I have been sewing some unique pillow cases recently and realized I hadn’t shared them. I have so many different ones, I decided to break them into two different posts. I just finished these cheerleading uniform pillows and was so excited about it I wanted to share right away.
My customer sent these two uniforms as well as a third, one-piece uniform with the skirt attached. She wanted two pillow cases to use for a fundraising effort. I deconstructed the top by unstitching the hem and side seams to get the most fabric as possible to make a 16.5″ square for a 16″ pillow. One was a bit smaller than 16.5″, but the fabrics have a small bit of stretch, so it should not be a problem.
I used either the back or the skirt fabric to fill in the neck and arm spaces. For the back, I used either the skirt detail or the shirt back.
I simply couldn’t send the last uniform back without creating a unique pillow! I removed the panty and stitched along the V seam where the skirt is attached, leaving the skirt free. I stitched the armholes closed, and added a piece of fabric to the neckline. I then stitched that to the back – leaving a small space at the zipper. To prevent the stuffing fibers from getting into the zipper, I sewed a 1″ wide strip of webbing along one side of the zipper on the inside. Then, I stuffed it!
OK, I’m really excited about this pillow! Maybe it brings out the inner cheerleader in me! Especially since we had green and white uniforms! (And, green and white saddle shoes! What could be cuter!) Yes, I was a cheerleader. Only in grade school. I wasn’t good enough to be a high school cheerleader. But I did do a back bend and a girl stood on my stomach for one of our routines!
Wow, I’m really off track…
From cheerleading, we move on to the London Marathon. I have a lovely customer who completed the Tokyo Marathon and she asked me to make a pillow. You can see it here. Well, she recently completed the London Marathon. (Big deal….I did a back bend in 6th grade!) Ha! Just kidding Anita! I’m truly amazed at anyone who can complete a marathon. She picked out the fun fabric and sent it to me.
I created a patchwork for the back using parts of the sleeve and sides from the shirt and various fabrics.
I also completed a special memory pillow for a cyclist.
You can visit my Pillow Page for pricing and information about various pillows I can make.
Is the bottom of the shirt all around the bottom or just in front. Did you stuff the upper part where the arms go.
The skirt goes all the way around. It was left intact, I simply stitched across the bottom of the outfit, leaving the skirt to hang loose and stuffing the upper part.