Friday, January 29

Love Note Pillows

I've been saving old jeans for a while now. Not really sure what I planned to do with them, but that didn't seem to stop me from obsessively tucking them into my fabric stash. Happy to have found a use for one pair, the pockets anyway. What to do with the rest?

I think the girls will really dig these - a secret little pocket for love notes. Come on! Who wouldn't want one?! Maybe I'll make a family set, so we can all send sweet thoughts to each other. Ha! Now to come up with a special Valentine to tuck into the pockets. Not loving the wide eyelet I used on the "love" pillow. I prefer the red trim. I am, however, proud of myself for using what I had on hand.

I didn't prepare a proper tutorial for you all. I made these in such a frantic rush of excitement. (Ya know how it is when you have an idea and you just can't wait to see how it turns out). Here are a few tips though. I wouldn't leave you hanging . . . On the back I used this 70s fabric I found on ebay awhile a go. Perfect, no?

Love Note Pillow

:: write your text on the pocket with washable marker or pencil. If you use washable marker, blot the ink with a sponge when you're finished to removed the any unwanted ink.

:: don't separate your embroidery thread, use it as is. If the thread is too fine it won't show up well on the denim.

:: Cut around the pocket, leaving a 1/4 - 1/2 inch border.

:: Place it on your fabric and pin heavily or fuse it with steam-a-seam. You don't want the pocket to be crooked on the pillow.

:: sew the pocket to the fabric with a straight stitch or zig-zag. Personally, I like the clean look of a straight stitch.

:: these pillows are 12X12. I found the forms at IKEA - they are called "Irma."

:: I didn't sew in a zipper or leave a slit in the back. Just left an opening large enough to stuff the form in and hand sewed the hole. I just can't be bothered with practicality when I'm excited to see the final result.

If you make one for your Valentine please let me know!

15 comments:

Lisa said...

Oh, those are sooooo adorable!! Not sure my sewing skills are quite ready for that yet but I may have to attempt it!

Leslie said...

these are sooo cute!!! great idea

Tara said...

Sweet! Now I'm in crafty-mode again. Love you!

christie said...

love 'em....mom

Sewing-Chick said...

I don't know why you don't like the white eyelet fabric- that pillow is fabulous!

What to make from leftover adult jeans? Kids jeans!

likeschocolate said...

Adorable, now if I only had girls to make them for!

Jessica said...

That is a wonderful idea!!!

YoAli! said...

I want one of these...they are so stinking cute. Your embroidery skills are good - the lettering looks awesome.

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

Way too cute! Reminds me I need to make some sort of tooth fairy pillow. Noah has his first loose tooth!

Sherri said...

I adore these!
Do you want to make a family set for me?
I am doing 14 days of love....and encouraging others to do it too!
Can I use a picture of your pillows and post it on my blog....linked to yours?

Sadie said...

These are so stinking cute!! Definitely the cutest pillows I have seen around. Love them

katy said...

Thanks for pillow love!

Lisa, you are totally ready for a pillow. I think those crayon/pad holders you made are harder than a pillow.

Sewing Chick - I do like eyelet, just wish it was thinner. I bought this eyelet to use on the bottom of some skirts for the girls (which I never made)

Dim Sum - a tooth fairy pillow is on my radar too. Eva doesn't have a loose one yet but I know it's only a matter of time.

Sherri - yes, it is fine. i'd be honored if you linked to me. thanks!

Potters said...

Love these! You have just about inspired me to learn to sew! I want to mak cute stuff, too!!

Queen Mom said...

Oh, my, these are pillows after my own heart! I love leaving notes for my children, and this is such a creative way to do it. Guess I'll have to learn to sew or find someone who will make these for me.:)

Road Trippers said...

You constantly amaze me.

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