My favorite, only sister loves the Grinch a whole lot.
I, on the other hand, do not.
But she wanted this pillow with all it’s sequins and shine,
I thought she was silly, the price was so high!
But, her birthday was coming and I knew what to wrap,
I searched for the pillow, but they were all gone in a snap!
What can I do, they are all sold out?
So I brainstormed and pondered and let out a shout!
I can make one myself, I’m a DIYer after all.
So I headed to the craft store right next to the mall.
I bought a few bags of sequins, red and white,
And a Sharpie that on fabric it claimed to write.
I traced out a face with a Santa hat dangling,
And my needle and thread repeatedly tangling,
Hand stitching each and every tiny sequin with love,
I sewed her a pillow cover that fit like a glove.
What’s better than store bought, you ask so sincerely,
A homemade and thought felt gift, clearly.
So I will show you how I made this cute cover,
Just follow the steps and you will discover.
Okay, I’m done. I can’t rhyme anymore. There towards the end it got a little weird, so I figured I need to stop while I was ahead.
So if you can decipher my attempt to Dr. Seuss (I’m making “Dr. Seuss” a verb…) my story of how I made my sister a Grinch pillow, you may have gathered that basically my sister wanted this pillow cover. But it was $40!! And it didn’t even include the pillow! But when they had a Cyber Monday sale, I decided to go ahead and buy it for her for her birthday anyway. But when I clicked on it, it said they were NO LONGER AVAILABLE?!
So I put my thinking cap on and decided to make one for her myself. It was super easy, just time consuming with ALL. THE. SEQUINS. But it’s totally worth it. Trust me.
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First, you will need the following:
A couple sheets of plain 8×11 paper
Red and white thread
Pins and sewing machine
AND LOTS OF PATIENCE.
Here’s how it’s done:
I found the picture of the pillow on the website and copied it into Microsoft Word. For legal reasons, I refrain from putting anyone else’s picture on my blog. So I’m not showing this step. But I sized the picture of the pillow in Word at 18″x18″. Then I rotated it sideways and put only the bottom part of the picture on the blank page. Make sure your view is zoomed to 100%.
I placed a blank sheet of paper on the screen and LIGHTLY (don’t damage your screen) traced the outline of the face.
Then I moved the picture so that the top part of the pillow was on the blank page and traced again on a new sheet of paper.
Once I had it traced out, I lined it up and taped the pieces together and used a Sharpie marker to make the lines thick and dark.
I wanted an 18×18″ pillow cover, so I cut a piece of drop cloth material (I keep this on hand because it’s awesome for all kinds of projects) at about 18 1/2×18 1/2″ (leave room to sew) and taped the drawing onto the back (notice I taped it so the image is mirrored).
Then I taped it onto my back door when the sun was shining bright outside and traced with a pen. Ignore the cat…you’re lucky only one of them got in the picture haha.
I took it off the window and over to the kitchen table and used my Stained Sharpie pen to color in the lines.
I felt like the Grinch when he is sewing his Santa outfit in the cartoon while I was stitching these on. Appropriate haha.
Once you have all the sequins on, here comes the sewing part. I’m just winging it, so you may want to read tutorials on this that are better than mine, but I cut two pieces for the back side of the pillow both the same height as the front piece (18 1/2″) but, cut their width so that one piece overlaps the other a few inches.
I pinned around the edges and sewed around all sides with my sewing machine.
Then turned it right side out.
I stuffed an 18×18 pillow I had laying around into the back and that’s it!
So what do you think? My sister loves it, which is really all that matters. BUT, Danny loves it too…which it must be awesome to get Danny’s stamp of approval. He doesn’t give that to every project I do haha.
Let me know what you think! And if you want to make one yourself, you guys better get to stitching because you only have a few weeks left before Christmas! Be sure to pin for later 🙂
Until next time, happy DIYing! And Merry Christmas 🙂