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Make Interchangeable Envelope Message Pillows! {tutorial}

Hello Tatertots & Jello readers…
Do you know how HAPPY I am to be visiting here today?
I am a LUCKY girl!
I’ll be sharing my “Message Pillow” with you wonderful people,
I hope you like it as much as we do…

.But first let me introduce myself..

I am Desirée and I blog at The 36th Avenue.

The inspiration behind these pillows came from a sign that I made for my girls bedroom
from a quote that I found at Pinterest…. While making this simple sign I started thinking about how grateful I am for my family and how cute it would be for them to go to bed with a little reminder of my gratitude and love for them…
Every Christmas I make a pillow case for each of my kids.
This year I decided to add some fun EXCHANGEABLE pockets to them and give the pillow away in the last day of October. Since November is Thanksgiving month me and my husband will fill up those packets with notes that express why we are grateful for each of our children individually…
Here is the TUTORIAL:
All you need for this project is fabric, felt, scissors, embellishments of your choice and a glue gun.
Make the pillow case. I did mine using as a pattern another pillow case.
If you have a pillow case you love just skip this step.
Cut the length of a 9×12 piece of felt in half and then fold it in half again to make a pocket.
Trace the shapes of the themes of your pockets in the fabric and cut them out.
I thought it would be fun to change the pocket during the year accordingly to the seasons and special occasions. I made a little pattern for you just in case you need some help with the shapes.
{ click on the picture for the original size }
So I ended cutting a Christmas Tree, a little bird for Easter, a cupcake for birthdays and a heart for Valentines and Thanksgiving {have a thankful ♥}
Some other great ideas could include a tooth for the Tooth Fairy,or an apple for Back to School…
The possibilities are endless…
Attach the shapes to the pockets…. Time to sew!
Get creative, show your taste and decorate your pockets…
I used buttons, ribbon and yarn for mine.
…I think the little bird is my favorite 😉
Close the pocket.
I used thin yarn to stitch both sides of the pocket together.
Add Velcro dots to the back of the pockets and to the pillow.
Now all you have left is to fill up those pockets with best wishes, love notes,
inspiring thoughts, yummy treats and sweet dreams…
Now I better go since I have 3 more pillows to make….
Thank YOU Jen for having me another month.
I enjoy every second of being here!
The 36th AVENUE

Oh my goodness — are those not the cutest things ever???

I am so excited that Desiree is going to be a monthly contributor on TT&J.
We are going to have so much fun!!
Be sure to check out these other awesome ideas from 38th Avenue —

Be sure to follow along with Desiree @ The 36th Avenue – you will love her ideas as much as I do!!

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  1. This is completely adorable! I want to make one in blue.

  2. What an awesome tutorial! I will definitely be bookmarking this one! ;D

  3. (Not related to this post) I try to not complain, but the “share” button that you’ve installed onto the website is a bit annoying and often blocks content I’m trying to read. Otherwise, fun blog, carry on :)

  4. So cute! I love The 36th Avenue! She has the most amazing projects! Plus, her personality is awesome!

  5. These are just too cute! Thank you for sharing these:)

  6. This is such a cute project! The options are so endless as to what to do. I love the idea of special messages for the kids!

  7. I lvoe the name of your blog!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!

  8. Beautiful things!! Oh how I need inspiration! :)

  9. those are so cute. what a great idea for the kids to make the holidays more special

  10. This is the cutest thing. I must find some cute pillow cases ASAP. I am not much of a sewer, but I am sure I can handle the pocket part. This is the best idea ever. Thanks! I am adding it to my pintrest board!!

  11. I love this! What a sweet idea. I think anything with pockets is phenomenal, especially a pillow.:)

  12. What a great idea … I just love it!

  13. I love all of the ideas I get from BOTH of your blogs! Saying hi from 36th Ave…

  14. I love this idea, I love 36th Avenue and I love Tatertots and Jello! :o)

  15. Desiree I just LOVE this idea. One of my greatest memories growing up were the messages and notes my Mom would leave me. They would be a note left by the mirror in our bathroom or laying on my pillow. I loved receiving them and cannot wait to do the same for my boys as they get older. This idea is just a sweet and simple perfect way to add this idea in my head. You are so clever.

  16. I just love this pillow idea! What a wonderful thing to do to express your thankfullness to someone else!

  17. I LOVE this!! what a cute idea… I will surely be trying this to put in my boys hope chest for when i redo thier rooms…so exciting… i love crafty blogs :)

  18. Thanks Jen for sharing this great project from Desiree @ The 36th Avenue

  19. Elisabeth says:

    What a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing with us, and introducing me to 36th Avenue! Another great crafting blog!

  20. Here from The 36th Avenue, but who am I kidding, I’m here all the time anyways! Love following both of you!! : )

    Have a great week!

  21. Ah, I love the idea of making a new pillowcase for my daughter for the Holiday’s. The adorable changeable message pockets make it so sweet. Thanks for sharing your talent Desiree.
    Smiles, Paula

  22. Jen… Thank YOU so much for havin me!

    So exciting!


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