12.30.2015

Bedroom Storage Solutions

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I have a tiny master bedroom. It’s one of the very few things that I don’t care for in my house (and I love my house, so even saying this is kind of nit-picky), but I’ve found some good ways to work around it, and I thought I’d share some of these solutions with you.

Our bedroom is a square. It fits our queen sized bed, and two nightstands against one wall. The wall directly across from it can fit a couple of narrow dressers, but nothing deeper than that. The other two walls on either side are taken up by a large bay window, and a closet that at one time had sliding doors:

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I don’t care much for sliding door closets, and I think I’ve removed them from every room in my house (evidence here and here [studio and Iggy]). The same goes for the master bedroom. Several years ago, we replaced the innards of our closet with an Elfa system from the Container Store, and I’ve been super happy with it. Well worth the splurge! We were able to remove our dressers from our room completely and just use the closet system (including drawers) instead of a dresser.

Over time though, my wardrobe has grown… errr… significantly, and I’ve been trying to find ways to make use of the wall at the foot of the bed that has relatively shallow space. I also wanted it to look good! So it sat, empty, for a long time. I knew that I needed shoe storage (for a while I had a long bench with storage in it and I shoved my shoes in there), but I just couldn’t find anything that worked for our needs.

So, one day I was walking through IKEA (as I am apt to do, for real), and a series of wall shelving caught my eye, enough that I photographed the arrangement to show Todd later at home for consideration in our room. It was the Besta storage system, and I really liked how you could customize the sizes (width and heights) of your cabinets, along with some fun door options, like pink. And it didn’t have to be fully covered with doors - I liked the idea of mixing some open shelving with cabinets, and some drawers, too!

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We measured out our space, and set a plan for what to buy and how to arrange the cabinets. We even used the Besta planner to lay out our design online before purchasing, so we knew exactly what to get and what to look for (and how much we would expect to pay!).

We chose to do a layout that was symmetrical, with a space in the middle to hang our small (yep, very small) flat screen television so that it had a clear path of vision if you were laying in bed. There are three columns of cabinets, total. We placed a tall cabinet on either side, with some open shelving, some cabinet doors, and a drawer. The middle cabinet has a drawer on the top and bottom, and short shelves to hold shoes in-between.

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So, as you can see, this storage system is far from a traditional “dresser,” but can still function very much as one. I use one of my drawers to hold belts, and the others for out-of-season clothing items, or lesser used bulkier items, like sweatshirts, to make room in my closet for the things that I use more frequently.

The upper cabinet in my storage system is perfect to hold my petticoats! I store them 2-per bag in these Pinup Girl Clothing totes that were included in my orders a while back. They’re the perfect size!

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The lower cabinet in this shelving holds my ever-growing cardigan collection. I know I’ve talked about thrifting them in the past, and now I have a rainbow of both standard and cropped cardigans as a result:

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Yeah I know, it’s kind of nuts, but now I have the storage for them, and I pretty much always have the color I need when I need it, so that’s awesome…

I really love the open shelving for shoes here. It is really helpful to be able to SEE everything laid out, so when I’m getting dressed in the morning, all of my options are right out in the open, and I’m more apt to wear a wider selection of shoes than I would otherwise. Of course, my latest issue is now having more shoes than I have space for shoes, so I may need to re-arrange my shelving in the near future… either by adding other shelves, or by paring down the shoe collection! The other “con” of this type of storage is that I do have to dust the shelves frequently, but I think that’s a small price to pay for the convenience. I mean, who doesn’t like to look at shelves filled with pretty shoes?!

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The lesson here is that furnishings intended for one kind of space can often be MORE functional than the things (in this case, a dresser) that are supposedly designed for it. So be open minded. Search kitchen solutions for living room options, and vice-versa. Use an outdoor piece for the indoors. As long as the item is solving a problem (like storage) in a way that works well for you and your space, go for it!

What I especially like about our cabinet storage “wall” is that it is not very deep, and gives us walking space at the foot of the bed. We even have a little room on each end of the cabinets for a full-length mirror (also via IKEA) on one end, and a small collage of framed pieces at the other end, including my new brooch board! My version of this popular DIY project is coming soon...

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Bedroom Storage Solutions on Betties N Brimstone Blog

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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12.29.2015

Thrifting Tips, Pinup Style!

Thrifting Tips, Pinup Style!

I have an extra-special guest post up on the Pinup Persuasion blog today all about my routine for shopping at thrift stores for pinup-inspired style - what to be on the lookout for in different departments, and how to spot pieces that will work for your wardrobe!

Go check it out here!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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12.28.2015

A Very Christmas-y OOTD

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skirt - Lady Jojo's / belt - Pinup Girl Clothing / tights - Kohl's / shirt - thrifted / shoes - BAIT Footwear / bracelet - vintage / brooch - thrifted / lipstick - MAC Von Teese / petticoat - Malco Modes via eBay

So yeah, technically it's after Christmas now, but I had this OOTD from before the holiday and I figured that I'd better post it now before it's ridiculously late!

Tartan feels like cold weather to me, and even though it's been unseasonably warm in Chicago this year, this outfit was kind of a forced attempt to feel more Christmas-y. This skirt was purchased from Lady Jojo's boutique online. I love that you can customize your length (this is the "short" length btw!) and that the skirts have pockets in them!

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I snagged this red boatneck top at - where else? - the thrift store! I saw another lovely lady online post a photo of herself wearing a red shirt with green tartan and I thought it was brilliant. I love that these pieces can all be worn separately and not look like Christmas, so everything is very versatile.

For extra Christmas-y goodness, I paired the dark green of the skirt with a red petticoat:

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Freaking festive, right?

I talked about my BAIT Footwear shoe purchases on Black Friday in a previous post, but here are one of the actual pairs that I got in the sale: the style is called Remmy, and I've been eyeing them for quite some time. I just thought that a green spectator was a break from the norm (black/white), but that I'd probably have enough stuff to pair them with to justify the purchase. Turns out they're perfect for all holiday themed outfits. Bonus!

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Not only did I snag my red shirt at the thrift store, my gold reindeer brooch was also thrifted! I'd been window shopping for holiday brooches from contemporary sellers, but I was unsure about putting forth money on a brooch that I'd be getting limited wear out of (it's not like my Halloween brooches that I wear year-round). Then I spotted a whole tray full of brooches at the thrift shop - nothing over $5 - so I snagged this cute gold reindeer and a white snowflake. I did forget to get OOTD photos of that day... maybe next year?

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Here's a close-up of the BAIT Remmys. I do love them, and they're quite comfortable! They don't seem to have the break-in time that other BAIT shoes do, like the Idas or the Iones.

Oh, I forgot to add that this was the day I tried out my new hot rollers - they're Hot Sticks by Conair, and I've seen several pinup hair videos/websites talk about using sticks over hot rollers - even Dita Von Teese recommends stick curlers in her new book! I'm pretty happy with them, actually. My only complaint is that you get so few in the set. I think that I may order a second set in order to have enough for my thick hair.

Side note: does anyone know of a good heat-setting spray? I've been searching without success so far. I'd love some recommendations! My hair pretty much always falls FLAT within hours of setting it. :(

A Very Christmas-y OOTD on Betties N Brimstone Blog

Speaking of Dita Von Teese, my new lipstick is MAC Von Teese, and I really love it! I really want to be a regular bold lipstick-wearer. I have a hard time remembering to re-apply it, and to not touch my mouth/smear it. I think the habit of wearing lipstick just develops over time, kind of like cat-eye liner. I know not to rub the outer corners of my eyes because I'll smear my liner, so I instinctively stay away from touching it.

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Got any lipstick-wearing tips for me?

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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12.26.2015

Party Ideas for NYE and Beyond!

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Are you hosting a party on New Year's Eve? Having the family over on New Year's Day? Or maybe even just being a hermit at home (my personal preference!), I have got some great ideas for party appetizers and brunch options for the upcoming festivities.

Let's start with party food options. My favorite kind of party food is appetizers! I've got three tried-and-tested options that are super yummy (and vegetarian-friendly!) for your next shindig:

PARTY FOOD:
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These appetizer skewers are always a hit at parties because they're so easy to pick up and go! If you're assigned to bring an appetizer, these are the way to go - they travel easy, and they're popular with kids and adults alike. Not to mention super easy to make - you can even have the kids help you assemble them before the party!

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Taco cups are a great appetizer because of the versatility in the recipe. You could choose to make these with taco meat or chicken if you're all carnivores, but it is so easy to keep these vegetarian and to create different options for toppers, such as sour cream, guacamole, salsa, jalapenos... you name it!

Teriyaki Tofu Sliders Recipe on Betties N Brimstone Blog

Maybe you need a more substantial option for your party... something more meal-like. Think tiny sandwiches! You could easily make a bunch of lettuce/tomato/lunchmeat choices, or even tiny burgers... but what about our awesome vegetarian friends? Go outside the norm and surprise your guests with a teriyaki tofu slider! These are super easy to make with the aid of pre-marinated refrigerated teriyaki tofu from Trader Joe's.

BRUNCH IDEAS:
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I actually made this breakfast casserole on Christmas morning this year, only instead of cheddar and broccoli, I swapped for fresh mushrooms and goat cheese. It was amazing! I also used diced frozen potatoes instead of the shredded kind (it was all that was available at the store). Still delicious, so don't be afraid to experiment with the base recipe and jazz it up to suit your tastes!

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Bloody Marys are my favorite go-to drink for holiday celebrations during the day. Like the day after Christmas, when my husband's side of the family gets together. One of the best things about Bloody Marys are the garnishes. Go crazy and create a whole bar of options for you and your guests!

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We had a pancake bar for Iggy's second birthday party, but this would also be a super rad idea for a New Year's Day brunch party. If you're not feeling the pancakes vibe, set up a toaster and a box of frozen waffles and go hog wild!

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If you're traveling to a New Year's Day event, a batch of homemade banana muffins are always a welcome treat. Bonus - they're vegan-friendly! Yum!

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You're Welcome. :)

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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12.23.2015

Blue Harlequin OOTD

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dress - Pinup Girl Clothing / shoes - BAIT Footwear / cardigan - thrifted / brooch - Deer Arrow / necklace - vintage / belt - Pinup Girl Clothing / tights - idk / petticoat - Malco Modes via eBay

I waited to post this OOTD because basically I felt like it was this outfit, but in another colorway. But if you REALLY wanted to break it down, 99% of my outfits are the same outfit but in different colorways. Dress + cardigan + tights + belt + petticoat + shoes = Jenny OOTD... so yeah.

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Almost every Sunday I can find at least one cropped cardigan at Savers in a color that I don't already own (later this week I will attempt to explain how the heck I store all of this crap stuff), so usually during the week I try to find a reason to wear it with one of my dresses. Therefore, two very similar dress + cardigan combos saw the light on this particular week.

You know what? These harlequin Jenny dresses cost me a pretty penny, so why shouldn't I wear the bejeesus out of them?

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I don't often talk about wearing petticoats, but I do wear one most days. Although right now I'm getting pretty peeved at static electricity. What does one do about this issue? I spray my layers with Static Guard, but it just comes back as I walk around during the day. I've even safety-pinned dryer sheets between the layers of tulle, without much success.

Ughhhh seasons.

I buy the petticoats that are less full... usually the Zooey (or 580) is the one I go for. I've tried the Jennifer (or 582) (the one sold on most rockabilly/pinup websites), but it just feels so triangular and poofy on me. Maybe because I'm super short? But then sometimes I look at these photos and think "oh heck I can definitely go poofier!"

The other advantage of the Jennifer style is that it comes in a zillion colors. That = way more fun.

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My Ouija brooch from Deer Arrow is amazing! I'd been eyeing it for awhile, and then got scared it would sell out and not come back (in case it was a limited Halloween thing), so I bought one with some Paypal credit I'd been hoarding. Yay! It's beautiful, and I love the little acrylic piece underneath paired with the wooden planchette.

Oh yeah, and more Black Friday stuff! BAIT Footwear shoes! Oh wait, nope, this pair was from the Swap/Sell FB group. But it does remind me that I bought two pairs of BAITs in their Black Friday sale, so you will see those soon for sure.

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I love these, and I sized up a half-size, which was smart, so they fit well, but they still hurt my toes like there's no tomorrow! Specifically, they rub on the outside of my feet and cause my pinky toes to huuuuuurt. Any advice? I'm thinking that it's just a breaking-in type of situation. At least I hope so!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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12.21.2015

Puffer Fish OOTD

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skirt - The Oblong Box Shop / shoes - thrifted / belt - thrifted / shirt - Target / brooch - Erstwilder

Ooooh, Black Friday scores! Today's OOTD post features an awesome skirt from The Oblong Box Shop, where I had been eyeing this puffer fish skirt for what felt like for-ev-er, but I actually (!!!) had restraint and waited until their Black Friday sale and picked it up at an awesome discount! Woo hoo!

Oddly enough, I don't think I ever posted an OOTD with my first Oblong Box Shop skirt - the Halloween print circle skirt - which is probably one of my all-time favorite skirts along with my Deadly Dames monster print one. I loved the fit and length of my first OBS skirt so much that I immediately put the puffer fish design on my wishlist, along with the Moais in Space design (which I scored via Unique Vintage at an amazing price!). I'm dying to get my hands on one of the Hotrod Pinstripe skirts, but they've been out of stock forever, and I'm unsure if they'll ever really come back...

Oh yeah, and another design coming out soon is a Mid-century Modern Furniture patterned skirt! Dying.

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So, today's outfit is also a triumph of thrifting awesomeness, too! I first showed you my thrifted Clarks super comfy shoes here. But in this OOTD, I also have a sweet thrifted orange belt! Now you might be thinking what I was thinking... "When will I ever need an orange belt?" But here you go. The lesson here is that when you find an awesome belt at the thrift store for only a buck or two in a color you do not already own, snap that up. Because you never know when it might be totally awesome.

Also, Halloween. Save your orange for pairing with black, and there you go, Halloween.

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For all girls looking to sport a vintage-y, pinup-y, 50's vibe in your wardrobe, you kind of need to pick up the Target boatneck shirts in all colors. Like the belts, you never know when a color might come in handy. In my case, I was all "but I don't wear blue or navy!" and then I got this sweet underwater puffer fish skirt within days of also scoring the (also blue) Moais in space skirt. Thus necessitated a blue shirt. Thanks, Target!

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After wearing this outfit, I did actually go back on the OBS store and purchase the matching puffer fish brooch (because NEED), but on this sad day without a coordinating puffer fish brooch, I donned my Erstwilder mermaid brooch, which aligns with the under the sea theme here.

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I can tell you that I get more inquiries about my skirts when I'm wearing an OBS design than any other. So if you dislike holding up your hem so that people can see the design and doing a little twirl to show it off, stay away from these skirts. But I kind of like it so I can deal.

:)

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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12.19.2015

Sounds Like Christmas?

Alternative Holiday Music Playlist by Betties N Brimstone Blog

...Yes, Christmas music is, for the most part, just awful. But dig around and you might find some slightly tolerable tunes floating around.

I made and posted a playlist way back in 2013, but I was using a service other than Spotify for my music, so I've lost the original info. I figured that you guys would appreciate an updated version anyways.

Here’s my Crimmus Time playlist for people who hate Christmas music:

 


Have a great holiday...

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor

12.18.2015

Holiday Diet Inspiration



Alright ladies and gents...

I know I have a difficult time saying no to the second (or even third) piece of pie over the holidays...
Staying on track is difficult and I know most people probably put up inspiration boards made from bits of magazines and wholesome inspirational quotes...I watch burlesque. Yep!...You heard me.

A) These ladies are in such great shape and do not look like skeletons...
B) The choreography is beautiful!

And (of course),
C) Dita is the queen!

So, if your holiday dieting inspiration boards aren't working for you this year (and you aren't afraid of some beautiful and scantily clad women) give this a try! ;)

Until Next Time!

~Steph @ Calamity Layne

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12.16.2015

Non-Traditional Christmas Decor

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I’m much much more a Halloween person than I am a Christmas person. I actually find it difficult to muster up the motivation to decorate for Christmas. But I dunno, maybe I’m a bad mom if I don’t celebrate the season, and I’ll cause Iggy to have issues with the holiday? I don’t want to ruin it for him by being a big scrooge. So I’ve tried to find ways to create a happy medium.

Not a green tree.
Christmas trees and ornaments are not horrible in and of themselves… but any time I can do stuff different from the standard (White wedding dress? Heck no!), I tend to do that. Hence, I have a pink Christmas tree, and a black Christmas tree. Other fun options include white, purple, or even ombre. You can find some pretty fun and snazzy trees via Treetopia.com - that’s where my black one came from.

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Ornaments?
First of all, ornaments don’t even need to start as ornaments. Decorate your tree with your favorite jewelry or hair bows and flowers! Even if you do use traditional ornaments, make it a fun scavenger hunt to find the most weird or gaudy designs possible. I have a glittery mermaid ornament, and a carousel horse with a giant feather coming out of the top. I do have a sentimental place for small handful of my childhood ornaments that are still around, like a plush Miss Piggy and a plastic tree that I colored in elementary school.

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Non-Traditional Christmas Decor Ideas on Betties N Brimstone Blog

Another idea would be to DIY some unique ornaments of your own. Last year I bought mini canvases and turned them into sweet ornaments with a witchy/gothic feel to them. I think they’re great.

Collect a holiday-ish thing.
Me? A collection? Go figure. I started collecting vintage reindeer a few years back, and it has grown, as my collections tend to do. It gave me something to hunt for at antique and thrift stores during the holiday season, and now I have a pretty cool collection (not all vintage) for my fireplace mantle. I try to switch up how I arrange them each year.

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Non-Traditional Christmas Decor Ideas on Betties N Brimstone Blog

Another idea is to incorporate your current collections into your holiday decor. I grabbed all of my snowflake Pyrex pieces and mixed them in with my reindeer this year. I’ve done a similar thing for Valentine’s Day with my pink and red pieces, too.

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Not red and green.
There are lots of Christmas colors besides red and green, if you decide that they are. One of my favorite Christmas themes is simple black and white! My black tree has a black and white striped skirt. And let’s talk about Christmas cards. For the last couple of years I’ve turned my family photos all black-and-white for our holiday cards, and stuck to a black and white design (I use a service like Snapfish to do my cards). I like the minimalist, modern feel that it gives the cards. Seriously, most card designs are totally horrible.

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Target has actually come out with some nice holiday decor that is not red-and-green (although that DOES exist if you want it), including some really nice bottle brush trees that are offered in pinks, blues, gray, and metallic tones. I grabbed the pink and gray ones.

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Smells.
I really hate most pine tree/evergreen scents. It makes me gag. Or those awful pinecones that reek of too much cinnamon and cloves and are placed just inside the entrance to stores so I can’t escape them. Barf. Therefore, fill your house with other smells that are way more awesome for holiday stuff. Like coffee. Or chocolate. Or chocolate coffee. Seriously though, why can’t we still smell like pumpkin? I buy up a bunch of those pumpkin candles after Halloween and just burn them all year.

I made this candied nuts recipe, and they were amazing and made the house smell really good. So that’s one idea. If you’re looking for something completely different, yet warm and wonderful, try something from Burke and Hare Co. - my most favorite scent is Salem, but I’ve sampled some of their other scents, and they’re pretty awesome, too. They even had one at one time named Krampus. That can’t be bad.
Non-Traditional Xmas Decor Ideas

DIY it and you can do whatever you want!
I’ve posted some other Holiday-ish DIYs in the past that you might want to check out for more non-traditional and/or customizable decor projects:

Non-Traditional Xmas Decor Ideas

Non-Traditional Xmas Decor Ideas

Non-Traditional Xmas Decor Ideas

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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12.14.2015

Winter Decor DIY: Recycled Pillow Covers!

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I have too many pillows in my house. I’m not sure how they all got here, but it’s a thing. Yet, I keep finding myself drawn to cute pillows every time I go to IKEA or HomeGoods or Target… and then I have to remind myself that I don’t NEED new pillows, I have a large assortment of cute ones at home already.

Since I don’t really need to buy new pillows, but I want to change things up, I came up with a way to use my existing pillows and make them feel new again: pillow covers using thrifted sweaters! It’s a great way to “winterize” your decor using your already existing home decor - on the cheap!

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We’re going to make these pillows like envelopes, so that the covers are removable and washable, and so that you can use the pillows contained within as-is (in case you used couch pillows that you might want to also return to their original state later on).

Here’s what you need: 
  • Existing decorative throw pillows, any size (I prefer square ones. Don’t have any pillows? Lucky you! Go ahead and purchase whatever you can find on sale - the cheaper the better, or even just grab some of those plain pillow inserts - Crate and Barrel has 18x18 ones for only $12!
  • Sweaters, thrifted, 2 per pillow - one for the front, and one for the back - large enough in width and length to cover the span of one side of your pillow
  • A sewing machine, and thread to match your sweaters
  • Straight pins 
  • Good fabric scissors 
  • A measuring tape or ruler 
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For the sweaters, I like to find ones with interesting knit cable for the front side, and a soft flat knit for the back side. I stuck with creams/whites/grays for my pillows shown here. Felt nice and wintery. 

Here’s how it works:
The front panel of the pillow is a square. Give yourself an extra inch beyond the actual pillow measurement for seam allowance. So, if you have an 18x18 pillow, make the front panel 19x19. This gets cut from sweater #1, your “front” side sweater. As long as you can get one solid piece the size that you need from your sweater, it does not matter if the edges are all “cut” edges, aka frayed, because they’ll be hidden inside the pillow seams.

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The back panel is a little more complicated. Your end measurement is still 19x19, but your back panel is made up of TWO pieces overlapping, which creates the envelope-like opening. I use sweater #2 for this, and I use the bottom of both the front and the back of the sweater to create the overlapping edges, since the bottom of the sweater is already finished nicely and will keep its shape.

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Winter Decor DIY: Recycled Pillow Covers on Betties N Brimstone Blog!
You’ll want to make your overlap on the back side 2-3 inches total. So, for your 18x18 pillow, you’ll need two pieces of fabric cut from the bottom of your sweater, 19x11(ish) each. You’ll overlap the two pieces so they form a 19x19 square. The bottom (finished) edges of the sweater will serve as your overlapped edges.

To see a video of the basic envelope pillow cover construction (including the overlap on the back), you can check out this tutorial (she uses decorator fabric instead of a sweater):



One time I made a sweater pillow cover and I did NOT use the existing finished edges as my overlap. I instead hemmed two sections of sweater. It worked, but the hem is all wiggly and weird and loose-fitting. I’m not nearly as happy with it:

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The easy part comes once you have your panels cut to size. Lay the front panel and the back panel together, with right sides facing inwards. Pin all four sides, and sew ALL the way around!
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Once this is done, use the overlap opening to turn the entire thing inside-out, which is now actually right-side-out, technically. Then insert your pillow.

Enjoy your new pillows by flopping them onto a nearby couch or bed. Sit on said couch or bed with a cup of coffee and read (or watch Netflix, I won’t judge). Feel like an awesome domestic goddess.

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Yayy! You did it!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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