I wanted to make some throw pillows for the couch in the same toile fabric that my living room curtains and kitchen shades are made out of. So, I bought this beautiful silk cording to pipe them with. I measured and then added extra "just because". Just because I'm still a sewing newbie and didn't want to take any chances. I realized once I got making the first pillow that my gorgeous piping was a pain in the patootie to work with because once you cut the stuff it wanted to untwist itself about an inch at each end. Thank God, I figured out how to make it work and the pillow was finished beautifully. Well, at least by my 'not shooting for perfection' standard, anyhow.
On to pillow #2. Yay! Or so I thought. Evidently, when you sew cording on a pillow it scrunches itself up and you use more than you apparently measured for. "How do you know this, Pam?" I'm glad you asked. Take a look.
AAAAAAAHHHHHH! I scream. Yes, this would happen to me. Thank God I married a man who likes to come up with solutions to problems, because I sure as heck didn't want to take my stitch ripper and begin the extremely tedious job of taking all of that
While I was at JoAnn Fabric on Friday I found a remnant of black and white gingham material on clearance for $.50. It was only 14" long, but I figured I could probably squeeze a couple of smallish pillows out of it. I also found a pack of 32 iron-on numbers on clearance for $.50 while I was there. Maybe I can get the two clearance items to work together?
Maybe not. I couldn't get the iron-on to stay down, hard as I tried. And, believe me, I tried. You should have seen me trying to peel evey last bit of black number off of my pillow cases.
On to plan #2. The gingham really needed something. I didn't bother to even make cording for these pillows because they were going to be a really quick project. Yeah, right. I found a lady bug stamp in my stash and some red fabric paint. Maybe a little red lady bug in the corner?
Maybe not. It kind of got lost in all the gingham.
Third time was a charm. I ended up pulling some white felt out of my fabric and sketching a fat, little bird to cut out of the felt. I applied them over the little lady bugs with Fabri Tac and gave them each a little red eye with a needle and thread. They're not alcoholic birds, they're albino. Plus, they match my house that way. I had an albino dog once. Not that you care. I'm just sayin'.Anyhoo, I'm done making pillows for a while. Gee, it only took me days and about drove me "batting" (Sorry, couldn't resist the corny humor.), but they are done. Finished. Finito. (Is that even a word?) I'm not sure if their home will be the couch:
or the chairs. What do you think?
Now, I'm ready to start on my project for the burlap party.
Have a great "Hump Day"!