5 Minute Pillow Shams & Curtains for $6

Sewing is not my favourite thing to do. With no sewing machine I have to sew by hand which takes too long and I get bored fast. Fusible tape is now my BFF!!

A few weeks ago, I found these great herringbone weave tea towels in a clearance bin. They were a buck apiece.  I bought 10 of them with no clue in my head as to what I was going to do with them - but you know how it is when you find something of quality on sale, right?  


Once I got them home, I realized they were a nice big size and I needed curtains for a horizontal window in my spare bedroom.  I used Ikea clips and curtain rod and they were the perfect length.  I love that the stripes are on one end only, it works so much better for curtains that way.



I thought it would be sweet to make a cushion cover to match and then I discovered the towels were large enough to cover a queen sized pillow.  Out came that lovely fusible tape!  This was so easy it's ridiculous.  I got out the ironing board, laid the towels one on top of the other (nice side to the outside). I laid the tape just inside the edges so I would have a bit of an edge that showed and used the iron on high steam to press the tape.  I left one end open so I could slip it on and off the pillow easily.




So there you go!  I used 6 tea towels and got curtains AND a matching pillow sham.  Not too shabby!


To see a full tour of the bedroom, click HERE

Cheers!


62 comments:

  1. Wow, Anne, those towels are gorgeous, and they make beautiful curtains and shams. Lucky girl for finding them- I've never seen any that big.

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  2. They are perfect. I love a good bargain and when it's something that's useful, it's the icing on the cake.

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  3. Not too shabby, Anne. The curtains and sham look great!

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  4. Anne, nice find and who would have thought of dish towels to curtains! Way to think outside the box,
    Peggy @ The Painted Pear

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  5. Oh my goodness...such prettiness at such a great price. And you knew just what to do with them too! I love that tape and sometimes I forget about it! Thanks for the reminder!

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  6. What a good deal and they turned out awesome! the colors go so well with the colors in your room and your bed cover, so light and airy:)

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  7. How neat Anne, I need some of that fusible tape:) The curtains turned out so nice and fresh looking and the sham is adorable...good job on it!

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  8. I love the way the curtains turned out. What a neat idea.

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  9. So clever! I love those towels you found. You did a fantastic job! I'm your newest follower ;) {and fellow Canadian!}
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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  10. Anne, Your curtains and pillow shams look fabulous! You are very creative, lady! Thank you for the birthday greetings!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  11. Great solution! They all look wonderful!

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  12. Great idea, they look really good.

    Cynthia

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  13. What a great deal! Love how perfect that curtain and sham worked out!

    :) Linda

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  14. I wish I knew how to sew...I got a great sewing machine (for my Mom to use when she visits) haha....you need to visit Wa and you can teach me...I love the pillows and curtains

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  15. Oh, you clever girl! I never tire of coming here to see what you're up to. An unbelievable bargain for such great style. And what makes it even better is it's a no-sew project. Beautiful. Congratulations!

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  16. Wow, such a great find for a dollar and I love what you made with them, beautiful! : )

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  17. hi Anne ... what a deal and so pretty. The curtain is so fresh looking.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  18. What a great find. Love the curtains and a great idea for the matching pillow too.

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  19. The pillow cases and the curtain look just great Anne! Have a great Sunday!

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  20. So SMART of you!!! No sewing for you huh? I learned something new! :)
    Hugs

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  21. That was such a great idea! I love how they all turned out. I love simple pillows and simple curtains. They are sweet. I don't own a sewing machine either so I've used fabric glue and that fusible tape too. It's a great alternative!

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  22. Hi Anne! I love this idea and the curtains and shams look beautiful!

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  23. This is very pretty and creative! I too love fusible web!! So easy to use!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

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  24. The curtains are the best, they give a nice beachy vibe to your home!

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  25. So clever! Love the simplicity of the design on the material and the way the light passes through the curtain. And on the pillow I can see that it is feminine and masculine at the same time.

    And T.Y. for the adorable comments on my blog.

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  26. Get out of here! You made curtains AND a pillowcase with no cutting and no sewing?! Anne, you are a DIY goddess! 8-)

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  27. Genius! To use towels to make pillowcases, I never would have thought of that! You are so crafty and I never would have guessed those weren't bought pillowcases. I'm going to look at towels in a whole new light now thanks to you!
    :)
    mikky
    www.todaloos.com

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  28. Smart.... really smart. They look perfect in both cases. I can just feel the quality of them!!

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  29. Nice! I LOVE simple...and the look is fresh!

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  30. Ann, you had me at 5 minute no sew. lol. Wow it looks gorgeous. It looks like vintage feed sack material that would have cost a ton. You are a clever girl. Have a lovely Easter. Visiting from Savvy. Love,Wanda

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  31. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful idea at the Pretty Things link party this week!! I would never know they were towels, so creative!

    xo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

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  32. Great idea! Love the way they look as curtains. Just perfect.

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  33. Easy and so fresh looking! Lovely job and tips.

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  34. They look incredible...You certainly morphed those tea towels into wonderful things of beauty!...Fantastic job and fantastic ideas Anne...Love them!!

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  35. Thanks so much for linking up to our party, Give Me The Goods Monday! I LOVE these! So glad you joined ;)
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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  36. I had been thinking of something just like that for my kitchen windows. I just want cafe curtains. I hadn't thought of using those clips though..great idea. Now if I can just find some $1.00 tea towels.

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  37. Thats gorgeous Anne, I know what you mean about the sale, I bought a pile of Indian cotton tea Owens they were just bright and chery and cheap :)

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  38. Great great great! I wish we have sales like you guys (but we don't :( !!
    I love how they turned to be curtains and pillowcase!
    But, I have to compliment your bed cover! I was planning to knit one, but... it is only a plan so far :)
    Have a great day and Easter, too, enjoy!

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  39. Those are awesome towels! I bet they are a wonderful texture for a pillow case. Nice job!

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  40. I love no-sew projects! Thank you for sharing. I'm visiting from It's Overflowing.

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  41. I love it! So simple yet creative, I'm pinning this!

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  42. Amazing that it cost so little and was no sew too! It looks great! Thanks for sharing at the Rock N Share! Blessings, D

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  43. What a beautiful set! Well done. :-)

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  44. love the pillow cases! gotta love something I don't have to sew!

    gail

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  45. Anne, you're so clever! Lucky you to have found those tea towels. I probably would have passed them by, not having a clue what to do with them. Your creativity amazes me. Love the pillows and the curtains both, they look really great. And for just $6 total....wow! And you still have 4 left...wonder what you'll do with them?

    Debbie

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  46. Happy Country Whites Weekend! Thank you kindly for embracing your country whites and sharing at our party. This is just my style. Great job!
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  47. Now, why didn't I think of this? What a wonderful idea--and so thrifty!
    It's been great having you join Cindy and me for Country Whites Weekend! Features will be announced next Friday! Mark your calendar. . . .
    Springtime Farmhouse Blessings,
    Dru

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  48. Girl, I love these! I guess I should actually start shopping a bit to get some great deals. Mine are always yard sale or thrift stores! I don't sew either so these are right up my alley!

    Thanks for linking to our first party! Did you leave a comment and enter the Rafflecopter?
    Marty

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  49. This is genious! I am totally like that. If I see a great clearance deal, I buy it and figure out a use later;) Those towels definitely make beautiful curtains and shams. I'd love for you to link this post up to the Thursday S.T.Y.L.E. Link Party! http://addicted2diy.com/2014/02/06/thursday-s-t-y-l-e-link-party-6/

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  50. Where did you get sweater blanket that on the bed?

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    1. Hi Rose, that throw came from HomeSense (Canadian version of Home Goods).

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  51. What a great idea!!! Those are beautiful. You are so clever

    Meri

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