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I made my original denim throw pillow on a whim – I wanted to try sewing a pillow but also wanted the challenge of upcycling. I brainstormed a few ideas (over a few drinks) and the rest is history. There was no way to anticipate how much I would love making throw pillows. While I loved my original pllow, I wanted to improve my technique and expand my design sensibilities. I couldn’t think of a better way to do so than creating a mini colleciton of eight throw pillows. The build video for this collection can be seen above and a brief overview can be found below.
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I was so inspired by my Denim Upcycled Throw Pillow that I had to create more. I raided my large pile of pants, bought a few pairs of colorful chinos at a secondhand store, and let my creative juices flow. This resulted in a collection of eight pillows that I am so proud of. I’m even more proud to announce that these pillows are available at my brand new Etsy shop.

Naturally, I filmed behind-the-scenes footage while creating these throw pillows, so I’ll be editing footage for an upcoming 2-4 minute video. I’m excited for the video but I’m biased because I love seeing how things are made. I’m also excited because this project will feel “complete” when the video is uploaded. Then I can move onto my next project. I’m thinking of¬†exploring upcycled tote bags or ties. Or both. We’ll see!

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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I decided to make a pillow out of denim jeans. When I think of denim, I imagine stiff, durable, or rugged textures so there was no way to know how comfortable and plush this pillow turned out. The chevron pattern is an immediate draw, making the pillow easy on the eyes. I especially love the way the mismatched denim textures leave a gentle, alluring impression to the touch. The build video for this project can be seen above and a brief overview of this project can be found below.

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Denim is such an underrated material, typically used as pants or a jacket (shoutout to the Canadian tuxedo). I’m obsessed with putting denim where it doesn’t belong (see also: denim trenchcoat) so today I present a peek at a denim throw pillow. I just finished production and filming behind-the-scenes footage, so a “making of” video and a detailed post will be available once I finish editing.

This is certainly the first of many more upcycled pillows/projects and I’m hoping to make future products available for purchase. What do you think? Would you buy an upcycled denim pillow?

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In a previous post, I documented the creation of an upcycled denim trench dress and teased an upcoming photoshoot. This summer I had the pleasure of working with two friends (talented photographer, Jenna James, and first-time model, AJ) to capture this garment in Downtown Seattle. I recently received the finished product so see below for photos and behind-the-scenes detail. Continue reading…

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My first sewing and upcycling project was born of a friend’s request. My friend’s uncle passed away and they wanted to surprise their cousin with a sentimental gift. While brainstorming, I mentioned t-shirt quilts and absentmindedly said they were easy to make – despite not having actual sewing experience. Before I knew it, I’d volunteered to turn eight large button-down shirts and into two small shirt quilts.

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