Friday, January 8, 2010

Craft Project: Easy Decorative Pillows

Someone insisted on being in this picture.

See that little shirt on the pillow, that's a Barbie shirt. But it's not just any shirt, it's one that my mother played with, one that I played with, and the same one that my daughter played with. It represents three generations of women and three generations of Barbie dolls. I'm not sure how much longer the clothing and the dolls will hold up so I decided to preserve the memories with this decorative pillow. You could really take this concept and do just about anything with it. Perhaps create a pillow out of a vintage bonnet for a baby nursery. Endless possibilities.

Barbie doll my mother owned. Now my daughter plays with it.


Supplies:
One pillow case - I made mine out of linen. You could also buy one, it's up to you.
Thread
Sewing needle
Barbie shirt - or whatever you choose to use

Pin item to the center of pillowcase. Using a running stitch, sew the item to the top of the pillowcase. If sewing a shirt, only sew through the bottom layer of the shirt so no stitches show (refer to picture). Place pillow case on pillow and admire your work.


11 comments:

Silver Sisters said...

Great idea, I love it!

Kaye Prince said...

So very cute! I too have all of my Mum's Barbie dolls and clothes from then she was little. I dunno if I could bring myself to turn them into something decorative, but they sure are pretty to look at and fun to play with sometimes!

Emma! said...

Wow! I have this cute doll shirt I love and just keep it in my jewelry box because I dont know what to do with it - this would be perfect!

Ayie said...

a hand me down, 3 generations! wow! this is better than just keeping it somewhere or not using it at all, very simple but pretty when used as decoration.

happy weekend

Anonymous said...

What a nice idea! Super for kids.

Annegret

sooz said...

Oh thats so sweet, what a lovely idea!

casserole said...

WOW! This is so cool!! The pillow is such a cute way to showcase your vintage doll clothes.

I blogged about your project on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-easy-throw-pillow-with-vintage-doll-clothes/2010/01/09/

--Anne

kawaii crafter said...

Kaye Prince,

I only used the one shirt, for the pillow, we've got about 3 Barbie cases filled with clothes and Barbies so that's why I was able to give up one shirt for the project.

Casserole,

Thank you post about the pillow on Craft Gossip. I stopped by and left a comment.

Silver Sisters,Emma, Ayie,& Sooz,

Thank you for all your kind words :)

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oh that IS cute! I love all the possibilities for this, the bonnet idea is darling. Very cool project. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

Fuji Mama said...

Such a fun idea! And such a cool way to preserve some unique family history!

warm said...

A wonderful idea and method of preserving the memoir.The barbie dresses played over the generations worth a preservation indeed.

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