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Monday, June 1, 2015

SHIRT PILLOW

I can't take any credit for the design concept of this pillow, my daughter saw it on Pinterest and asked if I could make one for her and her husband.  

It's made from a shirt of my Son-in-Law's Dad who tragically passed away almost one year ago.  I love the beautiful sentiment of taking a shirt of a loved one and creating a remembrance pillow from it.  
The attached note is so powerful, it touches my heart each time I read it.  It's so difficult to lose a loved one, so having lasting mementos that we can touch and see daily can really help with the healing process. 

I actually wish I had seen this years ago, I would have loved to make one from my Mom and Dad's shirts for my daughter.  She was so young when my Mom passed she has just a few cherished memories.    My Dad passed four years later, so she had more time and was a bit older to become really close to him before he passed, so it would have been extra special to make a shirt pillow from "Grandpa" who could give her ongoing "hugs" on a regular basis.

This comes together very easily, so even if you have the most basic sewing skills you can make this happen.  Simply buy a pillow form at JoAnn's or Hobby Lobby (on sale of course). Remove the sleeves first by laying the shirt on a flat surface.  Cut right around the armhole.  Add approximately 3/4" to 1" to the pillow measurements.  In my case I purchased a large 18 x 18 pillow form, so I cut my shirt 18 3/4" x 18 3/4".

Place the shirt right sides together and stitch around the perimeter using ½" seam allowances, leaving an opening to push the pillow form through (approximately 6").  Trim close to the corners and turn it right side out.  Once you've wiggled the pillow form into the opening, stitch the opening closed using either a needle and thread or a sewing machine.

Make a special note (it could even be a special phrase the loved one had used on a regular basis), and tuck it into the pocket of the shirt.  

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