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It’s been almost a year since we moved into our new home…but it feels like I’m just now getting started making it my “real” home.  For instance, the week we moved in I had my sewing room/game room painted a beautiful color turquoise.  The only problem is… it’s a horrible color turquoise!  No matter how many times I say, as I go up the stairs to the sewing room , “I love the color!  I love the color!  I do love the color!”… I do NOT love the color.  In fact, I don’t even just sort of kind of a little bit like it.  I loathe it to be exact.

I paid a painter to paint it.  Catch my drift…???  It’s just not worth it to me right now to PAY again to have it “fixed”… so I keep trying to come up with more ways to fill the room with fabrics and items that will absorb some of the Taco Cabana blue that’s splattered everywhere.

The latest attempt ….. PILLOWS!  And not just pillows… ZIPPERED PILLOWS!

You are going to LOVE how fast and easy these are!  The crazy thing is that this zipper technique makes making the pillows with a zipper FASTER than making them without… don’t you just love me for saying that!!!!

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This is the canvas I started with… I decided to make pillows for this couch…

What a difference 3 15-minute pillows make... right!?!?  Can I get an AMEN??

What a difference 3 15-minute pillows make… right!?!? Can I get an AMEN??

 

Here’s how I made these fun little ditties…

(I’m basically doing the same thing I do for my LINED ZIPPER POUCHES… only I’m not lining these.  If you’re using stuffing instead of a pillow form, then you’ll want to line your pillows….so just do exactly what I did for the pouches.  Only- call it a pillow instead of a pouch!)

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I started with my fabrics, some caning cord for embellishment, and zippers. (you’ll also need a pillow insert or stuffing … but seriously, you already knew that!) I used two different fabrics cut to the same size, and be sure to purchase zippers that are quite a bit longer than your pillow – trust me on this!

I first embellished the pillow the way I wanted.  I chose chair caning jute and just sewed it straight up the middle.  Then, here's where the pillow part starts, place one side of the pillow in front of you - ride side up.  Place your zipper - upside down - along the upper edge.

I first embellished the pillow the way I wanted. I chose chair caning jute and just sewed it straight up the middle. Then, here’s where the pillow part starts, place one side of the pillow in front of you – ride side up. Place your zipper – upside down – along the upper edge.

Your zipper pull should be facing down like this.

Your zipper pull should be facing down like this.

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Now sew the zipper to the pillow along the top edge like shown…. you’ll have to look closely because I chose to use white thread! sorry!!!

When you fold your zipper to the front, it should look like this.  Of course - you now need to iron it... sorry!

When you fold your zipper to the front, it should look like this. Of course – you now need to iron it… sorry!

Now put your other pillow piece on top, wrong side up, and line it up with the zipper.  Then sew to the zipper.

Now put your other pillow piece on top, wrong side up, and line it up with the zipper. Then sew to the zipper.

You'll end up with this!

You’ll end up with this!

After you press the zipper again, open up the zipper about half way... trust me - you don't want to forget this  step!

After you press the zipper again, open up the zipper about half way… trust me – you don’t want to forget this step!

Now fold the two sections over, right sides together and fold the open zipper parts like this.  Next, you'll sew down along the side, the bottom and back up the other side - forming a stitched square (the zipper making the 4th side).

Now fold the two sections over, right sides together and fold the open zipper parts like this. Next, you’ll sew down along the side, the bottom and back up the other side – forming a stitched square (the zipper making the 4th side).

Again, my thread is too light to see clearly, but if you bring your face to the screen and squint - you can see the stitching all the way around ... maybe... sort of...

Again, my thread is too light to see clearly, but if you bring your face to the screen and squint – you can see the stitching all the way around … maybe… sort of…

Oh girl - you're almost done!  clip your corners and trim off the excess zipper ends.  Turn right side out.

Oh girl – you’re almost done! clip your corners and trim off the excess zipper ends. Turn right side out.

You'll get THIS!!!  A zippered pillow!  I have made them with "hidden" zippers that take a long time, and I have made them like this in a jiffy.  Personally, I think saving an hour beats not seeing the zipper!  Maybe that's just me...

You’ll get THIS!!! A zippered pillow! I have made them with “hidden” zippers that take a long time, and I have made them like this in a jiffy. Personally, I think saving an hour beats not seeing the zipper! Maybe that’s just me…

 

Now for more photos…. the pillows’ selfies…..

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zippered pillow 19cWhat a difference a pillow makes, huh!?!

The breakdown:

Cost: I used fabric I already had and pillow forms I already had, so my only cost was zippers.  At about $2.50 each, the cost is $7.50!!!  LOVE that!

Time: Trust me when I say that you can make these pillows in about 15 minutes per pillow… after you’ve cut them out… maybe even faster if you time yourself!

I hope you’ll try this out… the worst thing that will happen???  You’ll have one very large zipper pouch for traveling!

 

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Okay – for those of you who missed the last post – I’m working very hard to create fun and meaningful spaces for my kids’ rooms.  Starting with Owen because he’s my oldest… okay, who am I kidding.  I’m starting with Owen because I like his fabric more!

Here’s my starting point:

hey ... atleast the paint color turned out nicely.

hey … atleast the paint color turned out nicely.

Here’s what transpired first:

I started the room by making his bedding.  My hope is that if all else fails, he can easily make his bed and have a nice looking albeit thoroughly trashed room!

I started the room by making his bedding. My hope is that if all else fails, he can easily make his bed and have a nice looking albeit thoroughly trashed room!

Yesterday’s post was about how to make the pillow case – super easy and super fast.  Today… let’s tackle that coverlet!

I have decided that I LOATHE duvets – especially for kids.  I’m sure you’re kids are the epitome of tidy and orderliness; however, mine inherited a few “other” qualities from me.  Hence, a coverlet instead of a duvet.  It’s lightweight but still warm.  Not as warm as a down comforter but a heck-uv-a-lot warmer than just a sheet.  Amen!?!

Here’s how to make it – a free tutorial for ya.

Please feel free to measure your bed... I, however, choose something more exact.  I just place my fabric over the bed.  Turns out this fabric is exactly the right width.  Whew.  Let's assume for the sake of this tutorial that yours is too.  (If it's not wide enough, that requires an additional step or two - for another day)

Please feel free to measure your bed… I, however, choose something more exact. I just place my fabric over the bed. Turns out this fabric is exactly the right width. Whew. Let’s assume for the sake of this tutorial that yours is too. (If it’s not wide enough, that requires an additional step or two – for another day)

Then, use another scientifically proven method of measuring:  put your finger where you'd like to cut your length.  Then cut it.  Impressed?

Then, use another scientifically proven method of measuring: put your finger where you’d like to cut your length. Then cut it. Impressed?  (don’t forget to cut it about an inch or two longer to make room for the seam allowances)

Next, you'll need to cut your back side fabric the exact same size.

Next, you’ll need to cut your back side fabric the exact same size.

You will also need some form of interlining/batting.  You can use either an official form like shown here on the left, or you can use warm fabric.  I chose to use some flannel that I had on hand.  (This started out as Owen's duvet cover until I got tired of the print.  Snaps to me for repurposing, right!?)

You will also need some form of interlining/batting. You can use either an official form like shown here on the left, or you can use warm fabric. I chose to use some flannel that I had on hand. (This started out as Owen’s duvet cover until I got tired of the print. Snaps to me for repurposing, right!?)

Now cut that interlining/batting to the same size too.

Now cut that interlining/batting to the same size too.

Now you're ready to begin assembling your coverlet to be sewn.  Start with your interlining.  Place it on the floor - it doesn't matter which side is facing up.

Now you’re ready to begin assembling your coverlet to be sewn. Start with your interlining. Place it on the floor – it doesn’t matter which side is facing up.

Next, add your top fabric with the right side facing up.

Next, add your top fabric with the right side facing up.

Then add your back fabric.  My fabric is the same on both sides.  If yours has a print, be sure to layer it on top with the WRONG side facing up.

Then add your back fabric. My fabric is the same on both sides. If yours has a print, be sure to layer it on top with the WRONG side facing up.

NOTE:  as you can see here, my back fabric is narrower than my outer fabric.  So, I layered the back fabric on top of the outer fabric with only one side lining up.  It will make sense in a minute – just be sure that you do this (instead of centering the fabric).  If your fabrics are the same width, then no problems – just line them up.

Now sew along the side that has all three layers.  Again, you should have:  back fabric on top wrong side facing up.  Outer fabric in the middle with right side facing up.  Inner lining on the bottom facing any way.

Now sew along the side that has all three layers. Again, you should have: back fabric on top wrong side facing up. Outer fabric in the middle with right side facing up. Inner lining on the bottom facing any way.

Now, sew the other side together - if your fabrics are different widths, just gently pull the back fabric over to the other side.  Turn it right side out, and center everything like you see here.

Now, sew the other side together – if your fabrics are different widths, just gently pull the back fabric over to the other side. Turn it right side out, and center everything like you see here.

 

Now sew up both the short sides - leaving a large hole on one of the sides - just like you would a pillow. (hint: it's a good idea to pin extra well here.  The fabrics are heavy and can shift without a good amount of pins.  I hate pinning, so if I say you should pin, you should pin.  just sayin'.)

Now sew up both the short sides – leaving a large hole on one of the sides – just like you would a pillow. (hint: it’s a good idea to pin extra well here. The fabrics are heavy and can shift without a good amount of pins. I hate pinning, so if I say you should pin, you should pin. just sayin’.)

Reach your hand inside, and turn the whole thing right side out.  Yes, you should press the sides - then close up that hole.  If you're one of those meticulous types, you can hand sew an invisible seam.  I, however, just topstitch it.

Reach your hand inside, and turn the whole thing right side out. Yes, you should press the sides – then close up that hole. If you’re one of those meticulous types, you can hand sew an invisible seam. I, however, just topstitch it.

This is what the backside will look like.  Oh how I love it!

This is what the backside will look like. Oh how I love it!

Now put that little darling on your little darliing's bed.

Now put that little darling on your little darliing’s bed.

It really is easy - I wouldn't lie to you!

It really is easy – I wouldn’t lie to you!

And don't forget to add the pillow ... and a coordinating $3 Ikea blanket.

And don’t forget to add the pillow … and a coordinating $3 Ikea blanket.

The options to embellish this thing are endless … I’d love to see what YOU come up with… especially if you make one with ruffles.  wink wink.

Cost: I used about 3 yards of each fabric.  The chevron fabric was $7/yd.  The orange flannel was $3/yd.  The inner lining flannel was $3/yd.  which brings me to a grand total of $39.  Not exactly cheap, but definitely a great price for customized and designer bedding.  If you count the 1/2 yard for the pillow and the $3 blanket, the grand total for this ensemble is $46.50.

Time: I am estimating this took about an hour.  A novice sewer will probably need about 2 hours to just account for checking and double checking.

I hope you found this helpful … I’ve got a lot more planned for this guy’s room … but I just might get distracted by something else first.  Like a new dress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Monday y’all!!!

Some of you may have noticed that my Etsy shop is looking more like a poor pitiful shop than an actual clothing store.  OH WELL!!!  I’m having such a great time getting my house in order that I don’t even miss creating new dresses…yet.

This weekend, I began the process of transforming my son’s room into something noteworthy.  In our last home, we kept adding kids so the rooms never quite became anything worth anything.  A quote from the first realtor to visit our old home and tour the kids’ room:  “Oh my.  Hmmmm.  This will have to change.”

Well – I am now determined for that to change!!!  Owen’s room is slated to have matching bedding, a curtained reading nook, curtains for his closet, and actually worthwhile things on his walls. (not that last time he had mis-matched girlie things on his wall, right!?  cough cough)

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Above is what I finished this weekend…. AAAAAHHH… it was SO fun!!  My son is only 7 years old so I wasn’t expecting much of a reaction to something as useless to him as fabric on his bed.  WRONG!!!  I was downstairs when he first saw it… I heard something that sounded like Super Bowl screaming coming from his room.  Then I heard, “MOOOOOM!!!  This is the Best Day Ever!!”  Be.  Still.  My.  Heart!  SEW worth it, right!?!

This has brought me such joy, I thought I’d spend the next few blog posts sharing with you how I upped the wow factor in his room.  I’ll share tutorials on easy pillowcases, easy coverlets, and easy fabric curtain panels.  I’m hoping that some of you will find these helpful!

Let’s start with the pillowcase… mostly because it’s fewer photos and that’s all I had time to download today.  (Apparently, the kids’ school thinks they need to be wearing “official” uniforms and not chevron fabric, so laundry has to be done.  UGH!)

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If you google “how to make a pillow case”, you’re gonna find all kinds of crazy patterns that take about 14 or 15 steps. Seriously!?! It’s a pillow case. It’s gonna get drool and vomit on it. Why spend a whole day making one!!! Here’s I do it: Grab a pillow case that you already own. lay it on top of the fabric that you want to use. You can see here that my fabric is narrower than the pillowcase I’m using for my pattern, but it’s okay. It’s okay because it’s close enough. If it were much narrower, I probably wouldn’t use it, but since it’s close – bam. I’m using that baby! (also worth noting: I’m able to keep the selvege edges as they are. There is no need to hem them on this fabric. If you need to hem up the opening edges, you’ll need a little bit more fabric than I’m using.)

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Be sure you match the folded edges together and the open edges together.

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Then cut out your fabric just a bit larger on the sides than your pillowcase pattern. We’re going to do a French Seam, so you’ll want to cut your fabric about 1/4″ or so bigger than you usually would … but just eyeball it. Pillowcases are very forgiving!

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A french seam is a seam that enclosed – meaning you can’t see the edges on the inside. It will make sense in a minute. I like to use this seam on pillowcases because they get a lot of laundering. The French Seams keep the inside of the cases nice and tidy. To do it – sew up the sides of the pillow case WRONG SIDE TOGETHER, I know, weird, and use a very narrow seam allowance.

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Now, turn your pillow case inside out and press those sides.

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Now you will do another seam down the sides. Be sure that your seam allowance it enough to fully encase the seam on the inside. If you do too small of a seam allowance, you’ll have fabric sticking out when you turn it back right side out. Now you have a French Seam Pillow Case.

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Since I’m not hemming the selvedge edges (aka: leaving the opening unhemmed), I needed to be sure to reverse stitch my seams extra well and clip those tails very well.

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This is kind of a whompy photo – but I wanted to show the inside so you can see the french seam. (at this point, I’m wondering why sometimes I capitalize French Seam and sometimes I don’t. Are you wondering that too?) Anyway, you can see the enclosed french seam on the right.

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When you turn it right side out and press the side seams – Here’s what you get!!! I love it. It was super fast … that makes me so happy!

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Coming next – how to make that easy coverlet! And I do mean easy!

There you have it y’all… how to make a very fast and easy pillow case!

Breakdown:

Time: I think this took me 15 minutes…and that was with taking pictures.  You CAN DO THIS!!!

Cost: pretty darn cheap.  I used leftover fabric from the coverlet … but lets’ see… I think I used about 1/2 yard of fabric, so for me – $3.50.  YAAAAAAY!

I hope you’ll make a million of these.  Be sure to invite someone over to spend the night just so you can offer them a brand spanking new pillowcase!

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve found myself glued to the television and to NPR today.  Much like ten years ago, I can’t seem to hear enough about the details of that day.  It’s funny, isn’t it, how in just a moment or with just a picture we can be transported right back to that day – as if it was yesterday.

I remember that day, even menial details of the day, so vividly.  I’m sure you do, too.  My parents always spoke of the Kennedy assassination by first saying, “I know exactly where I was when I got the news.”  I used to think that was crazy.  Now I understand.  Almost as if frozen in a viewfinder, I can see myself, my husband, our friends visiting from NY, and the Boston skyline.  It began as such a beautiful day, didn’t it.

Well – today it seemed kind of strange and disingenuous to post a How-T0 Craft project … but I also wanted to keep up with Celebrate Sewing month.  So I found a solution.  What I call a “Message Pillow.”  “A pillow that has a message.

I don’t think any sentiment could be more accurate on a day like today.  I know for sure I really will remember that day for the rest of my life.  So, I feel confident this pillow will be an asset to my home!

If you’d like to make one, here’s how I did it:

I created a Word document so that I could print out the numbers and letters to use as templates. (My daughter snuck up and erased one of the 1's...)

Then, just before I noticed that the other 1 was missing, I printed the document on Inkjet Fabric Sheets using the "best quality photo" setting. (These are photocopying pages made out of cotton fabric!)

Peel off the backing on the fabric sheets. Apply Heat And Bond to the message - before cutting out the letters and numbers precisely.

Then, cut out the characters and pull of the backing to th e Heat and Bond. Take a straight edge, and row by row determine the placement of your message.

Iron on the characters row by row. I like to put a piece of cheese cloth over the message first, then do another ironing once they're nice and set.

Your first row will look like this.

Then like this.

You can stop with just the Heat and Bond, but I like to actually sew the pieces to the pillow.

Trim off all those threads, finish up your pillow form and stuff. You've got a message on a pillow.

I love that this technique is SO easy and SO fun – you can pretty much create a pillow to “say” whatever is on your mind…

Like this one from Alexandraferguson.Etsy.com

Or this one from Olivehandmade.Etsy.com

I hope you’ll make one of these for yourself … but maybe one with a slightly more upbeat message …. like

LET’S ROLL!

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Well – we all knew it was too good to be true – 5 days in a row of posting and keeping my commitment!  Yesterday, Day 6, I flubbed.  If you knew how much vomit messy my house was, you’d give me a “Get out of Jail Free” pass instantly! I have chosen not to take photos of this mess, so you’ll have to go on my word!

So, for today – I plan on catching up!

I’ll share my guest blog appearance now … and introduce you to another talented friend of mine tonight!

Right after I sent an email to my sewing cronies about having them appear as guest bloggers here, I was delighted to receive my own invitation to become a guest blogger.  Sooooo exciting!  It was from Kirsten over at www.AllFreeSewing.com.  I am a “Sewing Designer” on that site, and she wrote asking me to blog at her sister site www.FaveCraftsblog.com in honor of … you guessed it, National Sewing Month.

I thought about it for about a millisecond.  Then I replied YES!

Here is what I created for that guestblogger appearance:

A People Pillow! My little darlings forever captured here as little fabric dolls!

I giggle everytime I look at this pillow - kitchy for sure!

If you’d like to see how I made this – using printable fabric – head on over to this post.  And be sure to browse around FaveCraftsBlog.com!

See y’ all tonight!

 

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My little Rosamund is growing.  For some reason, with this baby, I’m very much aware of how fast this season slips away.  I’m tearing up as I type this – quick, somebody mention the weather!  Anyway, Rosamund was a surprise baby after a long discussion that we were very happy with our two children.  We were STUPID!  Rosamund is the absolute most wonderful gift any and all of us could’ve ever received … we are all grateful for her … and for her smiles in the morning!

Anyway…to the reason I sat down to post…what to do with a bored baby.  Where was I?

My little Rosamund is growing.  She is growing and she is getting bored!  Because we got rid of all things baby about 3 months before I found out I was pregnant, we have nothing for her to “do.”  No cool toys dangle over her while she lays on the floor, no rattles, no shiny things.  You get my point.  Poor little three-month-old has nothing to do.

So what do I do?

I make her something! I decided to start with something to dangle from her carseat.  (Confession:  I’m not a homebody!  Rosamund spends a lot of time in her carseat … but I’m convinced she loves it!)

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This is proof that they really do entertain that bored baby!

These are really very simple to do, and I think they look awesome!  (is that bragging?  I hope not!)… The neat thing about these is that they can do all sorts of things – hand from a carseat, serve as a rattle, hand from a doorknob to welcome those who enter, serve as a sachet if filled with lavender, hang from a bath towel in the guest bath, a pincushion, etc, etc, etc.  I can’t wait to make more – I think I’ll make different shapes next time.  I’m not typically a heart person…but these were for Rosamund whom I heart!

Here’s how YOU can make them too:

Cut out your shapes. You'll need two cutouts for every piece. I was making 3 hearts, so I needed 6 cutouts.

For dangling toys, cut strips. Again, i was making 3 so i cut 3 strips. (If you're making pincushions or sachets, you can omit this step)

For each strip, fold it over right sides together and sew up the length, leaving both ends open.

Turn the tubes right side out and PRESS!

Put your tubes aside for a moment and locate your shapes. Mine have probably disappeared underneath a pile of laundry at this point. Anyway, once you've found them, fuse interfacing/stabilizer to EACH piece. (This keeps the fabric firm when you stuff it)

Add your rick rack or any other type of embellishment now.

Next attach the tubes. You can see I've extended the tube outside my shape so that I can be sure to catch it with my needle. Also, I've secured the tube inside the shape with pins so that I don't catch that part with my needle. Do this with all your shapes.

Sew all the way around but leave an opening for turning. (Yep, this is exactly like making a pillow!)

Turn them all right side out and PRESS! (Be sure to remove the pins before turning - otherwise OUCH!)

Now stuff with fiberfill.

If you're making toys for babies, put a couple of bells inside before closing it up.Put a pin to close up the opening and handstitch it closed.

Put them where you want them and mark where to put the snaps / buttonholes.

Finally, attach the closures of your choice (snaps or buttons and button holes) and trim the tube straps. Then, place on the carseat and watch in awe at the amazement of your little darling! Oh that this would last forever!

These really do look adorable.  I put Rosamund in her carseat this morning and she literally grinned.  REWARD!!!

I think these would make awesome Ring-Bearer pillows…can’t you just see a darling little boy carrying one of these dangling hearts down the aisle!  Dreamy!

Here’s the Breakdown:

Time: hmmm.  I didn’t do them all at one time because I didn’t have rickrack or fiberfill..so I’m going to guess about an hour.  I know, an HOUR is an eternity…but this one was worth it!

Cost: CHEAP!  Use scraps for the shapes, so the only cost is Rick Rack – about $1.50, fiberfill – about $2 for the bag but you’ll have tons left over, and snaps – about $2.  Total cost: $5.50!

That’s all for now – I really enjoyed making these!

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Our version of a Family Crest

I started this pillow way back in February during the awesome Sewing Weekend!  At the time, we thought we’d be naming our daughter Livia, so I created this pillow with slightly different monogramming…. so, as with anything left undone in my home, it took me a very long time to tend to the alteration.  Of course, once I took the time to complete it, it only took about 5 minutes….UGH, why am I such a dunce with completing things????

In lieu of an official tutorial, I’ll just tell you what I did…

I made a pillow out of a beautiful linen fabric – yes, I used scrap pieces from curtains that are hanging in my living room and dining room.  You can use whatever you want and make it whatever size you want.  Before joining the front and back pieces, I pinned ribbon to one of the sides in the shape of the letters I wanted to use.

(To explain “Jroer”: I usually sign cards and gifts from our whole family as JROE…now we’ve added Rosamund, so we’ve increased to JROER.  I chose to use lower case for the letters after J!)

Then, I sewed the letters on – using a long stitch, about a 5.  I did this completely casually … meaning, I didn’t fret too much about any sort of perfection. As long as the stitch was inside the ribbon, I was happy.

Last – I sewed up the pillow, except for a hole on the side.  Stufffed the pillow with batting.  And then sewed the opening shut.  (machine sewed, not hand-sewed….even Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel use a machine to sew up their pillows, so why shouldn’t I!?!?)

I love how perfectly imperfect it is!

For Jonathan, Robie and Owen - here is a view of the initials pinned to the fabric.

then came Ellie... hence the "e"...

and our delightful little surprise Rosamund... the final "r"!

Our happy family. A fun monogrammed pillow!

******Now for a note about pillows……

I wanted this one to have that ‘potato sack’ look to it, so I just stuffed the pillow form with batting and closed it up.

If you prefer your pillows to have a more rigid, pristine shape to them, you’ll want to make another pillow form the exact size out of scrap or cheap fabric.  Stuff the cheapo version, and then stuff that pillow into the awesome pillow that you want to show off.  This will eliminate alot of the bulges and bumps that are evident otherwise.

Here is the very scientific way that I administer the batting throughout the pillow. Luckily, the soles of my shoes were clean this time!

Oh, and one more thing….

Here is the inspiration for the pillow that I made…from Etsy, of course!

from the shop MEMAKE on Etsy. So cute! go directly to the pillow here!

Just a little something for a Sunday night…

Happy week to y’all,

R of JROER!

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I found this chair on craigslist about 2 months ago for TEN DOLLARS!!  Yes, $10 smacks … that’s cheaper than 2 kids’ meals at Chick Fil A!

Originally, I thought I’d paint the frame plus adding a new slip cover to the bottom cushion.  As the baby’s nursery kept evolving; however, I ended up with a crib the same color as the bamboo of the chair…so, lucky me – I didn’t have to paint.  All I had to do was make a slip cover for the bottom cushion, purchase a large pillow form for the back, and make a pillow case for that.  done.

I am SOOOO happy with this chair…I almost can’t wait to spend a couple of sleepless nights in it.  almost.

My husband was very curious why I thought this chair was worth $10. I, of course, can't believe I got it for ONLY $10!

 

drum roll please….

Ta - Dah!

I added yellow pleats along the top and bottom edges of the seat cushion, and along the sides of the back pillow. (shhh, I used straighgrain strip instead of bias strips, and it worked just fine!!!)

I know I'm biased, but I just LOVE this chair!!! If you could see how perfectly it fits in the baby's room, I think you'd love it too... but I'm biased for sure! I started creating a tutorial for How to Slip Cover a Cusion..but I stopped at the zipper and forgot to take pictures of the assembly! sorry about that!

Let’s talk total $$$:

chair: $10

Fabric: 2 yards of 60″ wide fabric from Ikea – $15, the ruffle fabric was scrap fabric, so free.

Pillow form: $20

Total cost of Chair: $45….or Priceless, if you ask me!

 

I’m working on a post about all the things handmade in Rosamund’s room…and I’ll work on the Slip Cover Tutorial if any of you out there need one.. just let me know!!

Until then… happy sewing!

 

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I have no idea whatsoever or howsoever I came across the blog Cluck Cluck Sew that held this idea…but it was love at first felt!  Seriously, it had me at “felt.”  It sunk me at “flower”, and I was a goner by “pillow”!

I’ll post my photos first, and then I’ll include a link to Cluck.Cluck.Sew’s tutorial.  She did a fabulous job with the tutorial, so there’s no sense reinventing the proverbial felt pillow!

I cut out 2 18" squares of Amy Butler fabric. Before creating the pillow, I added the half-circles of felt onto one of the sides.

You can see the pretty aquamarine blue on the fabric better in this photo...I have a really good camera. If I would figure out how to use it, maybe I could break away from my so 3G iphone!

A little glimpse into my world of rotating rows of felt half-circles...start with the outer row and work your way into the center!

I thought you'd like one more ridiculously low-tech photo.

You should know, this is how I spent my New Year’s Eve!  I can’t tell if I’m depressed about that or elated about that.  Now that January is well under way, I’m feeling more elated; however, NYE was pretty lame around here!

Anyway, I digress….

This was super fun AND super easy.  What’s even better….it was relatively FAST and….even better than that…IT WAS FREE!

Felt – I have a ton on hand.

Fabric – you know me well enough to know that I have a ton of that on hand too!

To be fair, if you had to purchase these supplies from scratch, the cost would be approximately:

Felt: $1, Fabric: 1 yard, so about $5-10 depending upon whether you choose designer or not.

Okay, enough of me already….here’s the link to the tutorial…send me photos of YOUR pillow!

Cluck.Cluck.Sew Fabric flower tutorial

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