Frugal Living: Recovering an Old Pillow


“Don’t complicate life: Missing somebody? Call. Want to meet up? Invite. Want to be understood? Explain. Have questions? Ask. Don’t like something? Say it. Want something? Ask for it. Love someone? Tell them.”- Angela Rinaldi

I am frugal. I guess I have been frugal most of my life. With the scarcity of resources, I don’t think one should be self-conscious about being frugal. Why use money for something I can do or make myself? It is the basic method to save money, spending less than your salary. If you want to save money, you cut back on your living expenses, which frees up money to save.  A sensible way to save money is to recycle, repurpose and reuse what you do have.

I did a super simple project recently; I recovered my old worn-out pillows. They were looking grim to put it mildly.

 The first thing I did was to wash the pillows in hot soapy water with bleach to ensure their cleanliness and dried them fully. Next, I used some colorful print material that my aunt gave me. I placed my newly cleaned pillow on top to the material that I folded in half and estimated a bit of overage on each side. The overage depends on the thickness of your pillows.

I turned the material inside out and ran a 5/8 seam allowance on one short side and one long side.



I turned the material right side out and then placed the pillow inside of the sewn material and sewed the last edge shut.
 I trimmed off any excess in material to give a more complete look. Now my pillows look new and fresh again!

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