Friday, March 4, 2011

Owl Pillow

Most of my kids' outgrown clothes are happily handed down to neighbors and friends, but one particular owl shirt was simply too beloved to give away. Abby couldn't be convinced to part with it, for owls are her latest "thing". Abby's overly dramatic pleas were so humorous that I relented and told her I would try to turn the shirt into a throw pillow for her bed.
For months the shirt sat in my "to do" pile; out of sight, but not quite out of mind. This week I finally picked up some fabric and began the transformation attempt.

I have a short attention span for sewing and crafting projects. They must be quick and easy--immediate gratification a must.
I started out just fine then frustration slowly crept in as I realized my math skills had failed me. In figuring out cutting dimensions I completely forgot to take the owl panel into account. The result did not  fit the 14" pillow form I had, and I just wanted to get it done. . . today!

Forget about the nifty removable cover I had planned. This pillow would simply be stuffed with poly-fil left over from my last pillow project.  Abby wouldn't care, and at that point I certainly didn't care either.
In the end Abby was very happy. She paid me the best compliment by saying, "It doesn't even look like you made it, mom."

19 comments:

Jennilyn said...

Love it! T-shirts make great hats, scarves, gift bags. The pillow is a super way to keep it around. (I was all impressed with the "WISE" and thought you had done it!)

Dixie Mom said...

What a great idea! Love how it turned out and what a great memory for her to keep.

Suzanne said...

The perfect ending for a beloved shirt! ;o) So cute!

Happily Ever After Again said...

haha! too funny.
it came out so cute. i really need to learn how to sew. it's on my "some day" list!

Shannon said...

Cute! I think you did a great job!

Lisa said...

I love how she said "It doesn't even look like you made it". What a cute idea.

Lacy said...

What a great idea! :) it turned out so cute.

Lesa said...

I would have never thought of doing that. What a great idea! What a fun thing for your daughter to have! Good job.

Mom to Many said...

What a great idea!
What a great way to use something beloved. I have struggled to pry some of my daughters clothes away from her. Wheels turning.

I am not into patch work at this time in my life, but my Mom used to make quilts with the scraps from my clothes. When that quilt comes out at her house I have sat and reminisced about the scraps. But, I am silly and sentimental.

This is a great idea. Something doable for my life right now.

Cheryl

Garden of Egan said...

What a great idea! I'm with you on the "needs to get done and be easy today"
I don't want to have things drag out at all.

She looks happy with it and it was a total compliment....looks like you didn't make it....too funny.

AllisonK said...

What a fun idea. I have a few of Loafie's baby shirts that would be fun to do something with.

Marianne said...

What a great idea!! I will TOTALLY be able to use this. Wade and Isaac thank you, I know!

Mrs.Spy said...

CUTE!!!
I went with your idea for my owlie picture, BTW. You rock!

Valerie said...

That is soooo cute! And it reminds me of a conversation my kids had yesterday. Elisa is intelligent, but a bit ditzy sometimes.(Can't imagine where she gets that from!) :) My youngest daughter said that Elisa reminds her of an owl. Alex rudely said, "That's ironic considering what an owl stands for." I figured Elisa wouldn't understand it as a rude comment so I thought it would stop there. Then she said, "What do owls stand for?" Alex said, "wisdom". She said, "Rude! I can be wizful." hahaha She is so cute.

You are so talented!

Kendra said...

How cute! The project ending up turning out great! :)

Have a great weekend!

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

How adorable. And the pillow is pretty cute too! I love the comment she made.

Warmly, Michelle

Ginger said...

I love that! You are such a great mom!

Tammy said...

Such a wonderful idea to do with an old shirt ! And it looks pretty easy to do, thinking this may be my next project !!!

Mom to Many said...

Hey Julie,

Remember we talked about Christine's Blog at the breakfast? I commented about your post over there.

http://www.christinefife.com/design-with-christine/2011/5/12/i-found-the-owl-pillow.html

:o) Cheryl