Mrs. Santa Claus Pillow from Recycled Sweater

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Recycled sweater into this adorable pillow

1. Take your sweater and cut two equal squares the size of your pillow form.  If you are using fiberfill, you can choose the size of your pillow.

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2. Place the front square for your pillow right side up on a flat surface. Then place the back square right side down on top of the first piece. The two front sides will be facing each other. Pin the sides together.

3. Now stitch with a stitch width of 4″ on your sewing machine or you can hand stitch.  Stitch all the way around but leave a 5″ opening on one side.

4. After you have sewn all sides except your 5″ opening, trim your corners and now turn your pillow outside in.

5. Insert your pillow form or fiberfill.

6. Now you are ready to stitch your 5″ opening. Now add a bow. You can hand sew, glue or pin like I did. I want to use this pillow after Christmas so I wanted a temporary embellishment.

Hope this was fun for you to make. If you made one, please tell me about it in the comments section below. You can also ask me a question about this post.
Merry Christmas to you!
~Melissa

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Fringed Tree Skirt Tutorial

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Start with a fleece blanket (one that has a fringe already will cut down on time).

I found this blanket at my local thrift store for $4. Fabric stores will have fleece by the yard and superstores should have blankets on sale this time of year. 

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Fold it in quarters. Use a ruler or tape measure to make marks that are 24″ from the folded corner to create the arc. Cut the along the arc line.arconblanket

Now cut the folded corner arc about 2-3″ to create the hole for the tree base.

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Unfold then make one cut down the middle to open up your skirt.

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Fringe

Stitch the fringe that you cut from the blanket to the edge of your tree skirt.

FOR THE “NO SEW” version- You can skip making a seam and glue the fringe directly to your skirt.  You will want to have made clean cuts so you will have a nice edge.

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If you run out of the pre-made fringe you will have to make your own to match the existing fringe.

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Add the “bling” with a hot glue gun or fabric glue.
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I got this multi pack for $3 at a fabric/craft store.

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Now place your skirt under your tree.

This should not cost you more than $10 to make. And that’s what I call “Blinging on a Budget!”