DIY Outdoor Pillow from A Tote Bag + Fall Porch Reveal


With every new season, I like to transform my front porch. I always have pillows on my bench but I don’t want to spend a ton of money on pillows with each changing season. Not only that, but I think about storage and I don’t want to store pillows each time either.

So, I try to cover them but not in a permanent way. They are also pillows that can be exposed to the elements during the season whether that is sun, rain or wind, so I want a material that will be sturdy. For this fall season, I came up with a solution that fits all of my needs.


I found these cute tote bags at Hobby Lobby at $3.99 each. So, I got 3 for $12. Which is basically a yard and 1/2 of fabric. But this option is a no sew and its canvas. So, they are a durable fabric.  I chose the chevron for pattern mixing and because I used them for Halloween as well. Double Holiday duty! I like it!


This process was so easy and so fast. After fall and Halloween, I can remove the pillows and fold up the tote bags for storage. I am on the look out for Christmas tote bags so I can easily transition my pillows into Christmas season.

Now, for the rest of my porch.



This sign was an easy and fast craft. Found the wood at Wal-Mart and added the paint. Easy!





Yellow Lantern was a Pick Your Plum find and my fabric is from JoAnn.




I also have my new Fall DIY Wreath that I will share with ya next week. It is a beauty!


Stay tuned!

It may not be technically fall yet and especially not in Arizona. But we are making our way there with 90 degree and even 88 degree temps so I am hoping. It is still monsoon season so the rain is comforting and feels fall-ish.

Try this unique way to cover your pillows for each new season or holiday. No need to spend a ton on pillows and take up space in storage, when you don’t have to. Hope this idea works for all of ya’ll too!

You can say a lot about the CSI Girl and her home, but one thing is for sure, my front fall front porch welcomes you!

Happy Fall Ya’ll!

Always remember to Create, Share and Inspire!

  1. Pamela Smith 11 months ago

    I’m going to be looking for some cute tote bags now! I love being able to change out my pillows for the different seasons. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Megin 11 months ago

    What a fun idea! Love those chevrons!
    Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight). I plan to feature you next week!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  3. Jenny @ Refresh Living 11 months ago

    I’ve never thought of making a pillow out of a tote bag – what a great and simple idea! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link.

  4. veronica lee 10 months ago

    You can’t go wrong with chevron! LOVE!

  5. Mary Lindsey 10 months ago

    Those tote bag Pillow’s are genius I can’t wait to do it myself!

  6. Maria Montero 10 months ago

    Love the idea now I can change my pillows according to season:))

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