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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 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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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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