.

I know I have some.


But, I didn't find them.

Instead, I found these alphabet magnets I purchased for my classroom at the Dollar Store.

I love the font.

I traced around the letters and liked how it was looking 

so I began another pillow at the same time

Left over Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was used for the stripes and words.

The finished products were on my sofa 5 hours after they were started.

I didn't have any zippers so to keep this project "no cost", I finished one pillow off with ties

and the other off with buttons.

The total cost:

canvas - $0
paint - $0
pillow inserts - $0

Definitely affordable!


I am linked up at

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia - Tuesday's Treasures

Sew Chatty - Made With Love

Coastal Charm - Nifty Thrifty Tuesday 

Boogie Board Cottage - Masterpiece Monday


  1. Those are so cute and how fun that you used children's letters to trace out the font.

  2. Oh my sweet goodness!!! I love them. I also like that you weren't deterred by NO Stencils... great idea, using the magnetic letters.
    ..."there is more than one way to skin a cat!"
    Loving them and Pinning them!


  3. Love them! You are totally awesome, so artistic. Do you teach school? If so, will you still have time to "do" things? Hope so! Mary

  4. Carol...Your beach life sounds So Good...Blessings, Becky

  5. Very cute! I love being creative and using what on hand.

  6. Great idea! I am going to try this!

  7. They're both great, the backs with the ties and buttons are great too - if you feel like a change !

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  9. You sure made good use of the scraps! The pillows are terrific!

  10. I say it over and over again...YOU ARE AMAZING!!! Love that you take advantage of every minute you have on vacation...(which by the way...what happened to the time)???? The pillows are so adorable and so fitting for your beach cottage! I bet your students LOVE you!! I do!~ thanks for your friendship girl~xoxokathee

  11. Your cushions are so wonderful and even more amazing when they didn't cost anything and were made so fast. You are such an inspiration.
    Sarah x

  12. those would sell they are soo cute u should sell them somewhere way adorable

  13. how clever to use the letters! adorable pillows--love the "life is good" esp:)