Recycling a tank into a trendy ikat pillow

I love ikat.  Don't we all?  It is everywhere these days (except JoAnn's... they are a little behind the times).  So without spending oodles on designer ikat fabric to make home dec goodies out of, I did a little upcycling and transformed this $3 clearance tank into a cute pillow for the bed!
First some inspiration.  Madeline Weinrib, anyone?


And Fabricadabra (via MadebyGirl)


So I found this tank on clearance at Marshall's around Christmastime.  It sort of fit, but not really.  So I scrapped it for raw materials!
Here are some pictures on how I (without wasting) cut apart the top to reuse the fabric.
This tank was lined, so I turned it inside out without the lining and investigated.
I ended up being able to reuse the zipper!
I wished I had had enough fabric to make a square pillow, but I didn't (well, it would have been really tiny).
So I made a rectangle, and it goes well on the bed!
Ta-Da!

9 comments

  1. What a GREAT idea! I would have never thought of doing that to all my old tanks!

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  2. I just found your blog and I'm excited to be a follower! This is a great idea by the way.

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  3. At first I was sad because I liked that tank, but then when I saw the pillow, all remorse fled. It's fantastic!

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  4. OBSESSED with what you did (and so cheap too?) I got a good chuckle about the Joanns comment, they are about 10 years behind when it comes to fabric patterns...

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  5. love this, it looks great! very cute blog by the way, i'm new to it and am a fan!

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  6. brilliant! you've inspired me to rummage through my closet for new home decor ideas... :)

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  7. Amazing! I'll have to check my pile of clothes that Plato's Closet didn't want to buy from me...I know there's got to be a gem in there somewhere!

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  8. I so agree with Joanns being behind. Is it too much to ask for a simple chevron pattern? They're just lines!

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    1. Ugh, totally, right!? Would love to see some chevrons, ikat, or stripes at JoAnn, but maybe in a few years, as the trends begin to fade... ;)

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