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31 Days: Color – Day 8: Orange Vroom Pillow

This is a project that’s been a long time coming.

It started out with BB’s favorite shirt.

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I think his Grams got him this shirt for his birthday when he turned 4 – so a year and a half ago. He LOVES this shirt. He wanted to wear it every day – it was always the first choice when it came out of the dryer. But, of course, he’s grown, and this shirt is more of a crop top. He still wants to wear it, but really, it’s not comfortable. So I told him a few months ago that I would turn it into a pillow. It would go nicely with his orange room and his race car bed.

Then, as it tends to go, life got busy, and I forgot about it until I was looking through my To-Do Pile for orange things. Finally, a colorful project for the house, not just for me!

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I started by cutting the top and bottom off of the shirt. I realized that the design on the shirt doesn’t fit into a perfect square or rectangle, so I used my straight edge and rotary cutter to create a shape that cut off the sleeves but kept the entire design intact.

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So it’s a trapezoid.

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I found some orange felt pieces to use as the pillow. I pinned the t-shirt to one piece of felt and began sewing. That didn’t work so well, so I used fusible web to adhere the t-shirt to the felt. It wasn’t perfect, but it was better, so I went with it. Then I put the other piece of felt on top of the t-shirt and sewed along three sides.

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I turned it right side out, filled the pillow with stuffing, and sewed the fourth side closed.

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BB was thrilled when he saw it. “Is that my vroom shirt?! Did you make my pillow?!”

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Unfortunately I wasn’t here for bedtime, but I just went to check, and he’s snuggled up with it, sound asleep.

I guess that means I need to find a colorful project for BG this month. Wonder what color it will be? ;)

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This post is part of a 31 day series. Find all the posts in this series here.

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6 thoughts on “31 Days: Color – Day 8: Orange Vroom Pillow

  1. Definitely one of your best ideas yet- and I agree that a quilt seems too ambitious, but this looks doable and charming :) You are a great mom to have done this for him!

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