I made this easy pillow from a thrift store treasure – a Chico’s® zip jacket for $3. Score! The jacket fabric is a soft cotton knit, similar to a sweatshirt. The pillow was easy and quick to assemble – with no hand-sewing required. I love that.
The pom-poms are an added bit of whimsy. Don’t you love pom-poms? I used a natural wheat-colored yarn to match the fabric background – behind those wintry moose and trees on the jacket.
I had taken lots of pictures while transforming the jacket into a pillow. But, my camera suddenly caught the swine flu or something. In trying to bring it back to health, I lost the pictures. I’m a terrible camera doctor! The ailing camera will require outside help, for sure.
I’m not feeling too well, either. Do you feel sick to your stomach when something expensive breaks? (Or in this case, something that I use almost every day of my life!)
Oh, and a bonus – the camera shared her sickness with the dryer. With two loads of wet towels waiting, the appliance doctor (HH) came to the rescue. His diagnosis was not flu. Sick dryer requires surgery. The Lord never gives us more than we can handle, so I meditated on that verse while I focused on the camera problem again.
I dug our old camera out of the cabinet and snapped a few pictures, trying to re-create what I did to make this pillow. Sorry folks – this will have to do.
I flattened the jacket and placed an old pillow on top – the one that will go inside this easy zip cover.
I flipped the jacket inside-out, since you need to stitch right-sides-together when you sew it. I can’t say why I took this picture with the jacket face-down. When I did the cutting, it was face-up.
To cut out the pillow, you’ll want to zip the jacket half the way up and pin the unzipped end securely at the upper edge. When you sew the pillow together, you’ll want the zipper teeth to meet and not have a gap. The picture of this step would have been very helpful!
Cut a square 1/2-inch from the outer edge of your pillow form. (Be sure to keep your zipper mechanism inside the boundaries of your pillow.)
When cutting across your zipper, carefully cut between the zipper teeth so you don’t ruin your scissors (wire-pliers assist well, too).
Stitch around the square with right sides together – after pinning the pom-pom connecting strands into the corners. You don’t have to worry about leaving an opening when you sew – you’ve got the zipper slightly open, remember? You can reach inside and unzip it fully after sewing.
To learn how to make pom-poms, you can check out my tutorial. They are really fun to make!
My weekend was full of
frustration challenges, y’all. Look what the dog did to one of the pom-poms.
Too bad it’s too cold to send the dog
flying to play in the yard, but my boiling point was…well…boiling! What was it I said earlier about God not giving us more than we can handle? (Can handle and will handle are two different things, y’all.)
God made puppies cute for a reason – to save them in times of trouble. After it gets a new pom-pom, this pillow will be placed on a bed upstairs – one too tall for puppy access.
Y’all stay warm today, OK? I’m headed to the laundry room now. The doctor needs a surgical assistant…
Rather than dreaming of snow on this extremely cold day, I’m dreaming of nice white clean towels! What’s going on with you today? I’d love to hear about some of your good, happy, non-frustrating, happy-life stuff – you know, to balance my woes. 😉
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