ABC XL Pillow

These last few weeks I’ve slowly been losing momentum (gas power) with all the projects I have been juggling. I spent Tuesday night re organizing all my projects into manageable containers. Although I didn’t take a before picture of my sewing/guest room, just imagine it looks like your craft space when you have 10 + projects going on!

Never-ending Organized Projects

Never-ending Organized Projects

I did want to share a tutorial on this awesome XL Alphabet Pillow. My inspiration came from here but if I were to buy it it would come from overseas and this site didn’t ship to US! I’m the girl that always tries to get a bargain and this just isn’t one. I really wanted to make one for my niece who turned two in late February. I had most of the fabric already which was nice. The hardest part was the pattern.

Newspaper (butcher paper), scissors, pencil, rulers

Newspaper (butcher paper), scissors, pencil, rulers

Supplies –
– Newspaper or butcher paper, I had this heavy butcher paper on hand from my mom. She left it with me and I love it. The only thing is that because its so heavy it kept rolling up on itself. Ironing  the paper helped with that.
– Pencil, I used a pen because I’m stubborn like that. I remember in high school I was taking a math test or something and using a pen. The teacher asked me if I wanted to use a pencil instead and I said “no, I’m good” I just prefer pens. I did learn my lesson with this project and I highly recommend using a pencil.
– Scissors
– Rulers: I have a straight 24 inch quilting ruler bought from Joann’s and the other curved arm ruler is from my mom.
– Bowl (large or medium)

Making a Pattern:
Luckily the letter I started with was simple “C” and didn’t discourage me too much from continuing. I decided to make the pillow 7.5 wide (with 1/4 seam allowance would bring it down to 7 inch wide). I had started with 5 inches, but it looked too narrow and I wanted a wider pillow. I tried to keep the height at 24, but some of the other patterns needed more length.  I started by marking width of the C, drew out the curves using the bowl and arm ruler for the inner C. The outer C I measured 7.5 along the inner C and made tick marks. Then I connected the lines and it came out great! Sorry I don’t have a step by step picture for this part.

Other patterns I also worked on

Other patterns I also worked on

Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of the “C” pattern, but as you can see from the above letter patterns, it looks humongous. my other patterns have a 7 inch wide margin, keeping in mind I would use 1/2 inch seam allowance and bring it to 6 inch wide.

Fabric goodies

Fabric goodies

Joann’s had a great deal for about two weeks or longer on all their snuggle flannel. So I stocked up and look at all these yummy fabrics!

Make sure to iron fabric

Make sure to iron fabric

Trace pattern

Trace pattern

I traced the pattern onto a main fabric and then cut out 7 inch wide strips in another coordinating fabric. I also added a secret pocket in a cute fabric as well.

End caps

End caps

Pin sides and sew

Pin sides and sew

 

You can start by sewing your strips together. Then take the main fabric and pin to the strips going with the curve.

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Here is a quick look at what I did. You have to make the fabric work with you on the curves but again the “C” was a really good letter to start with for me.

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Leave an opening at one end cap and flip the fabric inside out. I did make a mistake with this initial pillow because the strips where sewn backwards and exposed the fray.

The fray shows

The fray shows

Either way, it works. Remember to sew the pocket on the strip too before closing up the pillow.

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Stuff pillow – this took me 4lbs of fiberfill. Good thing I used coupons at Joann’s. Stuff it really full too. I think I could have used more. I hand stitched the opening shut.

The only mistake I made really was using a 1/4 seam allowance. I found out later that I should have used a 1/2. Oh well! Hope you get inspired to do this as well and if you have a crafty sewing friend like me to help you with the patterns (thank you K), take advantage because some of the other letters are hard! I still have to make about 7 other alphabet Pillows, Yikes1

 

Happy Friday!

Sherie Signature

 

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Ring Pincushion Tutorial

Back in high school (1997-1998), I took a Home Economics class and learned so much from my teacher. Unfortunately, I can’t remember her name but she was a fiery red headed woman with lots of talent and was very helpful in teaching us the certain skills we needed. One of the lessons I learned from her and I still do to this day, is every time you pass through a door, suck in your tummy muscles. Eventually you do it so much that it becomes natural and you look taller, skinnier, and beautiful. Lol, I don’t know if that was true every time, but I could definitely feel the difference when I got pregnant and I had to force myself to push my tummy out. Its a great habit to start!

Anyway, she also taught us a lot of sewing and one of the projects was this Ring Pincushion. I still have mine from many years back and I love it! So for Valentines Day, I wanted to make this for all my mommy friends because it was both beautiful and functional.

Original is the M&M pattern

Original is the M&M pattern

I searched Pinterest and YouTube for a tutorial to make this and I found some that were a wrist pincushion, some made out of felt, and others. It didn’t suit my need though to make this, so I wanted to share with you this tutorial. It’s probably in a craft book somewhere, but here is how I did it.

Supplies:
– soda bottle cap
– 4 inch circle of fabric of your choice
– needle and embroidery thread
– thin elastic
– hot glue, drill and drill bit, scissors
– stuffing or cotton balls

Supplies

Supplies

1. Cut out your fabric into a 3.5 to 4 inch circle. I started with a 5×5 square and cut from there.

2. Use a gathering stitch on the circle with your needle and thread (make sure the knot is inside). As you start to pull the circle tightly, add a little bit of stuffing at a time until you’ve finished the circle gather and stuffed it full. Make sure to knot well and close off.

4 inch circle cut from 5x5 square.

4 inch circle cut from 5×5 square.

Use gathering stitch

Use gathering stitch. Notice it becomes a Darth Vader cap 🙂

Use gathering stitch and fill in your puff.

Fill in your puff.

3.  Then have your husband or if you are handy, drill two holes into the soda bottle cap.

Drilling holes, I used a 7/64 bit

Drilling holes, I used a 7/64 bit

Make sure the holes are close to the center

Make sure the holes are close to the center

4. Take one end of the elastic, cut it at a sharp angle to create a point. Feed it through one of the holes in the bottle cap. You may have to use your scissors to widen the hole and feed it through. Once you have one side in, make a knot and pull tight. Then test the length to fit your fingers. I start with my thumb and middle finger because those are the ones I like to put them on. Cut the elastic with some extra length. Feed the other end in the hole, make a knot again.

Feed elastic into bottle cap holes.

Feed elastic into bottle cap holes.

Knotted. Elastic ring.

Knotted. Elastic ring.

5. Add hot glue to the inside rim of the bottle cap and the bottom as well. Apply the puff you made in step 2, press and hold for 30 seconds or until glue dries.

Add hot glue to inside rim.

Add hot glue to inside rim.

6. Add pins and start fashioning your Ring Pincushion. Make one or a dozen, they are great gifts too!

Completed Ring Pincushion!

Completed Ring Pincushion!

Hope you have fun trying this tutorial. Please share the ones you make with us here too!

All my best,

Sherie Signature