Jacket, Schmacket!

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I got this at a garage sale for 50 cents

When I was heavy, I always wore a jacket! Always; practically every single day summer or winter. They were a security blanket for me… Since losing weight, I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve worn a blazer type jacket (except for, like, going to an interview or something…). The most structured and basic wardrobe “staple” according to anyone who knows anything about fashion… and I’m repelled by them.

The last thing I wanted to do was make a jacket. So, the only logical thing to do was make a pillow! 🙂

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Removing the unwanted elements…

As you learned from my last refashion, my living room space is pretty beige 😦 So, I’ve been adding pops of color to that room. My family room; however, is all dark… so hubs and I have been trying to accent that space with white accessories to balance it out. A white pillow would be perfect 🙂

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See? Boring!

I’ve had that stupid purple leafy pillow since I moved in, in ’05. Loved it then, hate it now. I’m so sick of it. It’s time to cover it!

I cut the front panels of the jacket from the back.

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I cut each of these into a 12.5 X 18 inch panel.

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Hard to believe they’re the same front panels, huh?

These two panels will serve as the back of my pillow, believe it or not.

So, the back of the scrub jacket will be the front of my pillow.

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Is it starting to make sense? 🙂

I cut this guy into an 18.5 X 18.5inch square.

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Like how I centered the existing drawstring?

See the cutting mat? There is no way I would’ve been able to cut any of these panels so precisely without it and a rotary cutter. They’re very useful tricks of the trade.

Now, I had to hem some raw edges…

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I did this to both of the smaller 2 panels and sewed it down.

Before I assembled the pillow all together, I had to fix the larger panel.

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These buttonhole openings from the drawstring bothered me…

I thought they looked tacky… so I decided to re-use the buttons I removed earlier and cover them up.

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Much better

Did you know you can sew a button onto your fabric with your sewing machine? Oh, yes you can: Drop your feed dogs, select your zig zag stitch, and use a “button sewing” foot.

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The button foot is a must! It won’t work with your regular foot.

Next, you “walk” the needle manually through the holes with the hand (needle) wheel. You hand walk it through, so the machine can “find” the holes. When it does, then you can use your foot control. I did that with each button. Now, I can assemble the pillow case.

Right sides together, I put the 2 smaller panels on top of the larger panel. I pinned them together, then ran them through my serger.

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NEVER sew over your pins!

I could’ve just done this with a straight stitch on my sewing machine… but this serged overcast stitch really secures the fabric so much better.

All that’s left to do now is turn the material right side out and stuff it with the pillow 🙂

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Goodbye purple pillow from 2005!

I definitely like the buttons 🙂

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This looks so much better with the white accents

The “tutorial” for this was long, I know.. but this project really didn’t take too much time at all.  I can’t think of a better way I could’ve added a big white accent to this room. And, where else can you get a pillow case for only 50 cents?

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