The inevitable always happens and it is one of life’s most devastating and depressing things we must go through. I found this pillow idea made from a shirt that the receivers father wore when he was alive. The patch was made by embroidering by a local sewing shop for not very much. The pillow would be easy to do by turning the shirt inside out sewing a square (sew just three sides) that ends between the collar, start of the sleeves and the bottom. Trim excess off. I would consider triple stitching it to ensure durability – it probably will get a lot of use. To stuff use stuffing bought by the bag or size the square to an old pillow to re-purpose. The shirt shown would need the bottom seam sewed down. I would leave the pockets useable so little keepsakes could be added to make the pillow feel even more like being close to the departed one. The patch would then need to be sewn on. Carefully hand stitch the remaining side after turning shirt right side out.
What a great way to remember a year and to make sure you will always remember the small things that happen to you during the year. Keep a jar for each person in the family or one big one for the whole family available for easy insertion of notes. When something good happens, good grades, births, graduation, weddings, things you are thankful for etc write about them on a note and insert them into a jar. The following new years eve take time to reflect on what has happen the previous year. Make it a tradition to do with your family.