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DIY Outdoor Pillows & Inserts

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I have another fun DIY project for you today and this one is for a fun set of easy DIY outdoor pillows! I made this for the little ones at Avery’s current school for their outdoor reading area but they would also work great in backyards as well!  You will never believe my secret weapon either! Hefty Waste Bags! What? Yes, the trash bags you can already find in your house or pick up on your weekly Walmart trip can be turned into these fun outdoor pillows! Plus there is an extra bonus for your child’s school!


I am serious y’all, I buy the Hefty Odor Block® Scented Trash Bags in Clean Citrus for around the house and these are exactly what I used for this tutorial.



The bonus here is that right now when you pick up select varieties you get 4 BOX TOPS for a limited time as a special Back to School offer from Hefty! I love Box Tops For Education and have been collecting them for months already and Avery doesn’t start Kindergarten until September! The awesome part is that they have long expiration dates so I can stock up now so I have a ton to donate to the school right when we start! These are so helpful for the kids and are a valuable resource for schools and Hefty is the only brand of trash bags that supports Box Tops and have donated over $3 million dollars in contributions to schools by partnering with Box Tops for Education!


Alright, so let’s get started! First, let’s talk fabric. I wanted to make these as easy as possible so when I found these fun dishtowels at Walmart I grabbed them right up because the 4 packs were only $2! Score!

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They are 12×12 so I laid one out on the corner of my waste bag and cut out a square to match.


Now here is where  it gets cool. I got out my vacuum sealer, you know the one for food, if you don’t have one of these a hot glue gun would work but this was just perfectly amazing. I put one of the open sides in the sealer and the important part is that you hit the SEAL button, not vacuum & seal.

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After you have that side sealed it is time to fill it up with grocery bags (you know we all have a ton of those as well). I found 6 was good for my 12×12 insert.


Then, you guessed it, I smashed down the bags a bit and sealed the last side in the vacuum sealer. Then you have a water resistant pillow insert! Cool huh?!


Once you have your insert made, it is time to sew up the cover. I took two of the dishtowels and put them wrong sides together and sewed around the edge. I was able to do this because these had a great finished edge. If I had used napkins or something of a smoother texture, I would have sewed them right side together, turned it inside out and so on has with a normal pillow tutorial.


After 3 edges were sewn, I put my Hefty pillow insert inside the cover and sewed up the last side!


I am really thrilled with how easy and awesome these inserts came out and even more because it uses something I have on hand all the time and being able to get 4 extra Box Tops on each box of my Hefty Waste Bags makes me really want to stock up!


I mean look at them? I think the little kids are going to love having them on their playground!


I’m stocking up on Hefty Waste Bags to earn Box Tops for my school this year. What are your best ideas?

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One Response to DIY Outdoor Pillows & Inserts

  1. HonestAndTruly July 15, 2015 at 9:08 pm #

    What a great idea! I am not a good sewer, but I know some people who are who would love these. I’d love to do something like this for the cushions on my deck because it’s about time to replace them. Again. The idea to use Hefty Bags to make them water resistant inside is inspired! #client