I’m so excited to share with you my repurposed shower curtain & jeans into no sew outdoor pillows with a journal and pen pockets! This easy upcycled project is perfect for any age and makes a great gift idea!
I found an inexpensive shower curtain at a thrift store and decided to upcycle it into no sew outdoor pillows.
It’s perfect for this as it’s waterproof and protects the pillow insert from the outdoor elements.
Your pillow case size depends on the pillow insert you’ll be using. Simply place your pillow on top of the shower curtain and cut it to be a few inches larger than the pillow on all sides.
Hot glue 3 of the 4 sides together. You can also sew this if you like, or iron fuse the fabric together.
Measured adhesive hook and loop fasteners on the last opening.
Peel off the backing of the adhesive and place it inside the opening of the pillow case.
Now you can open and close the pillow case to take it off and clean it when it needs it.
My daughter had out grown these jeans, but I loved the butterfly pocket. So I decided to use it.
You can pick up old jeans at the thrift store for cheap! Cut out both pockets to use as the pen & pencil holders.
Cut off the bottom of the 2 legs. Once the legs are cut off, cut them open, lay them flat, and cut on either side of the seams. These will become the journal pocket.
Place the pockets on the pillow case where you want them to go.
Hot glue the pocket on 3 sides to the shower curtain and leave the top side open.
Glue the larger journal pocket on 3 sides. Leave the top side open.
Put the pillow inside the case and press it closed.
I added a journal to the bottom pocket, and a pen and pencil to the top. You could also add colored pencils and an art pad if you like as well.
Here they are sitting outside. I made 2 of them, the plain pocket one is for my son.
Here is my daughter outside enjoying hers, and she loves to journal.
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No Sew Outdoor Pillows With Journal/Pen Pockets
- Hot Glue Gun
- Fabric Scissors
- Shower Curtain
- Old Jeans
- Hook and Loop Fasteners
- Place your pillow on top of the shower curtain and cut it to be a few inches larger than the pillow on all sides.
- Use hot glue on 3 of the 4 sides to hold together.
- Measure adhesive hook and loop fasteners for the last opening.
- Peel off the backing of the adhesive and place it inside the opening of the pillow case.
- Cut out both pockets to use as the pen & pencil holders.
- Cut off the bottom of the 2 legs.
- Cut them open, lay them flat, and cut on either side of the seams.
- Hot glue the pocket on 3 sides to the shower curtain and leave the top side open.
- Glue the larger journal pocket on 3 sides. Leave the top side open.
- Put the pillow inside the case and press it closed.
- Add a journal to the bottom pocket, and a pen and pencil to the top.
What a great idea & perfect for your daughter!
Thank you very much Linda. She is a more excited about it than my son (lol).
Karolyn Love says
Just wanted to tell you how so very much I am enjoying your site! You have such great ideas and easily “do-able” for those of us who think we could never do that!!! Thank you and will be looking forward to seeing more ideas in my e-mail!!!
You are so sweet Karolyn, thank you so much. I am so pleased you are enjoying my crazy creations, and thank you for being part of my blog family 🙂
Richella Parham says
Chas, I just love your “crazy creations.” This is a great one! What a good idea to use the pocket and legs from an old pair of jeans. And you’re brilliant to use an old shower curtain for waterproof fabric!
Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!
Thank you so much Richelle and I’m so glad you like the project. Thank you for the feature and for hosting a wonderful place for all of us to share our creations 🙂
What a lovely way to use a pretty jeans pocket. We have some outdoor cushions but they are not waterproof so I do have to try to remember to bring them in! This is such a good idea.
Thank you very much Julie. I have some pillows that aren’t as well, and that is one my my reasons for making these for the kids.
Hi there…great Idea! What are , adhesive hook and loop fasteners ?
I feel stupid, but thanks!
Hi Darlene! Great question, it’s Velcro with a sticky back. If you get it at the dollar store it’s called hook and loop fastner.
Kathleen Pisacano says
Your outdoor pillow idea is sooo cute.
Barb E says
Adorable, Chas! I love that this pillow is “no sew” and the journaling pocket embellishment is such a great and unique idea. My husband is designing a window seat for our granddaughter and this will be very cute addition. Thank you!!
Thank you so much for the kind words and I love that you’re building this for your granddaughter, how very sweet.