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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

My Day on the Stitch It and Gift It Blog Hop

Today's the day for my post for the Stitch It and Gift It blog hop.

I've been working on getting a bunch of teddy bears made from shirts that had belonged to the father-in-law of my adopted niece.  And of course there is material and pieces left over from the shirts that are used in the bears.  The shirt plackets are one of the sections that didn't work in the bear.

I wanted to make something for his widow, so I decided to make a pillow using the plackets to give to my niece (or her MIL).  First layout was with space between the plackets to see how that looked.










The second layout, and the one I ended up keeping, had the plackets right next to each other.  The plackets are pinned down as I weave them so that they don't shift.

Once all pinned, then I straight stitch along each side of the plackets to hold them in place on the finished pillow.




Final layout of the pillow with one of shirt pockets added in the upper corner added for a bit of pizzazz.


















I've also made a pincushion using the same technique using the plackets from just a single shirt.  This will end up as a gift for some quilting friend at some point.

Check out what the rest of the hoppers are making to give today.



Wednesday, November 13th


Gratitudes:

1. For being able to bless others with what God has given to me.

2. For the food that I have to eat.

35 comments:

Susan said...

I do love the pillow, and the pincushion is just so cute, too! You know how to use every single bit of anything! Thanks for sharing.

Susie Q said...

I always think that this is such a wonderful idea when someone has passed and I am sure the lady will love having something like this to remember her dear husband. Hugs, Susie xx

Cynthia said...

A clever idea to use the left over fabric.

Sharon Aurora said...

What a thoughtful gift. I am sure it will be so appreciated.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Thanks for sharing that fun technique. Your pillow is wonderful!

Dorian said...

Thats a great way to use those plackets! I really like that design. Great job!

Carla said...

What a beautiful way to share your talents. I would love to see your bears too. Thank you for joining the blog hop and sharing this story.

Karrin Hurd said...

Great ideas Moira, you are always so creative! Thanks for the inspiration!

Melva said...

I love the pillow with the plackets. Great idea! I will file that one in my memory for future projects. :)
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Carol S. said...

I love the pillow and that pincushion is just the cutest! Either one would be a treasured gift. Thanks for sharing!

Needled Mom said...

That’s such a clever idea. You’ve made me feel guilty about throwing those bits out! ;-)

Danice G said...

Adorable pillow. I would have never gotten the rows straight. Very unique too.

Farm Quilter said...

The widow will definitely love the pillow...it will be just like resting her head on her hubby's chest!! What a clever idea!!! And the pin cushion...wow it is amazing and your quilting buddy will love it!!

Denise :) said...

That's a fabulous idea for the pillow and the pin cushion. Very clever and meaningful, too! Thank you for sharing!! :)

KaHolly said...

Excellent gift idea! Thanks for sharing!

The Joyful Quilter said...

I quickly scrolled through your post. The outcome? My jaw hit the floor upon seeing the project reveal. Seriously A-Mazing!!!

Scrapatches said...

Wonderful use of the shirt strips and pocket to make a pillow. Thanks for sharing in the hop ... :) Pat

Charlene McCain said...

What a thoughtful gift. I am sure she will apreciate it.

Stephanie @Quilt'n Party said...

OHMYGOSH! That pillow is so cute.

wendy said...

Love it! Wish I had seen this idea earlier. I saved all my dads shirts after he passed. I cut them into pieces that could be used for quilts but, tossed out the plackets and cuffs thinking there wasn't a use for them. Thanks for sharing!

e said...

Love, love, love you clever girl!!!!

LJ said...

Love how you've incorporated the leftovers of the shirts. Really, I liked both of the two layouts of the plackets. I can see the first layout used just as a table topper. And...the pincushion is perfect - I have a thing about pincushions!!

Carol Andrews said...

Pillows and pincushions....what a sweet idea for memory pieces to make/quilt. Thank you for sharing these gift ideas.

Sue D said...

Very creative way to use the shirt plackets. These will make great gifts.

Nancy said...

The pillow is so creative. Thanks for showing what you made.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Love how you used the placket of the shirt! Awesome idea.

Robin said...

Great idea especially for an adopted child from her adopted grandfather, if I kept the story straight. She will treasure this. I love the weaving technique and the fact that you used all parts of the shirt. I deconstruct my husband's shits if they are majority cotton. I wonder what to do with cuffs, collars And those thick seams. I want to use ALL of it. You have helped me today. Thanks!

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

What a wonderful idea to use plackets from shirts! I loved the weaving and the pocket on the pillow. I'm sure your recipient will love it. The little pin cushion is cute too. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas! It is a blessing, indeed, to share our gift with others.

Susan said...

Love your pillow! Very creative!

Brandy said...

I love this idea! The woven aspect is really neat and that pillow turned out great. Thank you for sharing!

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

What a beautiful idea! These will provide so much comfort, and they are beautiful too! Thanks for sharing.

Sharon said...

What a wonderful keepsake! Thank you for sharing.

tink's mom said...

This is a wonderful idea. You found a beautiful way to keep a memory. Love the use of the pocket.

Leah said...

This is really cool. I like the weaving technique.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Oh I love it! What a special gift! xx