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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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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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Most of you probably know that we spent pretty much all of last year selling our home, moving into a tiny apartment, and then finally moving into our new home.  Whew – I’m so glad that’s all over.  We are LOVING our new home and, more importantly, our new neighborhood.

I am telling the truth … we had been in our new home for all of 5 minutes before someone hollered across the street, “Welcome home!”  A few minutes later, another family stopped by to say hello and welcome.  After only two hours, we had been greeted EIGHT times!!!  This may not seem all that ground-breaking to those of you who’ve been living in Pleasantville all your life – but for us…this was a miracle!!!  We lived in our former home for almost 6 years, and we were always greeted by people looking the other way when they walked by-  even if they were on the same side of the sidewalk!!!

Here is our new home!

Here is our new home!

So, anyway, while we were waiting to move in, I whipped up a little diddy I call my Address Pillow.  I knew I was going to put our old Ikea benches on the front porch.  I knew I did not want to paint them.  Alas, I also knew they needed painting!  So, I decided to amp them up a bit by putting a large pillow with our street address on one of them.

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I used a heavy weight black and white ticking fabric for the pillow. For the numbers, I used a heavy weight felt.

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Don’t y’all want to come on over??!!! (soon there will be a mustache pillow on the other bench)

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I just freehanded the numbers, then attached them with a zigzag stitch all the way around BEFORE sewing the sides of the pillow. If you need more direction, just print out your numbers in your favorite font from your home printer, then use that as your template. Also, if your porch isn’t covered, you’ll want to use indoor/outdoor fabric – or give it a good Scotch Guard treatment.

I don’t know about you, but I really really like the pillow.  Another true story – when I meet people in the neighborhood, they invariably say, “OH, yours is the house with the pillow!”  I grin.  Inside I do a little jump and skip combo.

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Blah blah blah.

here’s the breakdown:

Time: This project probably took about an hour.  I didn’t get too caught up in making my numbers perfect, I just enjoyed the process.  You’ll need to make two pillows – one for the lining and the other for the outside, so it takes a little extra time.

Cost: Hmmm.  Felt – about $2 because I bought the good stuff.  Fabric – I purchased better ticking than I usually would since it’s an outside pillow, so I think I paid about $10.  NOTE: I will make 2 pillows with that fabric, though.  So, the real cost is $5 … bringing the pillow’s total to a whopping $7.  Bam.

So, whattya think?  Are you going to make one????

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Back in July, some friends of mine and myself got together to organize the very first Austin Craft Crowd event … a City-Wide Sewing Class. It was awesome!!!  After a full day of lessons, Austin added 22 ladies into their sewing pool – dreamy!  You can see the photos here.

Well, one of our goals was to make this sewing class more of a sewing EVENT – so we had tons of stuff to giveaway … including these pin cushions.  Each student arrived to class and found a “place setting” just like this:

fabric, pattern, and fabulous scrap pin cushion!

Well, tonight I’m at home waiting for my husband to return home from a business trip.  I’m trying to watch ACL but my hands get really fidgety just sitting still.  Soooooo, I remembered how fast and easy those pin cushions were to make.  Soooooo, I made one.  I thought you might like to see how to do it.  Truthfully, you already know how… you just may not have put the thoughts together yet.

There are juh-zillions of pin cushion patterns out there.  It’s actually a little bit crazy how much you can pay for a pin cushion pattern and/or the cushion itself.  It’s crazy because you can make a really darling pin cushion in about FOUR MINUTES and for FREE!!!  You know I don’t lie about this stuff!

In less than 4 minutes, you can make atleast one of these little darlings. (And don't I now look like a real blogger ... I've got butterfly straight pins!)

Head on over to your scrap fabric pile.

While you're watching yoru favorite band play on Austin City Limits, select two fabric for your cushion. The cushion looks really awesome and vintagey if you can convince yourself to choose two fabrics that don't necessarily match!

Put right sides together and cut out the shape of your pincushion. I cut out a large rectangle, you can do whatever you want. I will warn you: If you create a round/rounded pattern, it will be more difficult to sew up, so you'll need longer than 4 minutes.

Apply fusible interfacing to both sides. Sew around the cushion as you would a pillow, leaving a hole on one side for turning. Clip the corners and trim the seam allowances if necessary.

Turn right side out and stuff with fiberfill.

Close up the opening either by hand or machine, and now you have a darling pin cushion. Easy as pie!

I just love these. They are happy pieces. In fact, these would make great hostess or teacher's gifts... and I can see them now as place card holders!!!

So there you go – what to do with the last 4 minutes you have to yourself before going to bed!

see you soon

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It’s NEVER too late! DIY day 15

Hi friends and fellow obsessives and compelleds!  When I first decided to go ahead with this crazy idea to make something every day, my main motivation was to finally finish up the millions of unfinished projects around my house (okay, in my life!).  I am a visionary in the true sense of the word – I love coming up with ideas, figuring out what I’ll need to make it, how much it will cost, and then diving right in.  The problem is that I loathe the finishing part….especially HEMS!

Many of you have been to my home and noticed this….somehow, I’ve ended up with such lovely houseguests that only a small fraction of you ever actually said anything….but there are about 8 pillows lying around my house that have 3 sides finished and one side pinned with straight pins.  I don’t mean lying around in a dark corner somewhere, I mean PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED as if they are as they should be, straight pins and all.  And this is just the pillows, I am not even going to mention the unhemmed curtains, the half-pinned slip cover pattern on display in my bedroom, and so forth.  You don’t need to know about those right now, there’s plenty of time for that!

So, tonight’s project is intended to fulfill that first goal, and it is dedicated to all of you who have hung out in my gameroom and sat in the black rocking chair….only to have been met with a straight pin in a place that you never expected.  There in the rocking chair, since last FEBRUARY, has set a lovely pillow made of beautiful Amy Butler fabric that I chose specifically for that pillow in that spot.  I just never got around to finishing the pillow….UNTIL  TONIGHT!  Yay, Yay, YAY!!!

Time: One year!  But tonight’s part, the hem, 5 minutes!  (how absurd that it takes me that long!)

Cost: I used about a half yard of 2 scrap fabrics so $0 – but I think originally this fabric would total to about $7.

Okay y’all – go hem something in your house.  AND, you might want to think twice the next time you want to ask me to hem your jeans!  HA!

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A Pillow for a Princess…DIY day 10…

Whew, I fit today’s project in by the skin of my teeth!  It’s 11:28pm here in Austin, Texas…I’m 10 days into my 356 DIY day challenge and so far – so good!

Today, since I knew I only had about 45 minutes to complete something, I decided to make a pillow for Ellie’s upcoming “Big Girl Room.”  She’ll turn 3 in a couple of weeks, and this weekend I’ll be transforming her room from a baby’s room to a Big Girl’s Room…although it’s breaking my heart – it sure is going to be fun!  (and yes, you’ll be seeing some photos…including one of the most beautiful day bed I”ve ever seen – yep, Craigslist!)

But for tonight, here is the very first thing I’ve accomplished for this room…a pillow that will coordinate with the colors I’ve chosen (sorry Ellie!).  I used left over Amy Butler fabric from Ellie’s Easter dress last year AND that yellow striped fabric that you might remember seeing once or twice or three times.  I bought four yards at $1.50/yd, and so far I’ve made a dress, a jacket, a pair of slippers, and now this pillow with it.  (I”m salivating at the thought of how much money I’ve saved!)

Okay, I digress…Total cost: $0.75.  Total time: about 25 minutes.

And hey…I’m starting to get self-conscious…feel free to enter the giveaway for the personalized Scrabble bracelet by leaving me a comment with suggestions on what to spell!  So far, Kelly McClinton is the sole competitor for this amazing opportunity!

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