The Christmas season can get busy, stressful and expensive. This Do-It-Yourself gift idea is not only easy on the wallet, it's also fun to make! Best of all, you can find everything you need at your local Salvation Army Family Store.
Before you start, you'll need a shirt that you don't mind cutting up, sharp scissors and a pillow form.
Once you have all your materials and tools, take the shirt you picked and lay it flat on a table, or other hard surface, making sure that the front and back is lined up at the bottom hem.
Next, lay your pillow on the torso part of the shirt and cut the shirt into a square around the pillow.
Setting the pillow aside, begin cutting strips into the fringe of your square piece. Start at one corner and make each strip roughly 3" long and a 1/2" wide. When you get to each corner, cut a diagonal strip and remove the leftover triangle of fabric. Do this around the whole square.
The next step is to tie each pair of strips into a square knot. A square knot is "left over right, then right over left" and is good and strong.
Continue tying square knots on three sides of your fabric so that you're left with an opening.
The last step is to put your pillow into the opening and tie all the knots on the 4th side.
And, abracadabra! Now you have a perfect gift! You could even go a step further and decorate your pillow to make it personal for the person you give it to. Have a Merry Christmas!