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Memory Pillows From Clothing

A few months ago, a friend of mine shared a picture of a memory pillow from clothing that she’d found on Facebook.  I immediately thought the idea was perfect for some of my family members after the recent passing of my nephew in September.

My niece Jen collected the shirts and had the embroidery done by a local shop, and I went to work making the pillow covers:  one each for my great-niece and nephew and one for my sister and brother-in-law.

We used a plaid shirt in Harley colors for my great-nephew.  His pillow is a 16″ x 16″ size.

memory pillow

My great niece’s pillow was made from a shirt that her daddy had recently worn to a family wedding.  The hot pink embroidery really stands out on this 18″ x 18″ one!
memory pillowThe last pillow cover was for my sister and brother-in-law, and as soon as they opened the package on Christmas Eve, my sister recognized this blue striped shirt that her son wore to his job interviews.
memory shirt pillow cover

memory pillow

We shed a few tears when these were opened and passed around on Christmas Eve, but I think they all appreciated having something of their father and son to hold onto.

pillow back

pillow back zipper

The actual sewing of these pillow covers was not difficult, but these were without a doubt the most difficult sewing projects I’ve ever done.  It was sad work cutting up Chad’s clothes and sewing them back together to make keepsakes for his family members.  In spite of that, I’m thankful for the opportunity to make something meaningful for the ones he left behind.

If anyone is interested in having a pillow made from a loved one’s clothing, feel free to contact me for prices and options.   You can contact me via email at mygrandmasews(at)gmail(dot)com or on my Facebook page at .


10 thoughts on “Memory Pillows From Clothing

  1. That is very nice!!

  2. What a thoughtful and special gift :’) So sweet to use your talent to bless others. This is a perfect gift!

    1. Thank you, Terra!

  3. I love this idea! I wish I would have thought about it years ago, before we got rid of things from late family members clothing.

    1. It is a nice idea! I can’t take credit for the idea, and I’m thankful I saw it before it was too late to get the shirts.

  4. I just recent lot my husband and found this website quite by accident. I was looking for a may to keep my husband’s memory close to me and I think this is the answer. He was a flannel shirt guy so I am sending a flannel shirt to be made into a pillow. I can hardly wait to get it.

  5. […] been making some memory pillow covers from clothing since December. ¬†Until last week, all of the memory pillows I’ve made were fashioned from […]

  6. Hi there,
    I love the embroidery on these shirts, how did you do that. As I would like to make cushions like these for my kids and other members of the family as I have recently lost my husband.

    1. Nicki,
      I hire a local business woman to do the embroidery for me. If you can’t find someone in your area who does that, you can order the embroidered patches from Etsy. You can find them by going to and typing “memory pillow patch” in the search box. I hope that helps!
      Thank you for stopping by my blog.

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