Puff Pillows

I have been doing the Marie Kondo thing and ripping apart the house. It’s an on-going process that’s been lasting months. The Marie Kondo method of cleaning involves looking at an object and asking yourself, does it bring me joy? If the object does then it stays in the keep pile, if not then it gets discarded/donated. I have a lot of craft supplies squirrelled away. I’d say 98% of it brings me joy but it takes up a lot of room. The only way I’m going to get rid of this stuff is to use it up, this is where the puff pillows come in.

What to do with dozens of balls of dollar store, made in China, knock off fun fur? I’ve had this yarn sitting in my stash for probably 8-9 years. I bought it to make hats, scarves or something for the grandkids. It suddenly occurred to me that I could make pillows out of them and give them away for Christmas. Surely the kids will like furry colourful pillows? Regardless the stash pile is dwindling somewhat, everybody gets a pillow (insert evil laugh – whaa haha).

Each pillow was knit on a 6.5 mm 24” cable needle. The square pillows had a cast-on of about 80 stitches and took 8 balls of yarn. They fit an ikea 20” pillow insert and although the finished tube isn’t 20” square , it stretches to fit the pillow no problem. I cast on 100 stitches for the 16” x 26” pillow and knit 10 balls of yarn because that’s all I had in those colours. I probably could have knit another four balls of yarn to make it fit better but I had to go with what I had but the resulting pillow is pretty tight.



Nice mindless knitting in the round and the finished pillows do look awesome. Whether the grandkids like them is another story but I guess if the pillow doesn’t Bring them joy they can always donate them.


4 responses to “Puff Pillows

  1. What a pretty use for fun fur! I love it! I also love that you are doing the Kondo thing but not just sending your unloved balls of yarn off to a thrift store to get them out of your space. It’s easy to bag the unwanted things up and send them off but it’s more challenging to rethink and find other projects for them.

  2. Thank you. It’s easy to get caught up in the Kondo cleaning frenzy, thinking you have to get rid of things because they’ve sat there for a while. I agree with you about challenging myself. I’m currently watching a British show where the host goes to the “tip” and reclaims three items that are being tossed. She passes two of the items on to local artisans to repurpose and then takes an item herself to refurbish. Then she goes out and sells the finished items. The show is called Money From Nothing. It’s made me realize I could be a lot more creative in my thinking.

  3. good morning Karen, found your blog via your posts re: the Mastering Miniatures quilt. I was recently given the kit and am working my way through, but the last two block groups of the month are missing. (40-50-ish). If you haven’t finished the quilt would you be willing to sell those two groups? Shouting NO in a big loud voice is perfectly acceptable 😉 and expected, but it never costs to ask. Loved the little house posts, I could easily adapt to small space living. I started FlyLadying in 2000 and am a confirmed convert to less is more. Thank you for sharing what you do, Sharyn, in SW Washington USA.

    • Hi Sharyn,

      I haven’t given up on the quilt yet but I will check my kit and see if I possibly have any extra fabric. No promises but I do have a box of civil war fabric that was a surprise box from the Fat Quarter Shop and some of the fabric did match that quilt. Stuff is buried so give me a day or two to get back to you.


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