Thursday, April 7, 2011

father forgive me, for i have jimmy rigged: sweater pillow tutorial

i have this gift. it's the gift of jimmy-rigging. some call it a curse, because everything is hot glued and under par, as far as quality...but whatever, the job gets done. actually, i'd like to rename this jimmy-rigging thing creativity. you just have to let your skills take you to the next step...without planning. i get this gift from my father.

enjoy his work outfit, walmart velcro shoes, and hideous pose. we call things that he does, "linny-rigged". even though his projects turn out pretty fab, sometimes, upon closer look... he clearly skipped 7 to 12 steps in his work process.


anyway, i saw these glorious sweater pillows on life made lovely. and she saw them somewhere else... but there was no tutorial...you could just buy them. what? no tutorial plus you want me to buy things? pshhhh, ruuuuuuuuuude. so i had to be creative and figure it out. and i also had to convince my husband that some of his brand name sweaters were looking pretty ratty. because really, they were. and then he was like, wait, why do you want my sweaters so bad? i caved and told him i just had to make a sweater pillow. now picture rolling eyes from said husband.
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so here's what i did. i mean, it doesn't look exactly like the flower pillows i got the inspiration from so i'm going to try again because i used way too much sweater. shwhatever, who cares. and they kind of look like pillows i've made on here before. but, double shwhatever. go with it.

sweater pillow tutorial

1)steal a sweater from your husband. cut it into 1 inch-ish strips. the longer the strips, the better.
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2)find a pillow in your basement. if it's square(which it probably will be), sew the corners back, like so. (again, super jimmy rigged because i didn't want to buy a round pillow).
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3) start on your flower. the center, i just folded it until i thought it looked like a bud of a flower. at first i sewed this part into the pillow. then i just kept sewing around every so often. but this got too time consuming. i got out the hot glue gun. much easier. i just glued the fabric down as i went. um, jimmy rigged to the max, but uhhh-mazing.
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you can see how i folded my strips of fabric so that the rough edge of the cut shows.
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4)keep going tediously around the pillow. towards the end, i just layed the strips flat because it was faster and it still looked cute.
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5)cover until you get to the back. cover the back if you want. or don't. i did, but man, i got crazy in the back and it looks hilarious. it's the thought that counts, right?


and this picture is too hilarious not to share. do you see anything strange in the window? Lila was "taking a nap" in her big girl bed(which she has stopped taking naps because she can get out of) and i guess heard grandpa out in the front yard talking to my husband. i walked out there to find grandpa and lila monkey-signing to each other. really? that'll teach her not to get out of her bed, for sure!  grandparents do not adhere to any rules, just fyi. they say things like, i mean, she's in solitary confinement up there.
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**and thanks for all your awesome questions to nato in the last post...ya'll had some good ones. he is excited to answer them next week sometime!

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45 comments:

  1. When you do things like this, it makes me jealous and want to be cool and crafty like you. It's dangerous.

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  2. you are a rock star! your pillow turned out fantastic. maybe we should rename what you do jamirigging, cause it's so awesome it really needs a name all it's own. i'm a total jamirigger myself. see...just rolls right off the tongue.
    ;)

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  3. amen on the jimmy rigging. i do it too. and i saw that pillow sans tutorial and got a little upset myself. now i know and i am thrilled to steal a shirt from my husband for the sake of frugality.

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  4. I am SO not crafty. Like, haven't ever done a single craft, ever. I once picked up a paint brush to help my hubby paint a wall, and then got forever banished (didn't mind too much though) from helping him because I proceeded to paint my name on the wall. BUT, the point is, I'd like to be crafty after reading this.

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  5. Amazing pillow!
    Looks beautiful...jimmy rigging and all.
    Have a happy day

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  6. Hey I have some spare pillows laying around that I can do this with! I just gotta go buy a Goodwill sweater to cut up. My husband doesn't do those type of sweaters :0(

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  7. I've never met your dad but i absolutely love that picture.

    And wtg on the pillow! Very cute!

    And I am also going to adopt the term jamiriggin'.

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  8. looks stinkin awesome to me. now if only i had my own couch to put such a pillow. oooh i know, i'm getting a new bedspread. goodwill i'm comin your way!!!!!!

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  9. I saw those pillows too! Precious! You're turned out great!
    jimmy-rigged=creativity fa sho!

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  10. ... thus the reason i almost never have 'tutorials' to put on the ol' blog. it would sound like.. 'well try to get this to work but if it doesn't then just hot glue it. and no one will ever look at the back so it doesn't really matter... etc etc. ' but i love that pillow anyways. :) and nate and i have the exact conversations all the time about his work shirts :)

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  11. i'm thinking it's pretty amazing that your husband just happened to have an old ratty coral colored sweater just waiting to be cut to shreds. my guess is that most men do not...

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  12. You can make me one of these jamirigged pillows anytime sweetheart. It looks fabulous!!!
    xo,
    sarah

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  13. Well, if the term is now coined, 'jamirigging' (which, by the way is awesome), then I'm a total jamirigger. I don't want to do things the *correct* hard way. That pillow looks amazing! Love it!

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  14. Love it! I wish I could craft!

    Also, how many weeks until your due? Name? Baby room? Quit holding out on us! Your readers demand it.

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  15. 33 weeks! we have a name but not telling. baby room is a shared room and i have a few more things to add and then i'll post. i've just lost all my energy to anything but eat. which, i will refrain from posting pics because i look alarming.

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  16. ooooooooo I love this! I saw you on fingerprints on the fridge! uh-mazing! I actually have seen you on libby's blog!

    you should come stop by mine sometime :)

    www.mamajillblog.blogspot.com

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  17. know what, this would also be realllly cute with a guy work shirt too! i wanna try it. thank you 'cause you give me freedom to not make it perfect and i need that or else i just end up leslierigging it, which means try to make it perfect and waste way too much time and leave the project on the coffee table for 2 weeks. also your music is delish.

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  18. so you pillow is hot diggity! lovin the color. and i will tell you, if the project calls for much more than a glue gun i am outtie!

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  19. Oh you are too fabulous! I don't know what I love more- the pinned back ears on the pillow or your little profile blurb. Love it and definite new follower! I must go search the rest of your blog. It doesn't matter if my husband is waiting for me in bed, your writing is much more inviting.

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  20. the first comment made me LOL...pimptastic...so my new word love it! and yes your pillow is pimptastic. i covet those pillows too but like you said we have to buy them RUDE. we can make them! hhmm may try this latter this week!

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  21. great idea for turning a square pillow into a roundish one...and i love the way the jimmy rigged sweater flower turned out...you must share this at fridays unfolded...please?

    blessings,

    alison
    stuff and nonsense

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  22. Jami you freaking make me laugh! i'm a huge fan of jimmy-rigging or jamirigging whatever! your pillow is soo cute. your dad is adorable. and when i saw the picture of your daughter peeking out the window... I DIED! freaking cute!!! why is it that grandparents don't follow the rules? when my dad interacts with my kids i just look at him and say WHO ARE YOU??? this so wouldn't of flown when i was a kid. to which he says i'm older and more mature now, it's a waste to fret the small stuff.
    MMMMKAY. whatever
    xxO

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  23. Love the jimmy rigging! You crack me up. I'm pretty sure that's how I do all my projects! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Mallory
    http://mallicious.blogspot.com/

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  24. I am impressed by your mad skills with a glue gun!
    That little peeper is cute as can be.

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  25. what a fabulous idea to sew the corners back! love the pillow;)

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  26. That is GORGEOUS!! Absolutely gorgeous! i am going to share a link on my blog!

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  27. I am your newest follower! I just spent a ridiculous amount time going through your archives. So, I figured I might as well "follow" you! Must. Get. To. Bed.

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  28. I love that you jimmy rig things.. YOur creative and thats how we figure out how to get things done! lol

    love the pillow
    heidi
    chickhardware.blogspot.com

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  29. What a terrific idea and you did a great tutorial. LOVE your pillow!

    I found your pretty blog thru Friday Unfolded at Nonsense and Stuff. I did a post, too, and would love for you to come visit me!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  30. I am commenting AGAIN because I just finished making this sweater pillow. Only I did no sewing and hot glued it all! Bwhahaha! I even sewed back the corners of a square pillow! But the back doesn't look too ghetto cause I used one hole sleeve.

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  31. That is SUCH a cute pillow! I definitely take short cuts too in some of my projects :)
    I also LOVED your post about the importance of blogging, in fact I quoted you in my "why i blog" post! Hope you don't mind :)
    -Amy
    dwell in the season

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  32. so creative! i love it. and i love that last photo too :)

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  33. that pillow is FANTASTIC!! i'm so glad you posted this...i've got my project for next weekend! :) happy monday!

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  34. That is jimmy rigging at its best :). Turned out beautifully!

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  35. So that's where you get your sexy poses?

    And, included with my hand painted sign, I'll take this pillow too.

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  36. I love that! I'm all about zero sewing too. So cute!

    ~Jessa
    www.jessajill.blogspot.com

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  37. Love this pillow! And I'm all about taking the easy way out when possible. ^.^ Followed over from Hope Studios and so glad I did!

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  38. You've already busted a pillow out?! I thought I was doing well to pin the photo from Heather's blog onto my Pinterest board of projects.

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  39. shut your mouth right now.
    i am not going to make this pillow b/c i have no time to cut up my husband's sweater, but i will be making flowers like this for the yarn wreath I have been working on for like 45 days.

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  40. I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Linky Party! The link is below!
    Smiles,
    Melanie
    Reasons To Skip The Housework
    Tuesday Time Out Link Up Party

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  41. wow, you have a really great eye.

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  42. If it makes you feel better I tricked my husband out of 4 of his shirts to make a quilt.

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  43. Hi, loved your post over at handmadehome! This sweater idea is brilliant! I'm new to the blog world & this project I will be trying! Thank you!

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