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I bought this lovely bedspread at a thrift store a few months ago.

I tried throwing it on the bottom of my bed as an accent, but that’s when I found that it had a few holes and some paint spots.  I threw it in my closet hoping I would someday be inspired to use the fabric in other ways.  I am not the best seamstress, but I am handy with the sewing machine and I thought this fabric could be used elsewhere.  Then I forgot about it until this weekend.  I was looking at a chair that has been sitting in my bedroom begging to be recovered.  Great chair, but the fabric doesn’t match anything in my room.  This was a gift from an old friend.  She and I were both heavily into auctioning at the time.  She bought this for a few dollars at an auction.  Awesome gift!

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And then I remembered the bedspread in my closet and voila!  New cover.  Isn’t it fancy now?  I am thinking about painting the chair either an off-white, black or maybe even green.

The fun didn’t stop there.  I had to make pillows out of the fabric too.

This envelope pillow case is covering a throw pillow purchased at a thrift store for about $1.  I washed the pillow in hot water when I brought it home.  The little pillow in the photo below is sitting in the wingback chair that I bought at an auction as one of a pair for one dollar.  Yup, I bought two wingback chairs for a dollar.  That included a footstool that my silly husband got rid of without my knowing about it or it would look like the pillows right now.  I covered both chairs with slipcovers that I purchased at Big Lots for less than $10 each.  Not a bad deal at all.

Isn’t it amazing what can be done for very little money?  I paid less than $2 for the bedspread, about a dollar for the throw pillow and the chair above was a gift.  I love thrift stores and auctions.  They have some amazing things that are just waiting to be loved again.    You may even have things you have purchased over the years in storage that could just use a little face lift.  If you still cannot think of a way to re-use it, give it to a friend, family member or thrift store.  There is always someone who would enjoy your trash.