Recycled Plastic Bag Decor Pillow

recycled plastic bag pillow decor
Do you have plastic bags? Guilty as charged my family somehow has (well it feels like over a million) plastic bags. Honestly, I feel bad, I am not the one buying groceries in my family, my mom is but hey I can’t blame her. It is very easy to forget the reusable bags. How many time have you realize last minute in the car that you needed milk or cheese and then go to the store coming to the cashier with ten times more than what you had intended?  You realize right then that you forgot your reusable bags at home. I hear yeah! I can’t stand plastic bags and yet it finds a way to infest my apartment and soon their family members join and next thing you know you have a huge mount Everest size amount of sitting in your kitchen.
What now? Do you throw them away? No! Do not throw them away! I am here to show you an alternate way to reuse it. I already showed you a way to reuse them for décor – How To Turn Plastic Bags Into Decorations and now I will show you another way you can use your plastic bags as pillows. No, I am not joking. I said pillows. Okay, honestly this may sound insane, really try to hold in your laughter, some people have laughed at this thought already (my mom and well someone else.) but you will have to see it, to believe how cool this idea really is.

Here is what I did:

I love love love this print.
pillow case

 

I bought this cushion cover from Dollarama for $2.00 and I bought two.
dollarama
There is a reason why I love this pillow style. It has a zipper on one side compared to traditional open-ended pillows so nothing is going to fall out. It is a very important tip since you do not want to have plastic bags falling out everywhere. Not something everyone wants to see when you are sitting down trying to enjoy yourself.
I opened it.

 

Took all the plastic bags that we accumulated.
Stuffed the loud crinkling plastic bags into a soft plastic bag.
( I did this two sets of this)
Next, I stuffed all the bags into the cushion cover.
Then I zipped the zipper shut.

 

Here is one real pillow cushion with a real pillow and one with recycled plastic.
Looks identical right?

 

 Can you tell which one is which?
Left one or right one?
 

Just leave it on a chair or couch, it for show not for holding tight or resting your head on, I wouldn’t recommend that at all. Okay, so this is not a pillow you can cuddle at night with but it is a very cool, very green way of making décor. Oh, the answer to my question above is left one, if you were wondering.

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54 Comment

  1. These are adorable! What a great simple idea to get rid of all those plastic bags. I think this would be great for patio furniture. Filled with plastic, you wouldn't have to worry about the cushions staying wet for days! Thanks for sharing!!!!

    1. Oh thank you I am happy that you enjoyed this idea 🙂 I agree that these pillows would be great on a patio. Thank you for stopping by and commenting Lisa.

    1. Thank you 🙂 and thank you for stopping by and commenting. I am glad you enjoyed my post.

  2. That is a great idea, I will have to try it. We have tons of plastic bags and I never know what to do with them.

    1. Thanks I am happy you enjoyed this post. Those plastic bags can defiantly collect, now you got a new way to get rid of them. Thank you for stopping by and commenting 🙂

  3. That's such a smart idea! Pillow inserts can be pricey, so I'll keep this in mind:)

    1. Thank you, yeah I agree that pillow inserts can be pricey. Glad that you enjoyed this post 🙂

  4. Great idea! I have actually used something similar when camping to add some cushioning. I love to reduce, reuse and recycle and intend to dedicate an upcoming post to it. Would you mind if I featured this as one of the unique ideas (with a link of course for instructions)?

    As for people laughing at your ideas, how many people laughed at Ben Franklin or even Noah? I always keep that in mind when speaking to particularly unencouraging family member.

    Keep up the great post I will following you now that I found you at From Dreams to Reality.

    1. Aww I am happy you enjoyed my post… don't worry now no one is laughing any more because it looks fantastic. I guess hearing the thought about plastic bags in a pillow case may sound crazy but next time I won't explain, I will just surprise. 😛 Of course you can feature this. I feel so honoured that you want to.

      Thank you for stopping by and giving me those encouraging words. Tina 🙂

  5. How fun! I love pillows but am too frugal to buy too many of them. I love your frugal ideas! found you at the link party. Good visit! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much. I am happy to have you stop by and comment!

  6. Great reuse of materials. Cute pillow.

    1. Thank you Audra for stopping by and commenting. I am glad that you enjoyed my post.

  7. I loved your Tip Me Tuesday link this week. {thanks girl!} Would you like Tip Junkie to feature your blog post to over 200,000 creative women? If you upload this blog post into your Tip Junkie craft room using at least 2 images, 2 steps, and blog post URL then I can easily feature it in my RSS feed, home page, and all my social networks instantly. {squealing with delight} ~ Laurie {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie}
    http://www.tipjunkie.com/post/how-to-add-a-craft-room-project-on-tip-junkie/

    1. I would love to be featured however I tried to sign up a few times now and there seems to always be a problem with the birth date part even though I have done it the way it asks. Let me know if what I can do. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Laurie.

  8. What an awesome way to recycle. These looks great. I need to find a Dollarama…I have plenty of plastic bags. Awesome pillows here I come…LOL!!!! Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Aww thank you so much Trish. I am so happy you enjoyed this post.

  9. Great idea! Thanks for sharing:)

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting Sandra 🙂

  10. I love recycling things and I have a million bags will definitely be making these pillows visiting from inspiration thursday have a great weekend

    1. Thank you Robin for stopping by and commenting. I am happy you are inspired to make my pillow idea. You have a great weekend too. 🙂

  11. I love this idea! It would be perfect for outdoor throw pillows. So glad to find you through the weekend re-treat linkup.

    1. I am happy that you stopped by and commented Meredith, I hope you visit again for more inspiring ideas. Have a great weekend.

  12. Great idea! Gorgeous fabric!
    Have a wonderful weekend and week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    http://www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

    1. Thank you Ana for the hugs from Portugal, for enjoying my post and for commenting. It made my day. Have a great weekend and week as well 🙂

  13. This is an awesome way to re-purpose plastic bags. Where we live you have to use cloth but, I know many places haven't changed that yet. Love your fabric choice too! Thanks for sharing at the party! Theresa @DearCreatives

    1. I am happy you enjoyed my post Theresa, I wish that we had to use cloth bags, we just have to pay five cents for each plastic bags we use for groceries.

  14. So cute! I love the pattern of the bag, too! Thanks for sharing it with us. Pinned!

    1. Thank you Marti for stopping by and commenting. I am happy you enjoyed the pattern!

  15. Love! You are one of the features today at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to the party. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2014/05/anything-blue-friday-week-55.html Hope to see you again at the little blue soiree. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    1. Aww thank you so much for featuring me Kathryn!

  16. I hate plastic bags too and I think this is a great way to reuse them. BTW- I didn't know you had a link party, shoot me a reminder when it starts. Found it on your Sverve page. Thanks for linking up to the Merry Monday link party.

    1. Oh thank you. Yeah my link party starts on Fridays and run through until Wednesday nights. I will try to remind you 🙂

  17. Thank you for sharing with us at Retro RePin Party, Shanice! I chose your pillow project to feature at this week's party that is starting tonight at 8:00 p.m.
    I hope you can come back to visit and link up again!

    Have an awesome week!

    Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations

    1. That is awesome! Thank you so much. I will link up again.

  18. I had often thought about doing this. I don't have room for anything nonfunctional, though, so I am glad you added that comment.

    1. The pillow has gone from nonfunctional to functional lately over at my place. I have seen guest use it as a neck rest and some have cuddled it. Totally shocked me. There was some tips on using it on patio too so you never know.Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

  19. Thanks for coming to my last Fabulous Friday party, love the bag decor pillow, hope to see you this Friday
    Thanks
    Maria

    1. Thank you Maria, see you Friday!

  20. Your ideas are so clever and these would be great for outdoor cushions – Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

    1. Thank you Amber, I agree that these would make great outdoor cushions. Hope you continue to stop by 🙂

  21. What a great way to reuse your plastic bags. This is so clever. I would have never thought of this. Thank you for sharing at Motivational Monday Link Party. I can't wait to see what you share this Sunday night.

    Bethany from The Southern Couture

    1. Thank you Bethany! See you at the next party! 😀

  22. What a great idea! Never thought of this!

    1. Thank you, Debbie! Its a great way to keep those bags in one hidden spot and upcycle them too of course!

  23. What a fantastic idea for me especially…I am a 64 year old live alone bachelor without much of a creative side..and huge amounts of plastic bags under my sink. I am going to make 2-3 of these for the living room and watch the expressions on my family's faces when they come to visit..oh and an additional thank y0u because I am also cheap.

    1. You are very welcome, Ronald. I am sure your family will love that you go eco-friendly and crafty at the same time at your place. Who doesn't love a neat cheap idea!

  24. Love this… such a fun, green idea! Pinning! Your blog is so fun. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Bradleigh! Love sharing these types of projects!

  25. What a smart way to recycle plastic bags that would otherwise end up in the trash! 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing this at the Farmhouse Friday link party! Pinned! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Michelle!

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