"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Pillow Exchange

By the time you read this, I will be on my way to the art retreat - yeah! I just wanted to share the pillow I made for our pillow exchange during the weekend retreat. It will be like a "Chinese gift exchange" - we are supposed to bring a pillow approximately 12" x 12", either handmade or purchased. I saw a pillow awhile ago online (on Craft Stylish or Craft Gossip maybe?) which I decided to make for this.

This is the back of the pillow - can you guess what it's made of? In case you can't - it's made from a man's pinstripe shirt! Super easy as you use the front portion with the buttons as the back of the pillow - no zippers or handsewing a seam!

Here is the front. The flower is made from a torn strip of fabric from one of the sleeves, gathered and topped with a button. I also tied on four buttons from the wrist cuffs in the corners of the pillow.

Here's a closeup of the flower and one of the buttons in the corners. I hope the gals will like it. It's very simple, but oh so soft. I love the fact that I recycled a shirt!


ShellyRaeWood said...

Clever idea Susan!! I like it!! :::smiles::: Shelly

Robin said...

That is such a great idea Susan! I had a blast at AG chatting with you Friday and wish I could have been there for the entire retreat...next year for sure!

Mary Lynn said...

What a great pillow Susan. I love that it is made from a shirt, and I guess it would work from a blouse also. I know you are having a ball at the retreat, and I can't wait for you to post some photos of the great things you made there.