Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Woolen shirts turned pillows....

I did this little project on a whim. I had seen some homey-looking plaid pillows in the latest Country Home magazine (Nov. 2007 issue) and I thought how perfect they'd be for fall and winter. I remembered that I had saved some of Hubs' plaid shirts and so I decided to cut them up. As I was cutting off the collars and sleeves and laying out the shirts, I had a brilliant idea to leave the shirt front all buttoned up and use the snap-placket as my closure for the pillow. This way I could remove the pillow and wash the shirt-covering when needed. I used a soft fleece for the backside of my pillows just in case the woolen side was too itchy for the dear head which laid upon it. Here are the results!



12 comments:

  1. My clever, clever friend! These are just wonderful. You know how silly I am about upcycling old clothes into my sewing projects and now I'm going to have to add this idea to my list of "must do's". Great job!

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  2. The pillows are great, what a wonderful way to re-purpose your husband's worn out winter shirts! I love the way you used the shirt closures, too!

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  3. Very cool !!!!! Love it. Clarice

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  4. Great idea! They look nice on your leather couch, too. Very homey.

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  5. They look great..love how you left the front buttons on the cushions..

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  6. I love this idea of yours and think the pillows look wonderful. Now I'm thinking about raiding my husband's closet for likely suspects for pillows.

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  7. Thanks everybody! I have to tell you that my eldest son (23) came in and said, "These look like Al Borlin's pillows." Do you remember Al from "Tooltime?" He always, always wore plaid. Well, I guess they could be Al's pillows. I thought it might be fun to snap one color onto the other, but the snaps did not match. I'll bet a button down shirt would work.


    Jody

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  8. This is a great idea!

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  9. Al Borlin pillows! That's great!! I like the way they turned out Jody, and especially with the buttons.

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  10. I think using the fabrics we have is so wonderful. It will one day be a bit of a necessity around here our fabric stores are closing down and only high end shops will sell fabrics some. All the wal-marts are not going to sell anymore except one.

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  11. The pillows are really great! Perfect idea!!! You were so smart to use the button placket!

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  12. What a great idea. I'm off to find a couple of old shirts now. Come to think of it, I don't think my DH wore ANY of his flannelette shirts this Winter.

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