Monday, February 6, 2012

My First Sewing Project: Pillow!

Last week I started playing with my sewing machine. My Nana sat down with me for hours and taught me the basics. We used all 8 of the feet that came with my machine (which is awesome by the way, here is the post about getting it for christmas). Once I had some confidence, she taught me how to cut and pin the pieces for an envelope pillow, and then I sewed it! Oh and I only used the one normal foot for the pillow obviously :) 

It's the ikat-ish black and cream polka dot one :)

Honestly it wasn't that hard. I had bigged it all up in my mind and now I feel like I could sew anything! Even a coat or a thousand pairs of jeans for barbie! HA just kidding. Maybe another pillow ;) 

It's a bit of a tight fit, I used one of my $1 down pillow inserts. I washed them all two weekends ago (finally) and they poofed up into giant balls. I had to punch this one for a while to get it to go back down in size.

I did a little trick my Nana taught me for the corners. I ran two perpendicular lines to form the initial corner, then went back and laid a diagonal line cutting across the corner. Somehow, using ancient voodoo magic, that made it have sharp corners.

Also, don't be judging the tiny scrap of black paint on my nails!

I love the print. It's Moda... it has a crazy name like puttin' on the ritz or something but I threw the receipt away and I forgot. I can check my account at though. 

So, how did I do for a first timer? :) 

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  1. Yea! Congrats on your first pillow! It looks great :)

  2. You did FANTASTICALLY for your first time - or even if this was your tenth time!! I love it!! And that's a great tip for sharp corners - thank you!!


    1. Aww thanks Sarah, that made me feel all warm and fuzzy :)

  3. Nice work!! An envelope pillow was my first getting back into sewing project too! And I LOVE your map...I have one really similar to it.

  4. Oh no. Pillows are gateway you'll be thinking you can sew quilts. Not that I would know. :P I actually find cutting the stuff a lot harder than the actual sewing.

    I REALLY like that fabric!!

    1. I can't sew quilts? But I am a Sewing Master now! I promised Erin I'd sew one million pairs of barbie pants too... maybe make a barbie pants quilt? ;)

      And thanks I liked it too!

  5. Yay for learning! I love the fabric. Can't wait to see the tutorial for those Barbie jeans. ;)

  6. I want a barbie pants quilt! :(


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