These pillows were so easy, I feel like I sort of cheated.
The Royal Basmati Rice burlap bag came from Sam’s Club, filled with 20 pounds of rice. You can get one, too, if you want to make a pillow with it. (I hope you like rice!) It has a zipper at one end, so I made a Home Made Pillow Form and slid it into the rice bag.
My little blue pillow is made out of a shirt. HH recently had a dress shirt that needed retiring (happening a lot lately, it seems).
I stuck it in my craft cave for future button removal. For many years, every dress shirt went to the cleaners every week, returning to the closet starched and pressed but with broken buttons. Those tiny buttons became very valued little circles at our house, so I kept the buttons from every thrown away shirt. Old habits stick.
In The Land of Making Do, it’s good-bye suits-to-work-every-day, hello jeans-with-short-commute-from-coffee-pot-to-computer!
Today, in my quest for creating, I decided to whip this shirt into an easy pillow. Just think – buttons and an opening. No need for hand-sewing a closure. Love that! Found an old pillow I’d been saving for just the right need.
I made it for the nursery, when we had one. It was in the baby’s room rocker for back support. No longer need that, but I couldn’t bring myself to throw it away.
I measured the pillow and cut out a 15″ x 15″ square from the back of the dress shirt. Then I positioned it over the front section I wanted to use and cut around it.
With right sides together, I surged around all four sides,
unbuttoned it, flipped it right-side-out,
and inserted the pillow.
Fifteen minutes, max. So easy, y’all!
I love this pillow – such smooth fabric – just like HH’s shirt. Don’t you love the sleek feel of a man’s pinpoint cotton dress shirt?
Re-purposing things gives them extended life.