It is another edition of Thrifty Chicks. This month’s subject is (I want to say drumroll please) Jeans! Each month we get together and present our interpretation of a theme or item. I decided how to sew a reversible pillow with old jeans is a good project.
Yes I know I have done reversible pillows before. But this one is a little different since I used an old pair of jeans and an old shirt. Other projects I have made with jeans are placemats and a patriotic wreath.
This pillow is very easy to make. There is no zipper to worry about! One thing I suggest is making a pattern. The pattern I used for this pillow is paper taped together. It is well used. I have since changed to brown paper for newer patterns. The pattern is easy. Draw the measurements out on the paper. Then decide on the size of the seam and draw it on the paper. Another advantage of having a pattern is you will have for other pillow covers.
Cut the front of the jeans off so you have the backside only. I started out by deciding the placement of the pattern on the jeans. Once you decide the placement, pin the pattern to the jeans. Mine was pinned on the back by the waistband and it went down to the legs. Did you notice how there is excess fabric? Don’t worry, I will show you how to fix it.
After the jeans are cut into the pillow shape, unpin the pattern from the jeans. Place it on the button side of the shirt. This was tricky because I didn’t want to cut into the back. The material did slip and slide. If you don’t want to deal with that pin the pattern to the front and back. You can always do something with the leftover shirt later on. Maybe a coordinating pillow? For this project, the front of the shirt is used. That is why we don’t have to worry about putting in a zipper. Yay!
Getting back to the jeans. If your pattern was larger than the back and went to the legs, pin the excess material over to form a straight edge. Pin it and sew it down along the seam in the same color thread.
Once that is done pin the jeans to the shirt. Sew along the four edges. After it is sewn, clip the four corners diagonally. Turn right side out. Insert the pillow form into the pillow cover. Button up the shirt and you are done.
Unless you want to make a little pocket square. I cut the sleeve off the shirt, turned it right side together and sewed along three sides. Don’t forget to clip the corners. Then turn right side out and press. I also ironed the raw edge to form a hem. Sew that shut. The pocket square can go in one of the back pockets.
I think this type of pillow cover is so cute. My pillow has a casual beach look. But wouldn’t it look cozy if you use a flannel shirt and jeans? How to sew a reversible pillow with old jeans is a fun way to reuse those old clothes we all seem to have. Do you think you will give it a try? Now let’s see what the other Thrifty Chicks did for their jean projects.