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03 January, 2013

Easy Vintage French Pillow...from a Tea Towel!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Tea Towel Pillow I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year celebration! I’ve been busy preparing for something really big that will be happening at my house…but I can’t tell you about it just yet! :-) In the meantime, I want to share my first project for this year…a fun vintage French pillow…made from a tea towel…easy!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Tea Towel Pillow 2 Isn’t it wonderful? And the best thing…it only took a few minutes to make it! The pillow is actually made from an oh-so-frenchy tea towel sporting a receipt from an early 1900s Paris butcher shop. It was sweet a gift from my thoughtful friend Barb at The Everyday Home. She actually sells them in her online shop Farmhouse Decor here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Tea Towel Pillow 3 I have thought about using tea towels to make pillows, but the problem with most of them is that the design is vertical…and that would just make a strangely long and tall pillow! What makes this one unique is that it has script and designs going both directions so it makes sense as a pillow! Gotta love that! That's my sweater pillow with a burlap rose in the background. You can find a tutorial for making both of them here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Tea Towel Pillow envelope closure As usual, I finished it off with a burlap envelope closure (tutorial here) so the cover can be removed and easily stored…thus accommodating what seems to be a growing pillow addiction for me! lol

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Tea Towel Pillow Here’s a final look. I love it!  Does it have my name on it or what? It’s easy, frenchy, vintage and it has burlap…what more could you want?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my frenchy pillow! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday

Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
DIY by Design for Winter Blues Wednesday

The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays

My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Craftberry Bush for Happy Hour on Friday
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

See you next time! A la prochaine!

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  1. Ooh la la! Love it as a tea towel and love it even more as a pillow!


  2. Oh how fun is this. I love this idea and you are right, it is perfect as a pillow. Hugs, Marty

  3. It makes for a perfect pillow, Debbie! Love it even as a towel. I have to work on doing envelope closures for my pillows. Like you, I tend to like making them and have so many now that I really need to come up with a way to just change out the covers.

  4. This is just perfect, Debbie. I love it!

  5. I love it, Debbie- I really need some new pillows for my kitchen window seat- this would be perfect- xo Diana

  6. I predict someone has a magazine photo shoot happening soon in their home! Just thinkin' you are surely worthy! :) Am I warm to figuring your big event out? the tea towel pillow!

  7. Debbie,
    I LOVE your newest project & pillow, dear friend!!! Pillows are on my projected list this year and I'll be re~visiting your tutorials!!! (Thanks for all the inspiration and encouragement on the Christmas Stockings...we all loved them!!!) I didn't see your name on the pillow. . .but I'm positive that was your signature!!!

  8. Love that! And I can see so many possibilities...

    And now you're going to keep us guessing at what the big event is? You know that leaves us imagining all sorts of wild and crazy things. :-)

  9. I love it, Debbie! I've never seen a tea towel like that. It's perfect for the pillow cover, you smarty, you. laurie

  10. love it Deb!! Barb has some cool things in her shop, and you made a very clever pillow out of one of them!! Kathysue

  11. PS Can't wait to hear what you big announcement is!!!

  12. I love the tea towel pillow. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Wednesday through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  13. Really great pillow! Wishing you a happy 2013!

  14. Love this fabulous pillow. What a great first project for the new year.

  15. This is a great project!! Love the graphic.


  16. You are such a tease, Debbie! You've really got our curiosity up now.

    Your elongated pillow from this darling tea towel is brilliant! It is SEW YOU & I love that you make all your covers interchangeable, too.
    May I share a hint for keeping the corners standing up straight & full? I take wads of puffy batting & push it into the corners before I insert the pillow form. It helps to fill out those areas & can be switched to whichever pillow you are currently displaying.

    Thanks for a wonderful year of really creative & fun inspiration. I loved getting all your postings via email. Pat the kitties for me, K?


  17. Thank you so much for the inexpensive ideas for decorating, especially the tutorials.

  18. I just KNEW it would make a great pillow. When I saw it I immediately knew it would and I knew YOU were the person who could make it happen. LOL I just love it. Since I am privy to your big news, you know I am so excited for you that I just can't stand it. I am very proud of you and all of your hard work. Love you so much my friend!

  19. What a pretty pillow you created, Debbie--I love the French lettering and receipt design! I'm going to have to get busy and make an envelope pillow for our sofa.

  20. So pretty Debbie...I have made pillows from they are square, but love the shape of the tea it perfect in the chair!

  21. Love the idea. I miss seeing one of your furry assistants in the photos. Thank you for all your great inspiration.

  22. Love the pillow, Debbie! Congrats on whatever the big news is! :)

  23. I love the tea towel pillow. Very much my style. I just became a follower, so I'm excited to see your other projects. I am new to the blogger world, and would love for you to check out my blog at Maddiebella Home. I hope you enjoy it as well.

    Betty (Maddiebella Home)

  24. The script is perfect for a rectangle pillow.

  25. Debbie,
    CUTE pillow!!! I have made pillows with napkins, but not tea towels (looks like I need to).HAPPY BELATED NEW YEAR!!!


  26. Love it! I've often thought various tea towels would make cute pillows. You've actually done it..........Sarah

  27. Debbie, you are so smart to make those pillows out of dishtowels! Why can I not think of things like that?! :)

  28. Wonderful! Love the tea towel and how you transformed it.

  29. I'm a new visitor, and I must say I've been missing a lot....your tea towel is wonderful, and I just saw your fabulous Projects page which I've bookmarked for future inspiration!

  30. Debbie, You have made some of the prettiest pillows. Love this one!


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie