I showed this little pillow that I made to my mom on video chat
and she thought I'd gone off and gained time to knit a pillow with seven different colors in it.
No, truth is, this pillow used to be a sweater. And yes, it was a pretty little sweater.
I debated for a week or two trying to decide if I really wanted to be a clothes murderer.
But then if I didn't go ahead and make the jump, I'd never be a pillow creator.
This is what she used to look like.
Yes, adorable. It was a hand-me-down. But to tell you the truth, my daughter was given quite a few hand-me-down sweaters this year. And this one was a little... boxy. Can you tell I'm trying to justify myself here? But that wasn't what really made me feel like it was okay to chop her all up, she didn't even have a stain.
It was the little pieces of yarn all broken and fraying on the shoulders. This seemed to vindicate things in my head.
Here's what I did:
I cut out a square right from the bodice of the piece. I made sure to be cutting out of the front and back so that I had two squares.
This middle step there isn't a drawing for, but I basically cut two muslin squares the same size. I then sewed the two squares of sweater together wrong sides facing out, with the muslin sandwiching them. I made sure to not sew it completely shut, but to leave a hole so that I could turn it right side out (is that how you say it?) This makes a nice pillow like the sketch below, with muslin lining the insides.
I then filled it with stuffing and sewed up the gap with another piece of yarn.
I made a tiny one too with the one of the sleeves.
I think it would be nice to be decorate a whole child's room around these colors. They're beautiful. And to be honest, I think this thing is going to get a lot more use with it's second life than it did the first.