Fabric Alternatives for a Pillow

We used an old Kohl’s shower curtain that we were no longer using for our outdoor pillows.  We were able to make six pillows from one curtain (two full size, two small and two lumbar).  Stripe on one side, polka dots on the other.

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It has worked very well due to the water resistant nature of the fabric. 

When finding fabric for pillows, don’t forget to look at pre-made things and consider using that fabric for other uses than what was intended.

I’ve come across some pretty awesome fabrics in shower curtains at Target, Kohl’s, Bed Bath and Beyond and Homegoods lately. 

You want to find something that is a nice print as well as a decent quality – not too thin or with too low of a thread count.  Stay away from too much shine or straight up plastic. 

Wouldn’t this floral shower curtain from BB&B make a nice pillow?

SONOMA life + style Tiburon Shower Curtain

Or, this one.

Apt. 9 Graphite Dot Shower Curtain

This black and white shower curtain is also not bad.

Or, what about scarves?  They are usually about the right size for a pillow.


Don’t forget table cloths or curtain panels.

Product Image Blue Geo Print Tablecloth - 60x84"

This is a really nice geometric pattern from Target.

Product Image DwellStudio® for Target® Algiers Tablecloth - 60 x 84"

A black and white table cloth from Dwell Studio’s Target collection is also a nice choice.

Get creative with where you find fabrics for pillows and other accessories.


  1. At The Picket Fence

    So clever! I've been trying to find some new outdoor pillows for my porch but haven't seen anything I just love and now I know to go look for a shower curtain! :-)

  2. Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

    I love that you think outside the box! The pillows are awesome!
    Hope you have a great sunday!

  3. Thanks for stopping by. I often thought of using shower curtains for pillows but have yet to try it. Love curtain #1 and #2; they would make some pretty pillows. Nice idea especially for outdoor.

  4. Great idea! I've using table cloths for pillows but had never thought of using shower curtains for outdoor pillows! Thanks for the tip :-)

  5. This is a great idea for outdoor pillows! I just finished making some indoor pillows with dishtowels – such a cheap alternative!

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