Can you guess which one of these pillows is made from dollar store cleaning towels?  If you guessed the shiny one, you win!  Adding different textures and finishes to your decor is a great way to shake things up and make them a little more interesting, and handmade pillows are one of the cheapest and quickest ways to do it.  A couple of bucks and a few minutes out of your day is all it takes to give your couch some bling.

Metallic Cleaning Towel Pillow Tutorial

by Brooke, Inside-Out Design

I was in the Dollar Tree last week and was walking through the cleaning isle when a flash of silver caught my eye. It was these double-sided cleaning towels- micro fiber on one side for dusting, and wire threading on the other for scrubbing.  I stood and stared at the shiny silver for a few minutes and thought, “Hmm, I wonder….”  Then I snatched two up and took them home. I figured if it didn’t go as well as I was picturing in my head, at least I’d have a couple great new towels to clean with.

Project estimate:

  • 2 cleaning towels, $2
  • Sewing machine, on hand
  • Polyfill, on hand

Total:  $2

To make the pillow I laid one towel silver side up, and the other towel on top of it silver side down.

I didn’t bother with pins or anything, I just held the two together and sewed all the way around except for a space big enough to turn it right side out.

I stuffed it with a mix of polyfill and quilt batting (I didn’t want to spend any more money on this thing so I just used what I had on hand) and hand sewed the edge where I’d stuffed it.   I could have made this look a little nicer if I’d taken the time to iron it before putting it together, but I’m fine waiting for the creases to go away on their own. This pillow took me about 10 minutes from start to finish. Love quickie projects!

It’s not a pillow you’d want to cuddle up and take a nap with- it’s pretty rough! But I like the silver sparkle that it adds to my couch.