Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What to Do with Old Pants: Travel Pillow Cases

Adult-sized non-tapered chinos or Jeans are just perfect for very simple pillow-case for a travel-size pillow. I love to have travel pillows with us for naps in the car or to use with sleeping bags on overnight trips to Grandma’s house. However, things get so dirty in the car being accidentally stepped on with muddy shoes or ending up with popsicle sticks melted into them. I needed a cover for these travel pillows that I could just throw into the washer with everything else – and I didn’t have too much time toi spend on this project.

So, after making my “coloring bag” (also good for travel in the car), I took the left-over pants legs from my husbands old chinos and made them into a nice little pillow-case. Here’s how I did it:

  1. Get a travel pillow (you could make one from scratch - I found these at CVS).
  2. Cut off a pant leg from a worn pair of chinos. Choose a 15 in section of the pants that is wide enough to fit around the pillow.
  3. Sew: Sew up the side at an angle so the top and bottom end up the same width. Sew down the bottom of the pillowcase.
  4. Fold under the top of the pillow case twice and sew around.
  5. Turn right side out.
Once I was finished with the sewing portion, I wanted to personalize them for the kids. (They do love to have their own, personal items. So, on our trip to the beach in the car, here’s how I did it:
  1. I had them each choose a picture they wanted on them.
  2. Using a ball point pen, I wrote out their name and drew their respective fish, shark, and turtle
  3. Then using a back stitch I hand-stitched around my free-hand drawing. Then I embroidered on their names. With such a thick material for the pillow case - I didn't find any need for a hoop.
  4. Voila – no they each have a one-of-a-kind very special travel pillow.
These get a lot of use around here and can easily just get thrown in the laundry for cleaning.

1 comment:

Daisy said...

Great idea - creative, individual, and green.