Tip # 58 Create a Pillow Case
In “101 Tips for Military Families Experiencing Absence or Deployment” I suggested making a pillowcase that they could lay their head on every night that would be comforting. When I wrote it I was thinking that you could put a picture of your loved one and some comforting things to help your children. Since I decided to “Live it” this week I took some time to think about what would be fun to do and practical (I always love it when these two combine!).
So, I decided to go through my husband’s closet and use some of his older t-shirts to make a pillow case out of. The older t-shirts are soft, my husband has dropped 60Lbs and all his older t-shirts are too big so I wasn’t worried about him freaking out about their repurposing! If you have any doubt, lay them out, take a picture and send it to your loved one asking if there any you can use. Look through your own too and see if there are any that would work for this.
My kids have a lot of happy memories attached to some of those shirts and they realized that their Dad would too so we actually made 3 pillowcases and sent one over to him so that he could have something comforting too! This gave our family comfort, something to do together as a family and something we can treasure.
Here is a link for a no sew pillow if you just want something easy and fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1EZPhRpCMA
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