Repurposed Vinyl Tablecloth Pillows

I have a super cute, super cheap little DIY to share with you today to spruce up your outdoor spaces!

I'm always looking for ideas to decorate my outdoor living spaces, I think they deserve the same level of cuteness and comfort as my indoor spaces. But since they are outdoors and the weather can take its toll on things I like to keep it as inexpensive and/or durable as possible.

How to repurpose a cheap vinyl tablecloth into adorable outdoor pillows!

When I saw this adorable cactus print vinyl tablecloth at Walmart for just over $3.00 I was sold and I knew immediately what I wanted to make with it!

They had them in different sizes and all for the same price so I bought the largest one so I would have lots of this cute vinyl to play with!

I had two cheap pillow forms that I picked up at the thrift store. One was .69 cents and the other was $2.49.

I wanted to make a simple envelope style pillow case so I placed the pillow form on the fabric and folded the fabric over the pillow to determine how large to cut my piece.

Leave about an inch or so on the sides for the seam allowance...

And overlap the fabric like so. You want it long enough to sew the hems and still have the envelope style closure with no gapping.

Hem each end of the fabric.

Fold over once and then again to enclose the raw edge inside.

And then stitch.

I used a zig-zag stitch. I figured since this is vinyl a straight stitch would perforate the edge and make it more likely to tear off.

Then wrap the fabric around your pillow again, right sides down to determine how big your pillow cover will be. Just pull the pillow out one side and you are ready to stitch!

Stitch the sides (I used a zig-zag stitch again).

Gently turn it right side out.

And put your pillow inside... again... gently so you don't tear it!

And you have THE.MOST.ADORABLE outdoor pillows ever!!!

I made these for my front porch so I had to spruce it up a bit to be able to adequately handle this level of cute!😁

I had this old bench sitting out there. I found it at a garage sale a few years ago for just $5.

This was after sanding but it didn't look much different before... it was definitely ready for a makeover!

I painted it Country White to coordinate with the Trash to Treasure Repurposed Dining Chair.

I added a couple of plants... Geraniums and a little fake cactus from Goodwill!

I made the painted pots last year here: Dressed Up Flower Pots - Weekend Yard Work Series.

I found this old civil defense supplies crate years ago at the dump.

I finally replaced the Christmas florals in the mailbox I made here: One Vintage Inspired Post Box, Three Ways To Use It with some more summer related flowers!!

And my front porch is looking cute once again! I really want to paint my front door now!

The vinyl tablecloth pillows are a sweet deal because you can just wipe them off!

What do you think? Are you in the car already headed for Wally World?! ha!


anne in the kitchen said...

I have several tablecloths that have been hanging out waiting for a picnic. Now I know I was saving them for pillows all along. thank you for the excellent idea!

Ruth Anne Buterbaugh said...

A very clever idea! I have plans to spruce up our front porch and back stoop by repainting the outdoor furniture and arranging a plant vignette or two--these vinyl pillows will be the perfect colorful accent pieces! I may already have a tablecloth in my collection that will work but if not, it's off to Walmart for me!

Tania said...

Hi Anne! I'm glad you are inspired!


Tania said...

Hi Ruth Anne! There are so many cute vinyl tablecloths and they are so cheap you could make pillow covers galore!!


Nancy Carroll said...

The pillows are adorable and the bench is so cute painted white! They really brighten up your porch. Do you have a plan for what color you'll paint the door?

Tania said...

Thanks! I need to pick a color for the door that won't clash with the obnoxious green trim on the house until I can get that painted. I was thinking maybe the same color that I painted the back, laundry room door... catnip (kind of a mint green). The plan for the trim on the house is either white or gray and the house color will stay the same which is a very light, buttery yellow color.


Joanne Medeiros said...

Gee, I just found you and I love what you did! I love the white bench, too. Do you have instructions anywhere on how to repaint furniture like that? Thanks!

Tania said...

Hi Joanne, thank you so much! I don't believe I have ever really done a painting tutorial as I don't consider myself a professional or anything! :o) All I did was sand it down a little bit to remove the loose pieces of paint, sprayed it down with the hose and let it dry in the sun. Then I gave it about 3 coats (it took 3 only because I had to cover black) of off-the-shelf Country White that I got at Walmart. Once it had dried I sanded the edges to let some of the black show through and distress it a little. Since it is outside I also plan to give it a coat of clear polyurethane to help protect it a little bit.


Melissa Stanley said...

So cute! I can't wait for all the summer stuff at walmart to go on sale. I love all of it!

Tania said...

Thanks Melissa!


Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage said...

Love your pillows Tania! They are adorable and so inexpensive. Vinyl tablecloths are so awesome for repurposing projects. Love it!

Tania said...

Aren't they though?! I remember your decoupage table!!


Vikki B said...

The pillows are sooo cool and a very high-level of Cute!!! You have the best ideas. I love the old crate and your front porch looks so welcoming.

Tania said...

Thanks Vikki!


Kim S said...

Super cute pillow idea!

Thrifty Mom In Boise said...

Super, super cute lady. Love that bench. You find the neatest stuff and at the best prices too.

Tania said...

Thanks Kim!


Tania said...

Thanks! I am a garage sale and thrift shop addict so it's easier to find good stuff when you spend half your life there! lol!


Natasha N said...

Your post caught my eye because I bought that exactly tablecloth last week to use this summer! Using a vinyl tablecloth for outdoor pillows is such a good idea!

Tania said...

Thanks Natasha! It is one of the cutest vinyl tablecloths I've seen!


Bright said...

I have forgotten about vinyl table cloths, very versatile. I used to make little piddle pads for my potty training toddlers. I love the idea of not getting wrecked with morning dew or being left in the rain.

Tania said...

They were very easy and fun to make!