03 December 2020

Pillow Talk

One of my friends lost her father earlier this year. Actually, a lot of my friends have lost a parent this year. This has been a hard year all the way around. That's one of the reasons it's so important to be kind, to spread smiles, to make the world a better place.

My friend asked how much I would charge to make pillow coverings from some of her dad's old shirts for pillows she would supply. She wants to give the pillows to her daughters for Christmas.

I did not know going into this project the shirts were T-shirts, but I told her I would do it as a Christmas present to her.

Not only did she leave on my doorstep some of the coolest pillow forms I've ever seen, but she also left a box of chocolates!!! I kind of like being paid in chocolate!

These pillow forms are pretty darned thin in their original wraps. Once you open them, they inflate!

I have no T-shirt stabilizer, and as slow as mail is going these days, I didn't want to order any. I also worried I might not have enough fabric to match the shirts once I saw how big the pillow forms inflated (22x22). I never got to meet my friend's dad, so I didn't know he was a big boy. I have plenty of T-shirt fabric to cover the fronts and backs of each pillow!

I cut a pattern from an old flannel sheet by tracing around one of the inflated pillows with a Sharpie then adding seam allowance and girth on all four sides. I had planned to make big hems on both back pieces of each of the pillow coverings for overlapping openings. As I was cutting the back from the first T-shirt, I realized I could use the shirt's hem for one back side, and then I'd need to put a hem in only one back piece instead of two.

Once I got the pattern figured out, the pillows went pretty quickly. I'm very happy to be done and ready to start working on a WIP quilt now! I hadn't touched my sewing machine in weeks, and oh, am I ready to roll now!

Linking up with Alycia Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


  1. This is a lovely idea! My friend made a quilt of her husband's shirts two years ago. I stayed at her house while she was cutting and sewing. We talked a lot and shared memories.

    I am grateful that my parents are still alive and relatively healthy. A lot of my friends in their fifties and sixties have lost their partents already.

    Take care!

  2. So sorry for your friend's loss. You were SEW sweet to make the pillows as a gift to her. They turned out great!

  3. those are so amazing - they will be cherished by your friends family. how sweet of you to do this for her!

  4. They turned out great! What a sweet memory for the recipients.


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