The Shirt Off Your Back

With summer sunshine comes renewal and that includes home decorating. Could my modest budget quench my thirst to add some new color to the bedroom?  I decided a couple of new pillows might be affordable. Well I shopped till I dropped, I even stopped by the fabric store, I just could not find that ‘je ne sais quoi’ (translation: that elusive something). I turned to one of my favorite Blogs Pillows A-La-Mode for inspiration. She’s even made a pillow out of a hoodie, brilliant right?

I immediately set off to the second-hand shop, were I found the ‘Holy Grail’ of summer attire, a vintage Hawaiian shirt.

Heavenly right, can I get a hallelujah?  I just adore the sporty sailboats floating on azure seas and the breezy palms surrounding the pink resort next to the beach. Oh, take me there. What about those summery phrases like: ‘relax on the island’, ‘holiday fun’ and ‘catch some rays’ it practically screams sunshine!

With a little know how and some cheery yellow picnic cotton I was able to sew two pillows for under $20.00 (re-purposed my feather inserts).  I used the back of the shirt for one pillow and the front of the shirt for the other.

I really like them with my vintage pink chenille bedspread.  It’s so cozy Petals can’t keep her eyes open. Hello…..kitty, photographer at work here.  I think the old pocket adds a little whimsy don’t you?

With my pillow project a success, I started reading one of my books from the charity sale, An Anthology of Verse, Oxford University Press 1964. I found this lovely poem by Robert Bridges

Yes, ‘I too will something make and joy in the making’. I think this may be the start of something wonderful, but until then, this is what you can make from the shirt off your back.

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Living the dream with Mr Right and two black rescue cats, Petals & Blossum. Life and Love expresses itself in the many ongoing art projects. Favorite quote "we'll grow kindness in our hearts for all the strangers amoung us, till there are no strangers any more" Singer-Songwriter Patti Griffin.

15 thoughts on “The Shirt Off Your Back

    1. HA, little stinker….I got side tracked looking for my camera extra battery & came back 10 minutes later to find Petals cat napping…clicked a pic and tip toed out, thanks for noticing Alys, I think she’s kinda adorable too. Thanks for looking in!

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  1. How did I miss this one!!! I love those pillows. It is great fun re-purposing things. You’ll love those pillows more than anything you could have purchased, too. They are adorable. Fun, fun, fun!

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    1. The shirt was a mere 7.99 and your right, because they are ‘one of a kind’, I will love them more. I’m also sewing a kitty pillow for my little Diva’s, it’s so cute I’d like my bed to be just like it HA

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  2. Lovely job with the Hawaiian shirt – but that chenille pillow is especially beautiful – did u make that too? LUL

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    1. Hi Katherine, I wanted to acknowledge you by name but didn’t see it on your About Page. Well I’m having the best time following your posts. I’m sure I will never do projects as fast as you but I know there’s always inspiration to be found at Pillows A-La-Mode.

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