Showing posts with label pillow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pillow. Show all posts

Friday, January 11, 2013

A few handsewn gifts

Thanks so much for all your kind wishes on my last blog post!  I am looking forward to catching up with posts on many of the things I have made over the last 6 months, and thought I'd start with a round up of some of the sewn gifts that I have made.  I have been making baby crafts too so I promise to share some of what I've been making to get ready for baby soon! 

patchwork bag holder

Starting with the most recent first, my mom asked me to make her a plastic bag holder for Christmas, and I was struggling a bit with which fabric to use until she said she really liked some scrappy bee blocks I'd made - so I thought I'd do some scrappy patchwork.  I used the Anna Maria Horner Totem print as the inspiration fabric and then pulled lots of other prints from my stash that went with it to make a big patchwork block, then made up my own design to turn it into a fully lined bag holder.  I'm happy to say that my mom really liked it!


dumpling pouch

I also made a couple dumpling pouches using the tutorial from Michelle patterns, but this is the only one I remembered to take a photo of before gifting.  I had bought this Joel Dewberry fabric (from the heirloom line) without a specific purpose so it was fun to get to put it to use!  It was fun to try the pattern, this was the first time I had done a curved zipper like this and she explained it very clearly, I was really happy with how it turned out.  I only tried the "easier" curve one but maybe if I make more I will venture the smaller, curvier one!


quilted wine tote

Earlier in the year, I made my mother in law a quilted wine tote using my tutorial for her birthday.  It's always funny to go back and follow your own patterns/tutorials when you haven't looked at them in a while!  This time, I used insulated batting to make the tote so that it would help keep wine chilled in transit.


secret garden pillows

For her birthday, my mother had asked for some throw pillows with fun fabrics - I love Sandi Henderson's secret garden fabric line, and it reminded me of my mom and the colors she likes, so I used mostly fabrics from that line and then some other coordinating fabrics from my stash.  The pillow on the left is a flying geese block with a kona ash background, and the pillow on the left is a design I made up with a white background.  I like them both although I think I like the clean look and contrast of the white background a bit more.


pillow 1 back

And I couldn't resist showing off a few of the great fabrics in this line on the backs of the pillows!

pillow 2 back

Hope your new year is off to a good, crafty start!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Two More Yellow and Grey Nesting Chairs Pillows


After making my first nesting chairs pillow with this fun Laurie Wisbrun fabric, I couldn't wait to make a few more.  I wanted the pillows to all go well together but not to have the same design, (and I wanted a chance to try out other ideas), so I made each with a different variation of square blocks.  Like the original pillow, both of these pillows feature some other grey and yellow fabrics thrown in, and also include a solid white square border in the design.


I am really happy with how this pillow turned out.  I thought it would be fun to have a mosaic of pieced squares and ended up selecting predominantly grey ones, so to balance it out I included a thin yellow outline border and then decided to use the yellow sanctuary fabric as the wider outer border too.  I used Elizabeth Hartman's tutorial for quick-piecing squares using lightweight interfacing and it made it super easy.  I figured the extra stiffness wouldn't matter much in a pillow.  Looking back at the directions now, I realize I didn't quite follow the tutorial because I didn't cut and press open each seam, which actually probably would have made this turn out better, but I am very happy with how it turned out regardless.


I wanted to mix it up a bit with the third pillow and not have a design with a large centered square but rather four squares.  I had fun fussy-cutting the chair and ottoman motifs from the nesting chairs fabric and like the balance of colors in this pillow too.  I tried to make the inner borders a bit narrower than the outer borders so the squares wouldn't seem to be drifting off the edge of the pillows, but I wish I had moved them even a bit closer together.  This is probably my least favorite of the three but I still like it quite a bit and am very happy with how they look together as a set.


I didn't get a good shot of all three together other than this one of the sides [Update: I went back and took a better photo of all three together - below].  As far as construction, I made these two the same as the first - with no batting, just a muslin lining, and only minimal "quilting" on the white borders.  I used the same grey fabric as backing for all three and did invisible zippers in all of them as well.  I have a good amount more fabric so I may make more of these in the future - including possibly one plain one with the main large print - but this is probably it for the near future (not least of all because I am out of this size pillow form!).

Friday, March 25, 2011

Nesting Chairs Yellow and Gray Pillow


I love these limited release nesting chairs fabrics that I got as a lovely birthday gift from my mom, and was really excited to make this throw pillow.  While we currently have a beige couch I am really hoping that there will be a grey couch in our future, and I thought these fabrics would be great accents.  I recognize that it is slightly nuts that I am making throw pillows to go with a future couch, but I think they will look good with our current couch too and I really just love these fabrics.  I also used a few prints from Patty Young's Sanctuary line, which coordinated really well.

I got the design idea from a quilt in this blog post (which I read when I first found out about the DC Modern Quilt Guild - which I am very excited to now be a member of!), and as soon as I saw the quilt I thought it would make a great pillow design.  I'm not sure if this has a name, it seems kind of like a bento box design, although I didn't piece it the way you would usually piece a bento box.  I pieced the central square, then the white border, and then the outside borders, rather than piecing each quarter separately before combining.  This way I didn't have to worry about lining up the white borders to make a perfect square.


I lined the pieced front of the pillow with muslin rather than using batting, and I didn't want it to have a super quilted look, so I just did some subtle accent stitching in the white square.


I backed the pillow in a mid-weight grey fabric that I had in my stash, and I put in an invisible zipper along the bottom edge.  I have previously just put regular zippers in my pillows and this was the first invisible zipper I have ever sewn, with much assistance from Sew Katie Did's invisible zipper tutorial.  I just have a regular zipper foot, not a special one for invisible zippers, so I was very happy to find out it was still possible - and I think it turned out very well!

Overall, I am really happy with how this pillow turned out and am excited to make a few more out of these fabrics. [UPDATE:  I made two more coordinating pillows - blogged here.]  I'm entering this pillow in the March Blogger's Pillow Party over at Stitched in Color:

Blogger's Pillow Party
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