The Comfort Pillow

My husband's Grandpa was a great man. He was a natural gentleman. Faithful, confident, sincere, and as funny as they come! A few short months ago , he passed away, leaving behind his beloved wife of 65 years (they ran off and got married in high school!!!) to be in even greater company.
I wanted to make a small memento for Miss Mary (as her church family loving calls her).
The idea of a comfort pillow hit me and when I saw the print on Grandpa's old shirt, I was sold. It will look great on a rattan chair in their coastal sun room.
I'm sure many (if not all of you) know how to make a pillow.
However, the problem comes when you are cutting a one-of-a-kind-still-smells-like-Grandpa type of shirt.
I was a nervous wreck!
Measure! Measure! Measure!
This is a 14" square pillow. The center of the pillow from seam to seam actually measures 14.5 inches. I decided to cut the fabric at 15 inches and use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
The ensure a straight line with 90 degree edges, use a quilting ruler to measure and mark the 15 inch square.
Use the placket to help line up your cuts.
Measure and mark your cuts! This is a one of a kind piece!
Once you have your squares cut out, flip them so the right sides are facing each other, pin, and sew all the way around.
Use the buttons as the opening of the pillow cover.
Maybe the pillow will be her a little comfort. It's not the same as hugging him, but she can squeeze the pillow tight and picture him dancing on those golden streets!

Providence Hill
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  • Trish Mastriano Trish Mastriano on Nov 11, 2014
    Great idea! I have saved some of my moms clothes and have been waiting for the right project to come along. Thank you!

  • Annie Doherty Annie Doherty on Jun 12, 2016
    What a wonderfully kind and thoughtful present you have made for your husbands' Grandmother, she must be so touched at your kindness and empathy I believe she will always treasure this, thank you do much for sharing.