After the last scrappy pillow for Molly, I was so in love with making pillow covers that I decided to make a second one as a Christmas gift. This is for Chelsea, a sweet teenager (14 or 15, I think) that we know from church. She’s the daughter of one of my good friends, and she’s so nice about helping with our kids at church that I wanted to do something nice for her at Christmas. Her room is bright pink and blue, so I added a few blues in with the fabrics I used for Molly’s pillow.
After the last pillow, this project was a breeze because I already had a bunch of 3.5” strips cut, so I just had to cut off a square and move along. I hand-embroidered the name just like last time, and I think I’m getting better at writing the name on because it only took me one try this time (as opposed to four with Molly’s pillow, waiting for the water to dry after washing out the water-soluble ink each time).
For the back I used a hot pink zebra print. She loves zebra print, and I think it makes the pillow more appropriate for a teenager, too. The ten-year-old I babysit LOVED the zebra print, so maybe it’s just a girl thing in general. After all, I bought it just because I liked it and without any clue what to do with it.
I love that this gift spans so many ages. I made the first for a three-year-old and this one for a teenager. I like the personalization for young girls, but it could probably even be tweaked a bit for older girls/women, too… or perhaps a monogrammed one for a wedding gift. You could do the monogram of the new couple! I may also have a new go-to bridal shower gift!
The only detraction to the pillow is that pillow forms, I found, are quite expensive, at least at Joann’s. Even the cheapest one with a coupon would have been $10, but most were around $15-$20. However, I noticed that the bag of stuffing was $2.50 on sale, so I bought that and made my own pillow form. It only added about 15 minutes to the process anyway.That is probably the route I’ll go from now on as well. Now I’m kicking myself for returning that extra bag of stuffing I bought on black Friday. I’ve also thought about buying ugly clearance pillows in stores and just tossing the covers. I’ve done that at TJ Maxx and gotten down toss pillows for less than $5. I’ll just have to start keeping an eye out for pillows while shopping.