Remember how I saved $760 by hand sewing a tear in our new couch? Meet the pillows that came with the couch:
I really wish there was someone to shake and ask “WHY??” to, but there’s not. So they have stayed in the closet until last weekend when I had the opportunity to re-cover them. I wanted to re-use the zipper and the pillow itself because both were in perfect condition. The pillow is really comfortable, but the odd thing about it is that it’s the shape and size of a bed pillow. I didn’t know it until I was finished with this project, but apparently I don’t like rectangular pillows the size of a bed pillow on my couch. It just feels weird.
Step 1: Remove pillow from pillowcase.
Step 2: Using a seam-ripper or a small pair of scissors, remove the zipper from the old pillowcase.
Step 3: Pick out, pre-wash* and cut your fabric. I used some dark brown cotton twill fabric from Joann’s and a printed scarf that had a hole in it. (It’s really soft and I just couldn’t bear to part with it.)
*Because these pillowcases have a zipper, I knew I wanted to use fabric that could be washed. I mean what would be the point of having a zipper otherwise? Pre-washing the fabric is absolutely necessary because if you sew up the pillowcase, use it for a while and then wash it, there’s a good chance that it will shrink and not fit right over your pillow.
Step 4: Sew those pillowcases up.
I had wanted the front of the pillows to be made entirely of the printed scarf, but it turned out that the hole in the scarf I had was at just the right spot to make that idea impossible. So I improvised and made it a panel-front pillow.
Since completing these pillows, two naps have been taken on the couch. I think that’s a good sign that they’ll do just fine for now.
My brother’s girlfriend Ellie volunteers for OPT – Options for Sexual Health (formerly Planned Parenthood Canada). The organization is celebrating 50 years this year (!), and they’re having a big Fundraising Gala April 30. I was asked by Ellie to contribute something auction-friendly to the cause. We thought baby items would be best for an auction because everyone seems to know someone who’s having a baby. I chose to make a baby girl bundle and a baby boy bundle – check back tomorrow for the baby boy bundle.
Fun fact: The yellow fabric with strawberries on it is vintage – I bought it at the Fremont Sunday Market a couple of years ago. It’s pretty much the cutest, right?
I made this little guy a couple of years ago. I was trying to create a stuffed version of a fictitious character my brothers had created. His name is Gordin and he’s pretty much my favorite. I hope they bring him back to the drawing board. (This is not a subtle hint on purpose. Ahem.)
If I remember correctly, Derek went through different versions of the illustration which meant I went through different versions of the stuffed animal. I think I was at number 5 or 6 when I was satisified enough to move on to something else. The version seen in this post was number 3 I think. Who knows though, it seems like ions ago.
Meet Gordin. The cutest rock monster there is.
And if you want to create a square version of a previous Gordin, here is your very own step-by-step tutorial. (I put it together for a project when I was in school.)
Click on either image to see bigger versions or to print from my flickr page.
As promised, here’s prototype B for Ed’s pottery apron. It’s not the most exciting of products, I’m sorry, but I’m really interested in it because it’s super functional for something very specific. I’m working on another one right now for a different pottery friend to try out. (It’s pretty much identical to the one seen here except I made the ties wider.) Who knows, maybe my calling is to be an apron maker. I’ll call my shop, “A Maker of Aprons”. No? Okay, I’ll work on it.
I was at work for 13 hours yesterday. Which means, if you factor in my commute, I was gone from my apartment for FIFTEEN HOURS. I recognize fully that that is complete and utter insanity and I have no way to explain it. But it is a really good excuse for having a lame blog post, and to explain any spelling or grammatical errors you might notice.
Today you get to see greeting cards I made in 2008! Back when I had time for things like hand sewing buttons to cardstock in order to make car wheels.
My plans for sewing all weekend didn’t quite happen. The good news though is that Steve and I finalized the guest list for our wedding. Can I get an ‘amen’ to that? I mean seriously, talk about a headache. But I did have time to get started on a project that’s been in the making for a few months. You may remember the apron from this post back in January? I spent this weekend hard at work creating prototype B for Ed’s pottery/sculpture apron. For example, some of the changes will be: adding a D-ring for him to hang a cloth to wipe his hands on, using Velcro instead of a button for the pocket closure, changing the bottom pocket a bit, etc.
Step 1: Create new pattern based on the changes that needed to be made.
Step 2: Stop to take photos.
Step 3: Cut out of fabric.
Step 4: Sew.
Stay tuned for the finished product!
OH the chaos! This bin of patterning making and sewing stuff makes me so anxious I have to reach in for something without actually looking at the mess. Someday I will probably take the time to organize it. Until then, I’ll just complain about it.
My laptop died. Have I shared that yet? My iBook from 2006 that required an additional keyboard because I spilled soy milk on it has finally croaked. (The laptop was a college graduation gift to myself – I used some of the money I earned making and selling ponchos/shawls as a sophomore in college. That deserves a whole other blog post though.) *Luckily* I was able to get the last of my photos backed up and Photoshop and Illustrator uninstalled before it stayed turned off forever. Sigh. But now I have Photoshop and Illustrator up and running on my iMac (I’m pretty sure Steve and I bought it in 2008) and am good to go for the time being. I haven’t used this computer regularly since 2009, so I’m finding all sorts of fun photos I sort of forgot about. For example, this pillow I made for my cousin’s new baby in 2008. I think I saw a similar pillow at Pottery Barn Kids (or somewhere like that) and decided to replicate it. If you don’t mind me tooting my own horn for a second, I think it’s pretty darn cute.
I know you’ve all been having ‘baby stuff withdrawals’, so I thought I’d do back-to-back baby posts.
(This baby’s last name is Benjamin – isn’t that the cutest?)
Don’t worry though, now that my sewing machine is in tip-top shape I have a plethora of projects planned that I’ll be able to share in the near future. Plus it’s sort of hard to get sewing done when I’ve either been out of town or had guests in town every weekend since January. Yes, that is true.
This weekend’s to do list:
2. Date night in Ballard
6. Change from Saturday’s pajamas to Sunday’s pajamas
I got the order for these two baby sets about two weeks ago – approximately the day before my sewing machine started skipping stitches. A repair, mind you, that I’ve had done twice now. I won’t even go into how frustrating that is for a brand new sewing machine because I don’t want to get all worked up and bore you. (But seriously, right?)
Anywho. We have the pink set – the pink fabric is made from a vintage bed spread which makes me so happy I could just burst. Pink? Vintage? Babies? Eek. (Don’t worry, I washed the bedspread twice before cutting and sewing.)
Plaids for baby girls. I love that idea, which is probably why this purple set is seriously striking my fancy.