House Pillow

This is the first pillow I’ve sewn since I made a giant frog HST pillow in 7th grade home ec. All I remember is being tired of ironing, so maybe that’s why it’s taken me so long to make another one :)

I really wanted to make a replica of my house in pillow form so I sketched out this design:


It was the first time I had ever tried anything like this, and now that it is done, I would have pieced it differently. But I like how it ended up (pretty much). Here are a few images of when I was piecing and laying things out.

house process

See? It looks just like it! :)

Here’s the finished pillow on our bench seat


9 thoughts on “House Pillow

    • Sure! I’d be happy to answer any questions. In a nutshell, it’s a little under 200 square feet and includes a loft where we sleep. We built it on a trailer and towed it over the mountains to where we live now. There were a few reasons we built it. We wanted to move, but couldn’t sell our house so this was a quick and cheaper way to get a place to live and not be burdened by high payments (we rent our big house out now). My husband wants to build us a house in the future so this was a good practice project. And also, we just felt a really strong need to live more simply and with less stuff surrounding us. Living in 200 sq. feet is a good way to do that :)

  1. I love your story! If ever you chose to blog about all of the above it would very interesting. Would love to see photos of how you arrange such a small space too. Would love to live in the mountains myself, I grew up in the foothills of subtropical mountains here in Australia (my father was a banana grower). For now we live in a regular older house in a country town with our 8 children all still at home and homeschooling. I love the idea of living more simply and compared to many Americans we already do. We plan to downsize one day when most the children have grown and left home.

    • Thank you so much! I do have a blog about it :) However we kept it anonymous as living in it is a legal grey area. I would be happy to email you the link to it though. You should have a blog about homeschooling 8 children! Or maybe you already do, I’ve only read a few posts on your blog (now I’ll have to check it out even more!). I don’t have any children yet, but I’m already thinking about homeschooling. Have you enjoyed it?

      • I would love to read more from your other blog. My email is
        I share only a little of homeschooling on my blog. I enjoy the benefits which homeschooling brings to our family, particularly closer relationships all round and more family autonomy. You can help develop each ones’ interests and character more too etc. However it is a big time commitment. I guess this is why I blog about life and creative outlets rather than spending more time focusing on “school”. Our homeschooling has a good routine but isn’t flashy. We don’t have a dedicated room etc and prefer to blend learning with everyday life where possible.

      • Just emailed you :) I can understand you wanting to use your blog for your creative outlets instead of school. But it is really fascinating to me. I love the idea of being able to tailor school things more to interests and merge life and learning. I might have to pick your brain in the future!

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