Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Cashmere Pillow

      I recently bought a gorgeous Talbot's cashmere sweater at a garage sale for
the great price of only $1.00  What a deal!  I planned to sell it on Ebay, as it was
 too large for me.  Until I got it home, washed it, and found this...
      There is just no way you can sell a cashmere sweater with a hole in it!  Even a teensey little hole like this.  Or is there? I thought about what I could do with all that luxurious cashmere.  I tried to wash it in hot water and dry it to felt it to make something out of the felt, but it would not felt!  (I don't know why--but it was a washable cashmere, so I guess that makes sense.)  So I decided to use the good part of the body to make a pillow! So I bought a very soft pillow form (half price coupon at JoAnne's Fabrics was on my iphone app). 
      I cut away the bottom of the sweater, cutting out the part with the hole--
just enough to make a nice square to fit the pillow form.  I want to make
 a round cat bed, using the arms and neck area as the stuffed sides,
but the "V-neck" part prevented that.  So a square pillow it was!
      I stitched 3 sides on my serger.  I used the bottom hemmed edge as the side
 where I hand stitched it closed, so there was no fraying.  That took a long time
 because I made teensey stitches. 

      Now it looks so good--and feels SO soft and snuggly--I think I will put
 it in  my Ebay store! Nothing goes to waste around here! :-) 

Have you salvaged anything lately?  Or made lemonade from a "lemon"?
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  1. Very pretty and oh so clever...hope you saved those sleeves for neck rolls or bolsters!

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    1. Yes; they do look good enough to eat, don't they?