2.01.2010

C* starts smacking

My son, C* has a well loved, but pretty gross, t-shirt. I told him he could no longer wear it to school, as the arms are sort of short and very grundgey white.  Since we have this interfamily challenge going on, I suggested that he make it into a tshirt pillow.  He readily accepted the challenge.

First, start off with an old, but very well loved, t-shirt.

Carefully, cut around to make a square, with the design in the middle.

Cut through both the front the the back layers of the shirt.  Pinning first helps keep them together.


Then unpin, flip...right sides together...pin.  Sew around the square.  Be sure to pivot at the corners and leave a space to stuff your pillow.

Carefully, clip corners.

Turn your pillow rightside out.  Use the eraser end of a pencil to push out the corners.

Stuff carefully.  Fluff as you go.  Little brothers can be helpful!  Then, hand sew the opening closed with a slip stitch, which he did himself.

Success!  A finished Dragon Pillow!

C* says:  "I love it!!  If you put just the right amount of stuffing in, when you throw it up in the air, it won't come down too soft or too hard. Perfect for a pillow fight!"
When asked if he is up for the next Smackdown Project, he response was, "Yes!!

26 comments:

Michele said...

Dear C*,
Your pillow is awesome! What a great dragon pattern on there. You must be getting pretty good at sewing to make that!
From,
Michele

Dear Mc*,
I love your Midnight Mask! It would also be great for pin the tail on the donkey or a pinata! You are so talented and clever,
Love,
Michele

Dear Dawn,
You are not only have the most creative ideas, you are also a wonderful mother to involve your children in the smackdown and foster their talents while you teach them skills that will last a lifetime!
Love,
Michele

Deb said...

Great pillow! This is a really fun way to extend the life of your favorite tees/images! DS did a great job! LOVE his comment about how perfect it is for pillow fighting! hehehe!

laurlynn said...

Great job! What a great idea for my boys to do with their sports jerseys that no longer fit them!! Thanks for the inspiration..

Tina said...

That is one awesome pillow! Great use of an old t-shirt!

Christi Snow said...

VERY cool!! I think that it makes a way better pillow than tee...I love it! smiles...

Donna said...

What an awesome project, C, and you did a wonderful job! That t-shirt is way to cool to toss in the trash.

gremhog susan.hatch@gmail.com said...

i have one tshirt that I just cannot get rid of....maybe i oughta make a pillow too....how much stuffin' did you use. Maybe E can come help me stuff...or i'll send you the shirt and have you make me a pillow.

and what will you make for the next 2 challenges? start thinking

My lifes inky escape and more said...

Way to go! Awesome pillow and what a great job!

Renee

Kim said...

Your pillow is way cool! Great job on the pillow and I can't believe you hand sewed the opening closed. That is pretty good:)

Lisa M. (aka. Lisabee) said...

This pillow is awesome! Great idea to keep those super fab dragons!!! Great job!

Jennifer said...

This pillow is awesome, Dawn's DS! I love the fact that you used a loved T-shirt for the pillow. Cool design on the shirt too. You did a perfect job with the sewing. Great job!!

Ceal said...

Great job and what a way to recycle the things you love so much!

Stampin_melissa said...

Wow, what a fab idea! I'm so impressed with C*'s abilities! I'm not sure I could make this pillow!:)

Jenn said...

Awesome pillow! Great job!

Kim P said...

What a great project! The dragons are perfect...my hubby would love this! It looks comfy too!~ Maybe I should take some of his old shirts...hmmm, wait. I don't sew!

Leah said...

Great job! Love the pattern, it's perfect for a pillow!

Danni said...

What a great idea!! My kids have shirts they love but have outgrown, what a fun project for them!! Awesome job!

KOstvig said...

Fun Pillow love it.

Lisa Kind said...

This is a fantastic idea for a special piece of clothing! Love how you created that, but I wouldn't use it for a pillow fight after you did all that hard work! Great job on the challenge!

Dawn said...

no wonder he loved that shirt... it was awesome... what a wonderful way to reuse htis shirt and i LOVE LOVE LOVE that you included your son in the sewing project!!! Wonderful ... and yet another gorgeous child!!!

Michelle VP said...

Perfect shirt to turn into a pillow. Well done! :)

Tami said...

That dragon pillow is amazing- I'm 35 and can't sew a stitch!

and the mask- is too cool :) great job!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Fabulous pillow. And it's great that you sewed it yourself. Keep up the good work.

Tangii Crain said...

This is REALLY a brilliant idea! My kids love pillows & blankets when they watch TV, etc. Great job!!

Patty (LaLatty) said...

Love the mask your turned out. I'm sure it will be just perfect for your beauty sleep. I can see that you are a great sewer just like Mom!

Patty (LaLatty) said...

What a great idea to recycle your tee shirt into a pillow, very creative. You've made an awesome new pillow for yourself!