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Attempting Aloha: Wedding Dress/Daddy Shirt turned Flower Pillows

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wedding Dress/Daddy Shirt turned Flower Pillows

Yup, it's official...I'm campaigning for "most sentimental schmuck of all" award. It's cool. I've come to accept the face that I cry at Hallmark commercials. If that's not your thing, look the other way, my friend. This post is not for you!

So I mentioned in my original "Flower Pillow First Attempt" post that my original idea was to make a pillow for each of my girls out of my wedding dress... And I've decided it will be the perfect little Christmas present for each of them. I'm also doing all their bedding, but with everything else we've got going on, I'm not sure it's gonna happen before Christmas. Pillows will have to suffice.

After I made my flower pillow, yet more inspiration struck as I was cleaning out my hubby's closet (sshhhh. Don't tell him. He's a clothes hoarder. Seriously, dude has 3x as many outfits as I do.) Anyway, I was about to take one of his tattered white button-up dress shirts to the Goodwill pile downstairs when I passed by my Mom Cave and saw my shredded wedding dress. {{Lightbulb moment}}  Hmmmmm. What if I used daddy's shirt, too!?

Here's my wedding dress after being ripped at every seam (I'm so sorry I don't have one of it before. We were married 9 years ago, and digital wasn't being used much.)

For these particular pillows, I decided to just use a section of the satin fabric of my dress for the flower and then sections of "dad's" shirt for the base of the pillow (strong daddy, frilly mommy, ya know?).

I didn't take a pic of cutting the shirt, but I ended up cutting them 13"x13". I chose the size mainly because I had to get 6 pieces (three pillows) out of one shirt! I ended up even using the areas with button holes. I think it will just add more character. ;)

For the dress, I had to even out a rectangle since the pieces were originally rounded for the dress. I ended up using 7 strips that were 2" wide x 40" long. The satin fabric was VERY strong, and mostly impossible to tear, so I just cut it, and it frayed along the edges nicely with just a little "scuffing" after I finished putting it together.

Now I have to admit that even with my awesome craptastic tutorial on my original flower pillow, it took me awhile to remember what in the world I had done and get in a good groove with this. I'm thinking I'll do a little video when I do one of the other pillows (mostly for my own use since I seem to forget quickly! Ha!).

I wanted something pink to finish off the center (um, duh!), but I wanted it to also be something with meaning. I had been saving a necklace of mine that broke just for crafting purposes, and I thought one of the beads/buttons would be perfect! Each of my girls have had their turn gnawing on that beaded necklace in church (not all in the same day, of course...).

Oh, and I did consider using the buttons off of dad's shirt, but when I tried them out they just got overpowered and lost in all the frill (Imagine that! Go ahead and look for the symbolism...I have to add a LITTLE of my English major background into my crafty blog, right?).

Yup. Perfect. :)

Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka,


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At December 9, 2010 at 9:06 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This turned out beautiful! Love the special meaning behind it. Using family treasures is one of my favorite ways to decorate.

You have a sewing talent, for sure! I was an English minor so add ON :) Love it!


At December 9, 2010 at 1:49 PM , Blogger Trisha @ The Sweet Survival said...

Oh my gosh this is the best idea I have ever seen! I wish I had better sewwing talent to do this (I have to stick to square things). What a perfect present.

At December 9, 2010 at 8:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

GORGEOUS!!! Love it !

At December 10, 2010 at 5:33 AM , Blogger Lisa said...

This is such a sweet idea and it's something they can keep and treasure forever. Very pretty!

At December 10, 2010 at 8:57 AM , Blogger Dacia said...

What a beautiful pillow and I LOVE the symbolism! I think I want to rip up my wedding dress now too :)

At December 10, 2010 at 9:07 AM , Blogger A Girl said...

Love it! My dress has been sitting in a box for the last 15 years, but this year i am hoing to take it of storage and make my daughter a 1st communion dress out of it. Wish me luck, i'm sure the first cut is going to be the hardest...

At December 10, 2010 at 11:43 AM , Blogger Allison said...

Visiting from Simply Designing. Love this! It is fabulous!

I shared a link to this on my blog's, A Glimpse Inside, FB page.

At December 10, 2010 at 3:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cute idea!

At December 11, 2010 at 7:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, you have me teary eyed. I am such a sap too. I have been caught sobbing in the aisles of Hallmark.

Your girls are beyond lucky to have those pillows....

Take care,

At December 12, 2010 at 2:38 AM , Blogger Gina Alfani said...

Following you from Sunday Showcase Party . . . love your blog . . . this pillow is awesome! I have stashes of old clothes that have memories attached and now I know what to do with them :)

Have an awesome Sunday . . . Gina

. . . and many more!

At December 12, 2010 at 7:24 AM , Blogger Theresa said...

Thanks for the inspiration - such a fantastic idea! I don't know if I can cut up my wedding dress {very brave of you:)} but I have all sorts of kid clothes that I'm saving {for some reason!}. Your pillow might just be the ticket!
We visited Oahu two years ago {from Canada} and we're longing to return...very envious of the island life!!
I'm your newest follower!

At December 12, 2010 at 7:43 PM , Blogger gail myrepurposedlife.net said...

what a great idea to give your daughters. I love the end result!
thanks for linking up,

At December 17, 2010 at 1:29 PM , Blogger freckled laundry said...

SUCH a sweet and thoughtful way to repurpose that wedding dress & daddy's shirt. Much nicer than sitting in a box somewhere. At least it can be treasured and enjoyed all the time. Thank you so much for linking with air your laundry Friday!


At December 18, 2010 at 9:07 AM , Blogger Liz said...

Very pretty!

At December 22, 2010 at 12:25 AM , Blogger Camilla Jones (CioCo Photography) said...

um, remember how we're like twins? I used material from my centerpieces at my wedding for a very similar pillow. yeesh.

At January 6, 2011 at 6:03 PM , Blogger Blessed Mommy of 2 said...

Awe! That is 2 sweet! And your pillows are very cute!

At January 7, 2011 at 7:46 PM , Blogger Its So Very Cheri said...

That is a sweet idea. I couldn't do it since I designed my dress so it is a one of a kind but it is a great way to pass on a family treasure.

I am visiting from the CSI project. I am numbers 86,87,88, and 89.

Cheri from www.itssoverycheri.com and www.thediyclub.com

At January 8, 2011 at 10:12 PM , Blogger Bethany K. said...

Hi there.. I saw your extra cute pillow over on Stitched in Color. I live on Oahu too and have a blog: funkyhulagirl.blogspot.com :)

At January 9, 2011 at 1:36 PM , Blogger MaryJanes and Galoshes said...

This is really beautiful! I've been making things from my wedding dress also and a pillow for my daughter's wedding is on my list.


At February 9, 2011 at 6:03 AM , Blogger Gina said...

OH yes, I cry at Hallmark ads too. I once cried when I saw on the news around the holidays that a company donated a gazillion cans of Tuna to a food pantry. I was crying over tuna. Talk about SCHMUCK!

Anyway! This is gorgeous. I love the whole idea. You are one talented mama and im sure the girls will LOVE their pillows as they grow up and come to understand and appareciate the sentimentality even more. <3

At May 30, 2012 at 11:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How stinkn cute is this!? I have had my wedding dress hanging on my craft rack (having to move it out of the way and back over and over and OVER again) no clue what to do with it. That is so sweet, and I am one of those cry babies too! But I'm more of a suburu commercial cryer, I mean seriously have you seen them?! I feel like I need to buy one just for the commercials! I'm totally doing this! Though, I don't know if I could cut my dress up just yet, being I'm still in my first year of marriage, and not to mention no kids (yet!) but now I know I can put it away and won't have to worry about it getting wrinkled, (not that I'd be wearin it again, because lord knows I don't even fit in it now, 9 months later, lol but people have said to turn it into a christening gown, and as cute as that is, I just can't see that with the style of my dress.) Thanks so much for this adorable idea! I'm pinning it (of course crediting it to you!) :) p.s my husband is the same way! I have to take pieces of clothes that he never wears and hide them to make room in the closet. Then I eventually tell him, and also tell him that I'm sending them to the salvation army since he hadn't missed them! Lol
-diary of a mad crafter


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