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{DIY} Upcycled Cozy Christmas Pillow

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Remember this pile of receiving blankets from this earlier post?

After making tons of upcycled bibs for my baby, my niece Lyla, and as gifts for a few new babies over the past year, I still have a good-sized pile at my disposal. Now that the temps are cooling way down and the holidays are just around the corner, I thought I could make a Christmas-themed pillow using one of the green blankets. I used this Pinterest idea here to stencil my lettering using simple stencils and a Sharpie.

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To make the pillowcase, I folded the blanket lengthwise, sewed one short edge and the long open edge together, leaving one short edge open to insert my pillow. After I put the pillow in the case, I folded the open edges inward, pinned, and sewed the folded edges together. This way made it super easy to not only make a pillowcase but to line up the stripes in the material on the long edge.

This also could be easily replicated with fleece or another blanket-type material if you don’t have a spare blanket lying around. I also plan on using this pillow for my upcoming Christmas mini sessions along with a few other PInterest-inspired things.

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{DIY} Refashed Baby Bibs

Check out the slew of receiving blankets I have!

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Take away the three pink/flower print cloths and add as many blue cloths as there are green ones and you have the total number of blankets I used with Elisha as burp cloths. The kid spit-up like a maniac.

Now that he’s two I no longer need such a stack in burp cloths but in bibs. You see, little Shiloh rarely ever spits-up; however, she drools. And drools. And drools. The girl could easily go through every single bib she has (plus a few handed down from Elisha) in a day. Actually, she has.

So what’s a Mommy to do? Go buy more bibs?

Not this Mommy. Not with a stash of super-absorbant receiving blankets that NEVER get used! Time to refash!

First, I folded one of the blankets in half. And then took one of my favorite bibs (because it’s huge!) to use as my template.

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Side note: I regularly use washable markers on fabric when sewing. I usually have them on hand instead of fabric chalk since I have a two-year-old and all. It washes out just the same.

Next, I pinned my sides down and cut.

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Do the same for the neckhole.

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Now sew all the sides down and the neckhole, and voila! Bib!

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I decided to stitch on the outside for a cute little fray. And for added durability and cute detail I double-stitched the sides (I left the neckhole a single-stitch).

How do you like my new refashed bib?

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I promise she likes it! Just a small glimpse into the home of a teething baby.

If after the refash you come to find the bib doesn’t quite fit over your sweet baby’s head (as in the case with Shiloh), you can cut down the back of the neckhole and sew a button or ribbon or for a no-sew fix adhere a piece of velcro. I chose the button/ribbon option. The ribbon is definitely my favorite.

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And as always, leave me your input!

How cute would these be monogrammed?!