Make Outdoor Pillows with Martha

I love this idea:

Make-your-own outdoor pillowcases using vinyl tablecloths!

I have seen so many cute patterns on vinyl tablecloths lately. You can pick them up at Target, Home Goods or Kohl's on sale and brighten up your deck or porch for very little money.

Here is the tutorial from

"Those inexpensive vinyl tablecloths are good for more than just picnics -- they make great material for pillows that are easy to clean."
  • "To make one, cut two squares in desired dimensions from a patterned tablecloth, adding 1/2 inch to each side.
  • Right sides facing, stitch pieces together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance.
  • Leave one side open for batting or pillow insert.
  • Turn right side out, then stuff (if using batting pull it into small pieces).
  • Stitch opening closed."

(First Published: August 2005)


  1. well now has martha stolen my idea? lol! i just covered my kitchen chairs w/a vinyl table cloth that cost me $2.88 at Big Lots :) Much cuter patterns in this pic though... might have to go to Tarjay to find something more fab. W/3 kids I have some pretty yucky looking cloth chair covers that were screaming "COVER ME!"

  2. Super cute idea! What a great find (you and your great post!)

    Off to load my cart up with table cloths! :)

  3. What a great idea, and all the "Easter" ones just went on sale at Walmart, great spring colors!

  4. great minds think alike, laurie! (you and martha, of course) oooh, i forgot about the wally world after-easter sale - gotta go! we are still using some 17-cent placemats for the kids from that sale years ago! :) i was thinking you could cut the tablecloths to fit your kids' art tables or for pretty tea parties too!


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