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Hey Skip to My Lou readers! I’m Tam from Sew Dang Cute Crafts.
One of the most popular things on my blog is the “Crafting with the Stars” competition {Currently in Round 1 BTW). However, my site is also full of tutorials and projects that are mostly DIY and sewing, and I do venture out of my comfort zone every now and then in other areas – even paper crafting.
I’m thrilled to be here today participating in the Handmade Holiday Craft, Bake, & Sew Along. It’s been a great series so far, with lots of great gift ideas!
Do you all have someone that is extremely difficult to shop for? You know, the one 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!
Thanks for having me! I hope you will all come visit me over at Sew Dang Cute Crafts.
You can find more Christmas gift ideas like the “Family” Motto sign or the Charlotte Russe Inpsired Skirt.
Merry Christmas and Happy Sewing!

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  1. Hmmm. My son just started reading…I wonder if he’ll ask not “what” tonight? hahaha I may have to ban him from my room : ) Too cute!

  2. Holy crap! I love it! DH always jokes that he wants something like they have at Rodigio or those Brazilian BBQ all you can eat meat places. You know, the little marker that has green on one side and red on the other to indicate if you’re, uh, hungry or not 😉 This pillow is totally just like that! So so funny!

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