How to Turn $3 Worth of Thrifted Finds Into the Cutest Pillow


The art of upcycling is really, at its core, about looking at things differently. It’s seeing something and being able to imagine what else it could be. The best part about it is that there are no limits to what something can be! Whatever you can imagine, goes.

I love that no matter who you are or how creative you might be, we all have an imagination.

Have you seen anything lately that you thought would be great remade into something else? Maybe you didn’t actually recreated it in the end, but just imagining it is wonderful isn’t it?!

I did that with these doilies I found at the thrift store last month. I am a sucker for things that are knitted or crocheted (I never know how to tell the difference!). It takes so much time and effort to create these treasures that I am always temped to pick them up. (like the $7 blanket I found here…)

crocheted doilies in 4 sizes

These doilies were only $2.99 for all 4! They were in amazing condition and looked like they had never even been used. Two of them were the same size and pattern so my mind immediately went to work and I though they would make the lovliest pillow.

two doilies the same size round

This really became one of the easiest projects I have done and took under 15 minutes to make.

After washing and drying the pieces, I sewed the two circles together. I sewed them just below the pretty edge so that it would create a ruffle.

sewing two handmade crocheted doilies together

I went 90% of the way around the circle and then left a small opening to get the batting in.

two round knitted circles sewn together

It was then just a matter of filling the new pillow until it was nice and fluffy. Once I had it filled, I sewed the little opening closed.

stuffing two circles with batting to make a pillow

How cute is that little ruffle? I can’t believe this pillow cost under $3!

the edges of a diy pillow

Little details like this make a space feel so cozy and any time you can reuse something, it’s always a win win.

round pillow made from thrifted knitted doillies

By the way, if you happen to have any thoughts on whether these pieces were knitted or crocheted I’d love to know!

6 Comments on " How to Turn $3 Worth of Thrifted Finds Into the Cutest Pillow "

  1. Lisa

    The off white one is crochet…the others are knitted. BEAUTIFUL

    1. Lisa

      Thanks so much, Laura! I never know how to tell the difference but I love them all none-the-less 🙂

      1. Lisa

        Very cute pillow!

        1. Lisa

          Thanks so much 😉

  2. Lisa

    Cute! The three with the radial spokes were knitted. The other one looks like it was crocheted.

    1. Lisa

      Thanks, Michelle! I’m so glad to know because someone sure put a lot of work into them and they are lovely.

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