It was this sweater.
A nice little purple cotton zippered hoodie that she got from American Eagle.
She gave it to me because it was ruined with two or three of these:
Basically she gave it to me because it had a really nice metal zipper and she knew I'd enjoy ripping the zipper out and using it for something else.
But when I ripped the zipper out, I felt kind of guilty just throwing the rest of the holey sweater away.
With Toni Janome, and this pattern in mind, along with a few scraps of fabric from my stash, I made Youngest Younger Sister this:
A little birdie pillow.
I used a coordinating fat quarter I had in my stash for the back of the pillow.
All I did was applique a birdie out of some scraps on the back of the sweater. Then I cut out a decent sized square from the back of the sweater (I left the bottom ribbing in because I thought it gave an interesting effect. Maybe it looks like grass...and the birdie is floating over it...ha ha!).
Then I just sewed an identical sized square of the aforementioned fat quarter onto the back, stuffed it, and sewed it shut.
(But seriously, who doesn't know how to make a pillow in theory at least?)
I'm really pleased with the way it turned out. The pillow could use to be a bit fluffier, but I ran out of stuffing!
Now, just as she kept forgetting to mail me down the sweater, I need to remind myself to mail her up the pillow!