Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Valentine T-shirt Pillow



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My Valentine bedroom is almost on fire. I usually save the red sheets for Christmas, but this year I went with lavender bedding for the winter holidays. So there they were, my red cotton sheets, perfect for a more passionate display. The pillow assortment was a little sad, so I said good bye to an old T-shirt and made the cutest throw pillow. In order to ease the red impact on the eye, I went for the complementary color - green. I just moved around the potted coconut and installed a green Russian doll from my generous collection.





This old T-shirt had got everything and more: a red background (just the rich, not too bright shade of red that I love the most), tiny white hearts all over the place, a high-heeled purple flamingo (and oh I love flamingos indeed, if you read one of my previous posts) and a daisy heart. Plus the "love" inscription - too much, but I'll live with that! The red and purple combo is number one on my list right now and I'm already planning a little decoration with these colors.




People compliment me on my love for color, so maybe this time you've got a question: Is red good for the bedroom? Color theory teaches us that red is too energizing for the rooms where we rest and sleep and that we should use red in the living areas and more soothing colors for the bedroom, like blue. If you want my advice, just go with the flow. See what happens. I had a red wall in my room for a year and I slept fine, probably because I couldn't see the color while I was asleep ;))







And just to show you that this pillow didn't take more than 15 minutes to make, here is the tutorial for a T-shirt pillow:
1. Lay the T-shirt on the floor in a straight position. Depending on the T-shirt size, decide how big you want your pillow to be. I just went with the biggest size possible, because there was not much fabric to begin with.
2. Cut the fabric, allowing 1 inch of extra material on each side (for the hem). You can see that I cut a little bit of the sleeve, as well. It helped me to sew the fabric properly and it didn't show when the pillow was finished. 
3. Turn the fabric inside out, mark your final measurements and sew three sides. For the forth side (usually the lower side, which doesn't show) sew only three quarters and leave a gap to insert the filling. 
4. Overcast the hem, turn the fabric outside in, fill and finish the lower side sewing it by hand. Enjoy!



UPDATE - the Valentine pillow was featured at Little Inspiration, Gingerbread, Petite Hermine, My Repurposed Life and Kammy's Korner. Thank you so much for the support, I feel so proud and happy :) 
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75 comments:

  1. Look great!!!
    I feel the love : )
    lovely day!
    XX

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  2. Oh I love it! And it matches your cute Valentine picture with the flamingos! How fun!

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    1. Exactly, it looks like a flamingo invasion to my house! I thought of adding the flamingo poster above the bed, but it was too much :))

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    2. Super cute colors for Valentines! Love your bedroom decoration! Clever idea, I love this project!Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime.
      Have a fabulous weekend!
      Hugs from Portugal,

      Ana Love Craft
      www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  3. So cute and I love the colors you have used, I agree to go with the flow!

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    1. Thanks a million! I was just over to your blog an hour ago, to comment on your kitchen sign, but my browser says you've got malware from an external site and I was unable to comment :(

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  4. Ciao Meeha,
    What a cute idea!!!. So nice, your bed looks lovely full of color and love (of course!!!) and the vignette with the matrioska doll bellissima!
    Xoxo, Eva

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  5. I adore that you used an old tee shirt to make a pillow! I'm always in search of a new affordable pillow case and an old shirt is just the solution! I'm going to have to look through my drawers!

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    1. Shop your closet, Yelle - I'm sure that a stylish girl like you can make some cool T-shirt pillows :)

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  6. I don't particularly like Valentine's day but I love your project and your colors. Once I had a living room painted like this.

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    1. Wow, I wish to have seen your red living room!

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  7. What an excellent upcycling project - it looks fab! You have the most beautiful home Meeha. I also meant to comment on your little thrift store dolls post - it was all so sweet and pretty. What a fabulous find.

    THanks as always for your lovely comments on my blog too - and yes Titch is a real sweety. Very loving and oh so pretty. I've always wanted a Tabby cat but she's the first to come my way. xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Ann, I wish I had more T-shirts like that to transform. And then, my house would be an ocean of pillows!

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  8. Michaela, you are SO COOL! I love your new Pillow. You really make me spin, this styling should be off for magazines. Your russian doll are so cute. Thank you for the inspiration, you really make me longing for some colours in our home! Thank you for MUST have inspiration and have a great week!

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    1. Thank you, sweet Mette, your words are honey to my ears and a little too much too take! If everybody liked my styling the way you do, I would be famous :)) I long to see more glimpses of your home, I bet it looks awesome.
      PS: And if you ever meet someone from a magazine, I would love to do some work for them ;P

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  9. I really really really love red. As matter of fact, I love all bright colors, everywhere, even in the bedroom. Expecially becouse I can't see colors when I am asleep :D as you mentioned!
    This comination of colors are just perfect; I love the pillow!

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    1. Thank you, Ana. The first time I come across a giant XXXXXL Tshirt I will make a squid pillow, too :))

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    2. Yes, yes, yes, I would like that very much!

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  10. This is just so cute! What a great way to reuse a cherished t-shirt!!

    P.S. I'm working on your crochet pillow pattern right now. YAY! :)

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    1. Oh, I can't wait to see the cool pillow :)

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  11. That is AWESOME!!! What a great idea. I'm going to be on the lookout for good T-shirts now.

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    1. Thanks a million, Katie, you should totally ransack your drawers for some cool pillows :)

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  12. Thank you for your beautiful comment in my blog, you made me really happy! Have a beautiful day. And I'm glad to find your lovely blog! /Elina

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    1. Thank you so much for returning the visit, Elina! You give me wonderful inspiration!

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  13. What an adorable pillow. I never thought much about flamingoes until you pointed out how cute they are! Red in the bedroom for Valentines looks great! Enjoyed this post Meeha.

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    1. Tank you so much, Patty, for me flamingos are indeed a romantic symbol!

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  14. I never really liked red, but looking a your bedroom and your beautiful pillow I am re-considering! It is gorgeous, and once again such a special mix.

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    1. Thank you, Jutta, you know how much I love color and I just HAVE to try out many different things :)

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  15. Sweet as candy! :D Lovely pillow you made from the T-shirt! About 15 years ago I had red roof in my bedroom .. :) and reds on the walls. I liked it! Now I live another place, but I don`t think the bedroom will be red .. but you never know .. :D

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    1. Red everywhere in the bedroom - it must have been lots of fun! I also liked very much the bedroom of Benita from Chez Larsson, when she painted one wall in a very nice and solar shade of happy yellow.

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  16. Love your pillow and it's even better that it is repurposed. Your room is gorgeous and I always find myself coming back to your blog. Love your style and now following.

    Have a great day!

    Angela

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    1. Angela, thank you so much for the lovely words, you give me much strength and encouragement. I'm heading over to your blog :)

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  17. I literally adore that pillow and your Valentine colors! Red has always been my love... red in the kitchen, red in the bath, red in the dinig room, in the craft room and also in the bedroom! I have "red passion" sheets for winter and summer, some red objects and orange wall.. always slept well!

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    1. Oh, Laura, if only I could live in your gorgeous red kitchen for a week, I'm sure that it will be a dream come true (in the day time as well as while getting a good night sleep)!

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comment, Diana!

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  19. Upcycled AND totally adorable? Hello! This is awesome. I saw (on Pinterest, of course) a pillow made using an old shrunken thrift store sweater and rustic buttons. I'm loving this clothing-into-housewares trend. And your room? Oh so lovely. Found you through the hop...I look forward to reading more!

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    1. Thanks a million for visiting, Sarah! Many times when I see a cool T shirt I say to myself: "This could make a great accent pillow" :))

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  20. Love your pillows. Pinned:) Thinking on the same wave length-http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/01/sweet-heart-pillow-upcycle.html

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    1. Thanks a million: for the visit, the sweet comment... and for the pin!

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  21. Mehha Oh I love it! And it matches your cute Valentine picture with the flamingos! How fun!

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  22. Great idea for up-cycling a shirt! I have tons of clothes that either no longer fit or have fallen out of fashion but that still have great fabrics. I'll keep them in mind for up-cycling next time!
    Thanks Meeha!
    -Ana from www.babbledabbledo.com

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    1. I always do that, Ana - I keep the clothes that I no longer use but which have great fabric and re-use them for the home :)

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  23. very pretty.....excellent idea....:):):)

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    1. Thank you, I'm so glad you like my little Valentine pillow!

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  24. Gorgeous print! Found you via Craft Junkie Too T.G.I.F. Linky Party. We are your newest followers via Bloglovin

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  25. So cute, wish I had a cute print t-shirt like that!
    I just started a new link party and would love if you would come on over and share your post or social media sites. http://designeddecor.com/talkin-about-thursday-link-party4/

    DeDe@DesignedDecor

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  26. That is too cute. It is super convenient to already have that design on a little t-shirt. New follower per GFC and new hop if you would like to join in http://onecreativeprocrastinatinggal.blogspot.com/2013/01/inspiration-in-progress-2.html Have a great weekend. : }

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  27. Ohhh! Do you have bedding for every season? I love it! What a great idea to mix things up. It's really a unique concept.

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting! I've got about 10 different colored sets of bedding, I like change very much :)

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  28. Love what you have done with T-shirt. It looks lovely as a pillow cover.
    Liked your clever idea. Found your blog from Creative blogger's party and following you now.
    http://designdecoranddisha.blogspot.in/2013/01/indian-art-warli-art-maharashtra.html

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  29. Adorable recycled shirt project! I'd love it if you stopped by and linked up at Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays at A Jennuine Life. http://ajennuinelife.blogspot.com/2013/01/thrifty-to-nifty-thursdays-4.html

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  30. Hi Meeha, still loving your sweater pillows. Stop by my new post http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/01/his-and-her-pillows.html

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  31. Love the Flamingo! Super cute pillow! Stopping by from Kammy's Korner.

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting, Lauren, I'm so glad you like my t-shirt Valentine pillow!

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  32. What a cute t-shirt! and it makes the perfect pillow to complement your bedroom decor!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    1. Jill, you're such a great host, thank you for making time to visit!

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  33. I know I've commented on this one before, but I found it again while scrolling through the Monday Funday links. Linking it to my FB page. I just love this idea :)
    Maybe I should be hunting the Goodwill for decent Christmas t-shirts right now?

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    1. Thanks a million, Katie, I'm sure that Goodwill is full of great T-shirts, just waiting to be transformed into smashing accent pillows :)

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  34. so.very.cute!!! Love your pillow!
    gail

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  35. Love the pillow. Just stopping by to invite you to my link party. I would love it if you would check it out.

    http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/

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  36. OMG, that turned out super cute - I have so many old shirts that are cute patterns but just don't fit right. :)
    Would love if you came and linked up with us at the Humble Brag. We give away free ad space every week!
    http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/the-humble-brag-link-party-18/

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  37. Cuteness!! I'm dying over that flamingo (I almost typed penguin... haha, not sure why?) Seriously, such a cute, fun project!

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    1. Thanks a million for visiting, Rachel! Oh, I would love a penguin T-shirt pillow, as well :))))

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  38. I absolutely LOVE this!! Very clever and totally adorable! Thanks for sharing! ;)
    Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks a million, Brenda, I'm very glad you like it but it's no big deal... you just need to find the right old T-shirt :))

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  39. The red bed and the new red pillow look amazing. So festive. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!

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  40. Shut the front door...that t-shirt made and amazing pillow! I never would have thought to make this! Clever woman! I'm so glad you shared this at Loving Valentines Day!

    TGIF!
    Marilyn

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    1. Thanks a million for the sweet comments, you're such a graceful host!

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  41. I love, love, LOVE this! SO cute! I am going to have to make me one now :)

    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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