Air Force Academy Pillow by Speattle
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My father is a retired Air Force officer. Many years ago he was a professor at the Academy. While he was stationed there our family lived on base.
The other day I was digging through a box of childhood memorabilia and I found a very ratty, torn up and stained child size sweatshirt that had an Academy logo printed on the front. It would have been too big for me at the age I was when we lived there, so it probably was my brother's (who would have been 8 and 9 at the time). I called him and asked if it would be okay for me to disect the shirt to use the logo on the front of a pillow for our dad's birthday this month. He thought it was a good idea.
So this morning I made the pillow cover. I cut out the logo and bonded it to the front of the fabric and used a narrow satin stitch to applique the edge. The logo was probably oval originally, but through the years (and we are talking 54 of them) the shirt has been stretched and the logo distorted to more of an egg shape.
I made a simple envelope closure style and used an 18 inch pillow insert (50% off coupon at Michael's!).
The cover is made from a dot textured blue Minkee. I was warned that this fabric was difficult to sew with, but it wasn't for me. I didn't do anything special, just sewed it with regular thread and all purpose 80 needle. I did stabilize the applique with some leftover random ME stabilizer.