Friday, July 9, 2010

Things 21-24: Pillows!

Hello, y’all! I’ve missed you, and I’ve missed this space! I promise, I HAVE been sewing…but remembering to take pictures, and then remembering to put them onto the computer, and then remembering to blog…well, that hasn’t been happening. Not so much.

However. I’ve had my hiatus. I’ve taken the “bloggy break” that seems so popular this summer. And now? I’m back!

When we moved into our new digs a month ago, we did some Furniture Shuffling. The big girl got some new (to us) bedroom furniture, which moved her old bed into her little brother’s room (in standby, for the time being). Siu Jeun is still sleeping in his crib. The futon went into the den, to make it into a guest room, and we were left with one extra mattress – Lo Gung’s old, old twin-size from his bachelor days. What to do?


Well! I’m glad you asked! It, of course, moved into the playroom to start its new life as a trampoline! Hooray! (We had an old mattress in our playroom when I was a kid, and I think it’s a BRILLIANT idea!) Besides, if we have a plethora of guests….a few of them can always sleep in the playroom!


Lo Gung just had one caveat: If I insisted on putting an old mattress in the playroom, it could not LOOK like an old mattress. It is made up with a fitted sheet, and I have been tasked with filling in the edges with good-looking pillows.

Here’s what I’ve got so far: repurposed pillows!

My stash, now that I’m here in our new place, is slightly embarrassing.  So, I’m doing my best to work through it right now. These first two pillows were actually Lo Gung’s idea. We had some old (and really soft) robes that we didn’t use any more. “Why don’t you make pillows for the kids??” Oh, how I love that man! When we found two HUGE square pillows ($10 for the set) at a moving sale in our neighborhood, I knew it was meant to be!IMG_6815 IMG_6816  The kids love sitting on their pillows. Siu Jeun, especially, loves plopping face first into his new pillow and snuggling down for a Tactile Moment.

These next ones aren’t nearly as fun…but do serve their purpose. The shams are repurposed from a flannel queen-size flat sheet I found at Goodwill. I have a soft spot for green and purple together…so when I saw this sheet, I knew I had to have it for SOMETHING. (These pillows are just guest pillows/extras that were lazing about in the linen closet. To save space in there, I plan on making shams for the REST of the “extra” pillows as well, and then piling them onto our Playroom Bed. Two down, two to go!)


PS – To make the shams, I followed a tutorial from Vively Online, as best as I could remember it. Because I never actually have directions in front of me when I work. I rely on my steel trap MIND. Which…is why my seam ripper is my best friend. Anywho, if you’d like to make some quick and easy shams, head over here!


Myrnie said...

I imagine SJ ADORES those fuzzy pillows :) I loves pillow shams- I think I need to make some more!

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

A mattress in the playroom is a BRILLIANT idea. I am going to have to copy that one...