Trash to Treasure Tuesday—Pillow Talk


I sewed something.

Seriously. I didn’t even have to use my new seam ripper.

It all started at the Goodwill store. All good stories do, don’t they? I found this pretty red wool sweater.

pillow 004It is a medium and I’m NOT a medium, so I thought PILLOW.

Yep, P.I.L.L.O.W.

You see, I have been dreaming lately about felted wool, and since I’m a graduate of “You Can Never Have Too Many Pillows University”, I wanted to felt wool AND make pillows.

So I washed the sweater and threw it in the dryer. “Cuz I recently learned that that’s how you felt wool. It made me feel all nervous inside, ‘cuz I usually follow those “dry clean only” instructions.

I already had this pillow filler thingy.

Next, I went to JoAnn’s and bought some fake linen fabric. I found it in the “red tag section.” You know, that fabric not cool enough to be in the front of the store.

I got out my new sewing machine, and looked up a pillow cover tutorial that I’d seen on All Things Thrifty.

I sewed my FIRST hem. (if you shake your head real fast while you’re looking it won’t look crooked)

The tutorial is for an envelope style pillow cover (perfect for those of us who aren’t ready for zippers), so the finished cover looked like this from the back.

I found some clip art flower shapes, enlarged them and cut them out to use for patterns.

I pinned the paper flower patterns on the sweater and cut out the felted wool daisies. Embroidery floss and a button secured them to the pillow cover quite nicely.

I am so stinkin’ PROUD of myself, I can’t stand it.

THIS. WAS. FUN. I can’t wait to sew more.

I might make another tomorrow.

I’m so excited for our FIRST TRASH TO TREASURE TUESDAY PARTY of 2010!

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This post is linked to  Thrify Decor Chick’s Before and After Party, Get Your Craft On at Today’s Creative Blog, and It’s So Very Creative at It’s So Very Cheri.


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Also linked to Show and Tell Day at Blue Cricket Designs. Enter the Vintage Pearl Giveaway while you’re there! And Transformation Thursday at the Shabby Chic Cottage!  And Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple.  And Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous.  Whew!

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