Upcycled Love

>> Friday, February 10, 2012

A couple weekends ago I decided to play with some of my most recent selvages and make this heart pillow.

 Fortunately for me {not so much for my husband's wardrobe!} one of my husband's new shirts shrunk. It's 100% cotton and feels soft, maybe it's brushed cotton?

My husband's second comment on discovering the shrunken state of his new shirt was "Why don't you make something with it?" So I did.

I know you can guess his first comment!

I used the heart template from my Pockets of Love pattern and changed up the layout for a simpler, more modern look.  I did make the 'top' heart into a pocket by not sewing down the curves when I sewed the heart onto the pillow.

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I enjoyed playing with the stripe selvage. I made two, 5 inch by 10 inch rectangles with 5 different selvages. I changed the positions of the selvages on each rectangle to give me 2 sets of hearts. 

My husband is a pretty big guy. This was a XL dress shirt so I had no problem in cutting a big enough piece from the back of it for my pillow. I've even saved a few 5 inch charms cut from the rest of the shirt to play with on another weekend.

It was a pretty quick project to make and I really liked using the shirt front as the back of my pillow.

I think I see some more shrinking shirts in my future!

With Joy,
Sarah Vee


Lynette February 10, 2012 at 5:10 PM  

How totally clever!!! An recycled shirt would make the perfect back for a pillow since you wouldn't have to fuss with the opening - just unbutton it to put the pillow in!

Rachel Slote-Brown February 10, 2012 at 6:15 PM  

Very nice Sarah. You'll have to give an opinion on the Hello Kitty dress I put in my post - pass it on or cut it up? I am inspired by you to cut it up.

Jackie February 10, 2012 at 10:47 PM  

that is genius... you have sew stumbled onto something... hope you send it off to some mags!

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