I just had to show you all this incredibly thoughtful take on our popular diy Flaxseed Warming Pillows that my friend, Mary, from Front-Porch-Ideas-And-More shared with me! When someone takes inspiration from something I wrote about, puts their own spin on it, and makes it into something beyond special – well that’s just a huge blessing and honor to me.
Mary’s sister’s husband was killed tragically in an auto accident and Mary’s idea was to use some of his clothing for memory gifts like throw blankets and pillows. When she saw the Flaxseed Pillow Tutorial, she was inspired to use the sleeves of her brother-in-law’s shirts to make warming pillows for her sister and her children. Isn’t that brilliant? And so incredibly appropriate – the sleeves that covered the arms that used to hug them can now warm them. (sniff…are your eyes tearing up, too?) Mary wrote:
My sister and kids love the flaxseed pillows. They were very touched by those. Thank you again for the wonderful idea.
Of course the application of this idea can be wider spread and apply to clothing from anyone special to you, using grandparents, parents and even children’s clothes. Basically anything that was special to someone you love (or even yourself!) can be made into a loving pillow to warm them on chilly nights or help soothe aches and pains.
A couple points to remember when using clothing for Flaxseed Warming Pillows:
- Mary mentioned that when using clothing (often made of thinner material than the heavy cotton I recommend for the pillows) it’s a good idea to double the fabric. She used two sleeves for each pillow and said that this made them a lot more richer feeling.
- Make sure that the clothing fabric is 100% cotton. Any polyester or non-cotton fabric like modal or microfiber will react with the flax when microwaved, causing moisture and even potentially melting. I would assume that 100% linen or wool flannel would be okay, but I’ve never tried it, so I’d suggest testing it first to be sure it’s okay before gifting the pillow.
I hope I can find some of my father-in-law’s shirts to make these with, as I think everyone who’d receive one would be as touched as Mary’s family, don’t you? Can you think of an application for this loving, thoughtful gift idea as well?
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