Monday, November 7, 2011

“Not Tonight” Pillow {White Elephant Gift}

I love Thanksgiving!
In fact, I’m currently working on some Thanksgiving projects, but they aren’t quite ready yet. We did get our Thankful Tree up, though. LOVE this tradition. This is the 3rd year we’ve done it and my kids really get into it.

In the meantime, I’ve had several guest posts the last couple of months that I haven’t posted here, so I thought I would share one of those with you today.
If anything, I hope it makes you laugh.Open-mouthed smile

Do you all have someone that is extremely difficult to shop for? You know, the person who buys everything for themselves? Or the one who you think you’ve picked out the perfect thing, only to discover it in their basement months later collecting dust? So you try to play it safe with gift cards, and they don’t ever use them?

So what do you get this person? I have found the best approach is some sort of “spoof” or white elephant gift.
Give them the gift of laughter.
And that’s just what the NOT TONIGHT pillow is.

Let’s face it. Sometimes at the end of the day, we are too exhausted to even speak.
That’s why it’s very considerate to just set out your throw pillow with your “mood”. No discussion necessary.
Some nights maybe you send this message:
Other nights this:
See this gift is gender neutral and practical? Who couldn’t use another throw pillow on their bed, right?
Plus it’s a fast and easy gift to sew.
Here’s how:
I used my Silhouette to cut my heat transfer, but you could easily cut the heat transfer with an Exacto knife if you don’t have a cutting machine! Just make sure you cut it mirror-imaged, so when you peel away the negative space of the heat transfer and stick it on to your fabric, it’s correct.
Place a cloth over the heat transfer and apply pressure with a hot iron for about 45-60 seconds. Peel the clear film away. If the heat transfer is still sticking to the clear film, iron again.
Once you have the heat transfer applied, it’s a standard pillow.
1. Place the two pieces of fabric for the pillow RST (right sides together). Using 1/2” seam allowance, sew around the perimeter, leaving about a 10” hole to turn the fabric out and stuff the pillow form in.
2. Clip corners and turn inside out.
3. Stuff pillow form in.
4. Handstitch opening closed using a blind stitch.
A fun white elephant gift for anyone!
Happy Monday everyone!


  1. i absolutely love this. It made me laugh out loud, and I really needed the laugh today... thank you!

  2. Ha! Not sure if my hubby would allow that one!

  3. OK this is so funny! I am totally making this for myself haha

  4. Ha! I love it! I may make this for our Dirty Santa gifts

  5. This is great!! LOL! I need this for myself haha!

  6. Definitely borrowing the idea for a couple of Christmas gifts this year!! So cute!!

  7. This is such a funny gift!! lol!

  8. I have been making sets of 2 pillowcases (one for the wife and one for the husband) and both have a YES and a NO on either side of the pillow, but I like your's better! Thank you for sharing.


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