Saturday, December 10, 2011

Pillow Talk

I have been seeing sweater pillows on different blogs and in catalogs and wanted to make one to cozy things up a bit this winter.

As you can see, the cats have to be right in the middle of my projects, literally! This sweater was purchased at Goodwill for .99¢. It wasn't exactly what I wanted, but for that price, I was happy.

The first order of business was to cut off part of the sleeves. I saw a darling pair of skates on Carolyn's blog, Aiken House and Gardens, that gave me the idea to cozy up my $3.00 garage sale skates. (If  you've never been to Carolyn's blog you should go and visit!)

I turned the sleeves inside out, stuffed them into the skates and rolled them over. It definitely dressed them up!

I have plans for the other skate, that I'll hopefully share later!

The sweater was pretty stretchy but I had a pillow the right size that was pretty worn out. I just cut the fabric and removed the stuffing and filled this one with the same amount.

I made flowers from different parts of the sweater, so not much of it went to waste. I even made the cats a toy mouse and filled it with stuffing and cat nip.

Not bad for a .99¢ Goodwill sweater! Sure beats the $39.00 Pottery Barn pillow!

Here is another pillow project. This was a square placemat that I saw at Kohl's
I used my seam ripper and opened up a section on the bottom. I used fiberfill that I got at a garage sale for .50¢ to stuff it.
After I made the pillow I was at Kohl's with my son while he shopped and saw that they already had pillows made from this fabric. Look at the price difference!
Here is the tag on the placemat.
Both the placemats and the pillows were 50% off. I also had a 30% off coupon and actually got it free since my son had given me his $10.00 Kohl's cash. He has a very generous heart, that sweet boy of mine!

We can't have pillow talk without a picture of a sleeping kitty!

The birds are already making use of the pretty winter feeding station. That is always a sweet treat!

Just for fun, here is a shot I took while I was at the outdoor mall with my daughter.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Love both of the pillows you made! What good buys!

Anonymous said...

I especially like the skate. Very festive!

Lona said...

Hi Robin. I have been seeing those sweater pillows, wreaths and candle cozy's too. They look so pretty. I love how your pillow turned put and they do warm up the stark winter. The cuffs on the skates is such a great idea. Looks so pretty. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Jean Campbell said...

Hmm. I may have to take back the wool sweater that warms the cat's bed to make a pillow.

Great projects, all of them. The dressing up of the skate was worth the 99 cents you paid for the sweater, making everything else free.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

You are a busy little elf.Your son is a keeper for sure. That sweater pillow turned out beautifully. So did the placemat pillow. GREAT. I hope you have a fun weekend too.

Alicia said...

Love the sweater pillow. I may have an old sweater here at home that I can do that with. Thanks for the idea. And for the placemat idea. You see so many of them and some of them are gorgeous! I never thought to make pillows out of them and they are so expensive! You're a genius!

Marilyn said...

The flowers on your pillow are adorable! Better than any on a "store" bought, mass produced pillow. Thanks for sharing your talent.♥♫

Laura Bloomsbury said...

Your crafts are inspirational Robin - bringing colour and design to the indoors. Always good to see birds enjoying the decorative winter feeding station - if I had one it would be coveted entirely by pigeons and squirrels

Ruth Hiebert said...

What Greta ideas! I need to get into the crafting mode and try some of these.

Anonymous said...

Lovely work Robin, and thanks for advertising my work! I'm a Kohl's supervisor, and people sure love our deals and coupons. LOL Your sweater pillow is so beautiful.

Angie said...

I LOVE the sweater pillow and the Cardinal pillow. Wonderful ideas, Robin. These make me want to start looking for a white sweater...I have some thrifted colored ones but white or cream would be great on my couch. :)