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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Memory Pillows

These pillows are made out of blouses. I was asked to create 3 pillows out of my Aunt's blouses by my cousin for her and her daughters, in memory of her Mom. I really liked how they turned out. I forgot to take a picture of the blouses but they were a casual cotton style.

This first one had an embroidered front and I cut them out in a square, I tried to make it as big as I could then cut out 2 more squares out plain blouse fabric and arranged them like quilt squares. I used the back of the blouse as the pillow back. I created yoyo's from the scraps from the 3 blouses and added them to the pillows along with the buttons.

This blouse was just a button down plain floral, I used the front of the blouse as the back of the pillow using the button down front as a way to insert the pillow form. I also repositioned the pocket on the back of the pillow to hold a memento or two. ( Forgot to take a photo)

I added a doily to the front along with more yoyos.

The third one also had an embroidered front, but wasn't square so I keep added strips of blouse fabric in a quilt like pattern so it was square.

Also added yoyos and buttons.

It was a fun project.


  1. What wonderful treasures you have created for your cousins! They are absolutely gorgeous!!!

  2. They turned out so prettily. What a great way to remember, too.


  3. Love the sink herb garden...have the sink...need a base. May I bloglift your idea when I find one? The pillows are super! I have several items of clothing that were my Mom's that I can't seem to part with...she was a quilter as well, so that may be just the answer. Hmmm...now if I can just find my sewing machine! *e*

  4. Sure Elaine, bloglift away!! Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  5. This is a really wonderful idea! I recently swiped some of my Mom's old blouses that I remember from when I was little, that she STILL had. One of these days I'll surprise her with a pillow!


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