On Tuesday I drove over to my MIL to collect some of my FIL things. It is always a difficult and raw time after you loose someone and touching their belongings too seems both right and wrong. Mixed emotions.
On return home, I could not lift some of the items out of the car and so there they stayed until the children came home and helped me, but I did look through one bag on Wednesday morning and my whole day suddenly changed. That which I had planned flew out of the window and nostalgia took over and the sewing machine had to come out. What did I find? My FILs old shirts... I knew that they were coming into our house, but I did not realise the effect they would have on me. I had a day full of memories and began to cut up the old shirts and make cushions for the grandchildren out of them. Something to hold and snuggle, something of their grandfather.
As I was making five cushions out of six shirts I had to be a little creative in how I used the shirts, but think they turned out well. The two that have received theirs certainly appreciated them and have pride of place on the sofa. I still have three to finish, the fronts are made, but I am waiting on cushion inners and then I will make the backs up and hope to post them to their new homes next week...
|Each letter had a template made up first|
|Trying to keep the stripes in line!|
|Good old zig zag on the machine|
|Attaching the 'J' was the hardest letter of them all|
|The pink and blue looked particularly good, I thought|
|The three cushions still to complete|
Completed shirt cushion
|I used an envelope style pattern, so no zips needed and |
incorporated the breast pocket of the shirt too
on the back side of the cushion
|This shirt back was so soft and very tactile|
|The children loved their new cushions and |
snuggled up with them immediately
|Even the cat loves the cushions,|
they hold memories for us all
♥ Hoping you all have a beautiful weekend ♥