Our Monthly Tip: Make a Memory Pillow from Your Loved One’s Clothes

Preserve your loved one's personality in a special memorial gift
A homemade memory pillow sitting on the floor with a pile of fabric

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Our Tip of the Month

As a teen, I spent one summer at my grandmother’s house helping her make a bird-themed pillow cover from scratch. I still have this homemade pillow, and whenever I look at it, I’m reminded of her.

A memory pillow is a simple yet personal way to think of your loved one. It’s also a great way to re-purpose your loved one’s old clothing or favorite blanket. These are the items that are hardest to give away after a loved one dies, so why not make one of them into a pillow that you can keep forever?

A homemade memory pillow with a detailed and colorful triangle pattern

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How-to Suggestion 

Identify the fabrics that your loved one cared about. Did she have a favorite jacket? A beloved blanket? A pile of unused fabric that she wanted to make into a quilt? Once you have your fabric, cut it into strips or other patterns that best represent your loved one’s personality. Try the “log cabin” pattern for a layered look, or you can research any other quilt patterns that appeal to you. Once you follow the instructions on the quilting pattern, sew the pattern together, then stuff the pillow. You can make the memory pillow as large or small as you’d like. You can even create dozens of small throw pillows that you can give to your family and friends as memorial gifts at the end of the funeral service.

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