Fluff

February 28, 2009

Pillow. Seems easy enough. Only thing is, I’ve never made one. My mom helped me (read: did all the hard work) make some for my made-over room when I was about 12 and that was my last experience. Funny how today’s pillow brought me back to that day over and over 🙂 Also funny was how I made mistakes and realized WHY my mom did certain things the way she did.

Warning: the fabric is eggplant (ok, a little lighter), not red. Please forgive the color shifts in the photos.

four pieces cut, ironed and placed pretty-side-facing

four pieces cut, ironed and placed pretty-side-facing

Lesson 1: do not measure and mark fabric while sitting on carpeted floor…

measure twice

measure twice

pinning and trimming
pinning and trimming

Lesson 2: consider how your material will be going through the sewing machine when pinning fabric together

If I had pinned with my left hand, I would have had an easier time pulling out the pins as I sewed.

trim again

trim again

Lesson 3: unless you’re making a placemat, make sure you leave an opening to stuff your pillow

I got so carried away in the excitement of actually sewing, I had to go back and undo about 20 stitches to create my hole.

snip corners close and carefully flip inside out

snip corners close and carefully flip inside out

Lesson 4: another lesson about that hole…put it in the middle of a side, not on the corner…will make your life easier once you have to close it by hand

stuff, fluff, close hole by hand

stuff, fluff, close hole by hand

All and all, I’m quite proud of myself. Even with the small challenges, I just kept moving along. Go me!

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For Love

February 14, 2009

I wanted to create a Valentine’s Day card using limited resources. I stumbled across some extra canvas and here is the unfolding (and folding) of this year’s V-day card for my sweetie.

matching pieces of canvas

matching pieces of canvas

I penciled in the design on the front and the message inside

I penciled in the design on the front and the message inside

stitching the front

stitching the front

stiching in the message

stiching in the message

sewing right sides out

sewing right sides out

finished cover

finished cover

finished inside

finished inside