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Make a Pillow Cover out of a Button Up Shirt!

Make a Pillow Cover out of a Button Up Shirt!

Guest DIY post submitted by
Ashley of Ashley’s Busy

I can pretty much only sew square pillows. But, hey, that’s something! I had high hopes when I bought my sewing machine years ago.  Seriously, I’ve had the machine for about 5 years, and all I sew is a square pillow. This is sad.

Make a Pillow Cover out of a Button Up Shirt!

My blueprints

I’m on a tight budget.  Who isn’t?

Due to budget constraints, I looked through the bins in our attic. The ones for the “One day we’ll have a Yard Sale” bins.  I found a nice stack of lovely mens’ shirts.  Big D’s shirts, to be exact.  It’s a good thing he has some fashion sense.

Make a Pillow Cover out of a Button Up Shirt!

I picked out one of the shirts.  Apparently my mom was temporarily insane when she picked out this shirt for D.  It went straight to the “Yard Sale” bin.  Lucky for me, and for the shirt that I rescued (who knows what kind of sweaty body it would end up on), I thought it was nice fabric.  A pillow I began.

Take the pillowcase off the pillow you want to cover.  This is one of my very favorite things I ever bought at Target.  Love the blue, love the feather insert.  Time to change the blue.  Lay said pillowcase on top of said shirt (shirt should be inside out). Now cut around leaving about a .5 inch seam allowance. Remember, you are cutting through both layers of the shirt!

Make a Pillow Cover out of a Button Up Shirt!

Make a Pillow Cover out of a Button Up Shirt!

Now sew all the way around.  One big square.  If I can do it, so can you. :)  Now turn right side out.  Unbutton, insert pillow, button back up.  You’re done.

Make a Pillow Cover out of a Button Up Shirt!

If you’re feeling extra crafty, cut leftover fabric in whatever shape you like.  Now sew it onto the pillow. This is called an “applique.”  You probably already knew that.  And if you want to be a show off, hand embroider the applique.  That’s what I did.  I can’t whistle, but I can embroider the heck out of an applique.

Make a Pillow Cover out of a Button Up Shirt!

All finished.

Make a Pillow Cover out of a Button Up Shirt!

Did you really just take a sewing lesson from me?  I told you, I can only sew a square pillow!!

Fall Nesting Tips: #19

Fall Nesting Tips: #19

Fall Nesting Tip:
Create special fall memories
& traditions in the kitchen

{This post was originally published in Fall 2008}

We are entering that season where we start thinking about filling our pantries, baking yummy things for our family and spending those cozy evenings together around the table. Family traditions involving the kitchen are probably some of the most powerful we have, since it is the room in our home where we spend so much of our time.

Kitchens are also the place where we can fully experience all of our senses, and because of that, we have the potential to create vivid and rich memories there for our families. Fortunately, with a tiny dose of creativity, we can do this simply, frugally if we so choose, and quite easily.

Simple Family Memories

Fall Nesting Tips: #19

Country Living

Fall Nesting Tips: #19

Fall Nesting Tips: #19

Williams Sonoma

Make memories through seasonal recipes and memorable baking pans. Special Fall cakes made in seasonal shapes will always be remembered. One pan can last through years of baking and cost far less than one dinner at a restaurant.

Fall Nesting Tips: #19

Country Living

Fall Nesting Tips: #19

Country Living

Use hollowed squash or mini pumpkins to serve dips or meals. Kids will think this is very fun and adults will be amazed at your Martha-ness.

Fall Nesting Tips: #19

Country Living

Keep regular weekend traditions but add a new twist in the fall, like pumpkin waffles with maple syrup on a Saturday morning.

Fall Nesting Tips: #19

Country Living

Have seasonal towels and table linens you bring out for the season. If you keep your main dishes white, punching up the color with a few accessories can give you the same visual pleasure as a whole set of seasonal dishes without the added expense or need for storage.

Fall Nesting Tips: #19

Country Living

Fall Nesting Tips: #19

Williams Sonoma

Add a seasonal flourish to your best recipes with special tools, cookie cutters or shapes you make by hand.

Fall Nesting Tips: #19

Sur la Table

Embrace traditions that are unique to the colder weather, like chocolate or cheese fondue. Repeat the tradition regularly so it becomes a vivid memory.

Fall Nesting Tips: #19

Make being in the kitchen creating the meals or baking together part of the experience of memory making. Put on some favorite music and bring your kids in to help prepare a traditional family night feast! Little things and special touches will be long remembered. Simple creativity will bring lasting memories to even the most ordinary of events.

What are your family traditions centered around the kitchen?

For more fall ideas, click here!

photo credits: Kitchens Country Living, Keith Scott Morton, Keller & Keller, Jon Wayne Kishimoto

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