Yesterday I showed you how if got my living room ready for Fall. I also showed you my favorite homemade Fall pillows that have been going strong for the third year now. But truth be told. I wanted something new too.
New pillows. So I stopped the procrastination and got on with it.
You see I had this stack of sweaters lying around in my craft room for at least a year.
I knew that I wanted to turn them into new pillows. I just hadn’t done it yet.
For a year…….
Three out of four were bought thrifting. Two out of four were even bought with the intention of turning them into pillows. Good intentions that stayed good intentions for over a year.
This rather ‘post-modern’ vest I bought with the idea that it would look good and quirky on me. When I got home I realized that even my homemade dress form Marie-Louise couldn’t pull it off. So it was put on the pile of “to be repurposed”.
And that is where it stayed for a whole 12 months.
Yesterday I felt the wind of 31 Days of Getting Things Done! behind me, so I set out to start sewing.
I took a deep breath, reminded myself that I was just cutting up some old sweaters someone else threw away, and got on with it….
I took the pillow inserts into the dressing room and gave their new outfit a trial run.
Almost perfect fit. Just add a zipper in the side seam and sew things up.
Nice. Not perfect. But nice….
For the white pillow I lined the back with some fabric because the knit was so loose that it would have stretched all over the place. Then I attached that back to a front piece, sewed in a zipper and hand stitched that quirky wool fabric to the front.
It was a bit of a challenge this one. It was also the most fun to make. Isn’t that always the truth.
It turned out like a fun pillow. Nothing spectacular, just fun.
I think these two have become friends….
To be honest I didn’t even bother with a zipper on that big brown one. I just stitched it closed by hand. The fabric is so dark and forgiving that I could get away with real big stitches anyway.
Would I win a sewing contest with these? Definitely not.
Is this the most original project out there? Nope
But I am happy with finishing this project and I do like how the colors on my ‘new’ pillow are not the same, but kind of echo the colors on my old pillows.
Are these pillows perfect? No.
Do I care about that? NO!
Does it feel good to have finished this? YES!
While working on this project I realized it was my strive for perfection that had stopped me all this time.
The feeling I had to come up with something truly great and blogworthy kept me from simply turning these sweaters into the pillows they were destined to become.
I had let my wish to be original stop me from simply doing something creative.
It wasn’t until I let go of all those hyped up expectations that it actually felt good to sit behind my sewing machine and simply create something for my home.
Just because it is fun to do!
Of course now I have a bunch of sweater scraps that are begging to be repurposed……
So I made a Pinterest board with DIY sweater projects. I thought I’d share the inspiration….
I am writing a series of 31 days to Get it Done! You can find all the posts in this series here.
On the first day I explained in detail what this series is about and what I am going to do, find that post and all the post since then in order here.