Going Red, White & Blue With Dollar Store Bandanas

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day. Company came to visit me for a long weekend which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Prior to the visit, I wanted to try adding red, white and blue for the holiday. I like to do things sweet and simple. I usually get into trouble when I complicate things. Have you ever heard of the KISS principle? I discovered it early in life.

K – Keep

I – It

S – Simple

– Stupid

Inspired by so many posts about dollar store bandannas and wanting to keep it simple, I made two pillows for the patriotic look using red and blue bandannas from the dollar store.

I considered all red? red and blue reversible? I kept it simple  and did one all blue and one all red.  Sew two bandanas together around the edge or use iron on hemming tape.  If you want to make a pillow cover that can be removed, leave the 4th side open and close with a zipper or velcro for no sew. I love making simple pillow covers; I put the velcro side at the bottom.

I changed the back pillows to deep red and off white – gives it a more farmhouse look.

The red and blue really pops against the white.

For my table I always like to start with a cotton tablecloth – this one is blue, white, and red plaid. Add a blue bandanna, a red jug, white plate and sea shells, I am ready for the flowers. I bought two small bunches at the local grocery store for my red, white and blue mix – including a red rose, red carnation, blue hydrangea, white lilies, and lots of baby’s breath.

My holiday company is leaving this morning, and now I must get back to several projects I started last week. I have moved furniture around in my second bedroom and now must decide what I will give away and what I will keep. Also, I am in the middle of a sewing project from new material I got at the thrift store. More to come on that later.

Have a blessed day!

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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

54 thoughts to “Going Red, White & Blue With Dollar Store Bandanas”

  1. Carol, this is the first time I’ve read about Dollar Store bandanas. Your pillows turned out fantastic. I’m going on the prowl at my local store soon, if you don’t mind me copykating your look. I try to stay with KISS, but I always end up too complicated. My plan is to do a rustic patriotic look that will work for me from Memorial Day through Labor Day by adding and subtracting as the Summer progresses into Fall. I’m your newest subscriber and Pinterest follower and will be snooping around your pretty blog often.

    1. I usually go to Dollar Tree. They get new stuff weekly and I have fun checking it out even if I don’t buy anything. I like your decorating plans – sometimes just a small change can make a big difference. I am now following you too and on Pinterest. Thanks for the follow! Look forward to seeing your future posts.

  2. I love that you made this with Dollar Store items. It looks wonderful for any patriotic holiday. Thanks for sharing at Celebrate the USA Party! Pinning to the party board.

  3. Very good idea, and your pillows are so cute……once again proving you don’t have to spend a fortune to
    enjoy and have fun decorating your home. You did a great job on those pillows they really came out well.
    Blessings, Nellie

  4. So cute Carol! I love the bandana pillows. Your table is layered beautifully! I love the tablecloth!! I bought a cute new runner today that will be fun for my patriotic table. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  5. What a great idea! I’m going to Dollar Tree today and will have to be on the lookout. These would make cute napkins at a bbq too. 🙂

    Happy Thoughts of Home!!

  6. Carol,
    These pillows are so creative and cute! I just love simple, you know it is always the best:)
    We can fuss and overthink so much that we are worn out from it all.
    Cutest idea ever!
    Love having you join us at TOHOT!

  7. Carol- your bandana projects are so cute.
    I will be on the hunt for some at Dollar Tree.
    I love the pillows!


  8. Oh I love this. Super Simple. Not stupid though. LOL. I shared my Memorial Day table this week too. But today I shared a thrifty post at SYC. I am following you and I signed up for your emails.
    Today I am visiting from my book review blog. Tryin’ to get a little traffic over there. Come over and visit. I’ve reviewed some great books this year. http://myreadingjourneys.blogspot.com
    Thanks for sharing. Have a Fabulous Friday. I linked my Thrifty Thursday post at Share Your Cup too!

    1. Thanks for the visit. I just signed up for your book reviews. And am following you on Google plus – would appreciate a follow-back. Have a wonderful day.

  9. I think all of these are really cool — but the pillows — they blew me away!! I would love for someone to come along and make those for me, ha ha I really don’t think I have the skills to do these myself. You are talented; thanks for sharing.

    1. I am not skilled and if I can do it, so can you. Sew the edges of 2 bandanas together on 3 sides. Put in pillow insert. Sew 4th side. Voila!

  10. This is delightful idea, Carol. I love it! I don’t like to have too many seasonal decorations on hand due to space to store them but bandanas would be so easy. What a great idea. Sharing the love, Amy

  11. Love the pillows! Love “K.I.S.S.”! Love the dollar store! 😉 This entire post is right up my alley because we have a red, white, and blue house. I am the least crafty human being ever to draw a breath of air, but I might have to try those pillows for the porch swing on the front of my red, white, and blue house! Pinning…and stopping by from Life Is Lovely.

  12. Love your pillow project. So easy and cute. The dollar store is so fun! Thank you Carol for sharing your creativity at DI&DI.

  13. I had heard about the bandanas at the Dollar Store, but wasn’t sure what the pillowcases would look like, I really like yours and they look great on the white futon cover. But I really love your centerpiece, the flowers look great, what a welcoming table!!!

  14. Those $1.00 bandannas are so versatile and perfect for Memorial Day, Flag Day, and July 4. I’m going to snag some for myself before they’re all sold out. Thanks!

  15. Love your pretty pillows, great job on those…………now you are ready for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor
    Have a delightful day,

  16. Enjoyed all of your wonderful floral arrangements, landscapes, recipes,, it’s all great. Your so creative, thank you for sharing, always look forward to receiving your emails. Immeasurable blessings, Geri

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