diy t-shirt pillow

Happy hump-day, friends! Hope your week is going wonderfully!

Back in August I promised to share a new craft project that I did to “upcycle” two t-shirts that no longer fit … sorry for the delay, but I bring it to you now! This might be a neat Christmas gift to get a head start on. It’s simple and straightforward — even if you don’t have much sewing expertise, I guarantee you can do this project!

diy tshirt

I made this t-shirt pillow for my brother {that’s one of his running icons, Steve Prefontaine, pictured on the front.} I made another pillow for myself out of an old, too-small t-shirt with a book-cover of Catcher in the Rye on the front. Both turned out great!

Here’s what you need:
– a t-shirt
– a needle and thread
– scissors
– stuffing*

* I went out and bought a bag of pillow stuffing from a craft store. But I also had some old, torn socks I wanted to upcycle. So I used scissors to cut up the socks into tiny pieces and mixed them in with the store-bought stuffing. It worked out very well and made the stuffing go further!

Directions:

1. Turn the t-shirt inside-out and mark with a pencil the dimensions you’d like your pillow to be. Use a ruler to draw the lines straight and even.

2. Pin the fabric just inside the lines so it will stay together as you sew.

tshirt inside out

3. Cut the extra material off the shirt {i.e. necklines, sleeves, etc.}

4. Sew three sides of the pillow, leaving the top open.

5. Turn the pillow inside-out and fill with your desired amount of stuffing.

6. Carefully sew the top of the pillow closed.

tshirt pillow

TA-DA! Now you have a fun, attention-grabbing, conversation-starting new pillow to display or to give as a gift.

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diy no-sew baby blanket

Hi, friends! Hope your week has been splendid!

Last month I posted one of my goals was making a homemade baby blanket as a gift for my friend who is expecting her first bundle of joy later this summer. I was pleased how it turned out so I thought I would share it with you! It only took me about an hour or so one evening to complete it. You could obviously use this same technique to make a larger blanket, too!

Here’s the supplies you’ll need:

  • two identical squares of fleece {mine measured about 25 inches square}
  • scissors

And that’s it! Crazy, right?

baby blanket

Here’s how I made mine:

1. Lay out the pieces of fabric one on top of the other. Pin them together if desired. A large table is a good work surface for this project — or, in my case, the floor works too!

blanket fabric

2. Cut a small square in each corner, a couple inches wide. I found a post-it note is a good measurement guide!

measuring corners

3. Use the scissors to create a “fringe” on each side of the blanket, one side at a time. Try to only cut in as far as the square that you cut from the corner. But don’t worry — you don’t need to be exact. I just eyeballed it.

cut ties

4. Tie each of the pieces of fringe together in a double-knot. Make your way all around the blanket. If the fabric becomes bunched up from the knots, you can gently tug it flat.

blanket

5. {Optional} Sew a label in the corner to let the recipient know it was handmade with love by you! Aren’t these labels cute? My sweet dad gave them to me as a birthday gift. {I realize that sewing on a label technically voids the “no-sew” promise of this project, but feel free to eliminate this step if you REALLY do not want to sew!} 🙂

label sewn

Ta da! All done! A lovely, warm, soft, adorable baby blanket, made especially by you!

blanket finished

Have any of you made a no-sew tie blanket before? Any tips or suggestions? Anything I missed? This was my first one, so I’m still learning!

Have a great day, everyone —

Till soon,
Dallas

valentine’s week: an adorable owl craft project

valentines week

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! I’ve got a little craft project to share with you today as part of Valentine’s Week. I was  browsing Target the other day and this adorable little owl sewing kit caught my eye:

owl sewing kit

I scooped it up, put it together last night, and I am so pleased with the result! Look at this cute little guy:

valentine's owl

The kit I bought had all the pieces pre-cut and the sewing holes pre-punched, so all I had to do was assemble it. But I was thinking that it would be quite easy to make from scratch {and I might do so in the future to make more of these cuties!} You could even make it simpler by making a heart shape, for example, instead of an owl.

Here’s the materials that you will need:
– red and white felt
– a needle and pink/red thread
– red & black markers for drawing on the owl’s eyes and beak
– fabric scraps or stuffing

1. On a piece of red felt, draw the shape of an owl and cut it out. Trace the shape onto another piece of red felt and cut that out two. You should have two identical owl shapes made out of red felt.

2. Cut a heart shape out of the white felt to be the owl’s “face.”

3. Sew the white heart onto one of the red felt shapes.

4. Draw two black eyes and a red triangle beak onto the white felt.

5. Sew the two red owl shapes together, leaving a hole at the top.

6. Fill the owl shape with fabric scraps or pillow stuffing.

7. Sew the top of the owl closed.

Ta da! You have a cute stuffed owl to give as a Valentine’s gift!

Hope your weekend is filled with rest, laughter and love!

Till tomorrow,
Dallas