September 15, 2009

Craft: Ruffled Pillow Case

I got a new couch, yes, it is amazing, but more on that some other time. So the couch needs some cute new throw pillows, right? So this is the first pillow of hopefully many more.

Supplies: About a yard of fabric (I used fleece), pillow (I used an 18x18in), thread, sewing machine, beads (optional)

Cost: $6 for my fleece, already had red thread, $16 for the pillow (more than I'd like to spend but using stuffing is never as good as the pre-made pillows and I want to be able to change the pillow cover)

Time: About 2 hours.

Difficulty: Moderate

Casualties: Feeling stupid for cutting fabric to the wrong size.

I made an envelope style pillow case rather than using a zipper. I cut a piece of fabric 19.5 in by 45 in(I used a 5/8 seam allowance) so I only have seams on two sides.

With the rest of the fabric I cut a strip that was 6 in x 24 in for the lower ruffle and I should have cut a piece that was 4 in x 36 in for the upper ruffle but I must have been distracted because I cut it 4 x 18 instead. Ugh, so then I just cut another 4 x 18 and as you'll see later I managed to make it work.

To make the ruffles, sew down the middle of the strips with a long and loose stitch. Pull on of the strings on the end to make it ruffle. You want the end result to be 18 in long. The lower ruffle won't be as thick as the upper one.

Pin the upper ruffle on top of the lower on and place the center seams right in the middle of the big fabric piece you cut earlier then sew the three pieces together down the center seam. This is the front part of the pillow.

Next sew the edges of the envelope part of the pillow case. On both of the short ends of the big fabric fold over the edge until you have a nice clean hem and sew.

Using the ruffles as the center of the pillow with the ruffles facing up. Measure 9 in on either side of the ruffles for the front of the pillow. Fold the rest of the fabric over, they will overlap. Pin the sides and sew up the sides.

Now you can turn it inside out and fit your pre-made pillow inside the case.

I still had a few beads left over from the garland project I did. I stitched the tiny beads in the middle of the garland. They are barely noticeable from far away but up close they add a nice extra detail.

I bought two other types of fabric for even more hot pillow case action!

September 13, 2009

Craft: Autumn Leaves Garland

Even though it's the middle of September all the craft stores have their fall and Halloween decorations up which makes me so exited for the holidays!

I saw this garland idea on some other site and instantly thought of fall leaves. It's been deathly hot all summer and these past couple of days have been amazing! Yesterday it rained ALL day, and the day before and it's clearing up a little today but the sky is still layered with clouds. The best part, though, is that we have all the windows in the apartment open and we don't need A/C. It feels SO GOOD. I can't wait for fall. At least it looks a little like fall in my place.

Supplies: Multiple sheets of felt in various fall colors, seed beads, scissors, brown embroidery thread, needle.

Cost: About $1 for the felt, $5 for three little tubes of beads, about 30 cents for thread.

Time: A few hours.

Difficulty: Easy

Casualties: Lost beads in the crevasses of the couch.

Cut a template for the leaves out of paper. I made one that was about thee inches long and two inches wide. Use your template to cut out leaves from the felt sheets. I managed to get 15 leaves out of a sheet if I planned it right.

Pick a pattern of your colors then stitch down the center of the leaf with your embroidery thread. In between each leaf string on 6 or so beads. I found that if you tie a small knot at the end of the leaf before you add the beads and then add another small knot when you begin the next one it keeps the thread from stretching. You want there to be beads in between your leaves, not a few beads and a long thread.

I had so many leaves that I made two more. This one's on my headboard.

As a slightly related note, a couple days ago my foster cat decided that he might eat some felt scraps and well, lets just say he immediately regretted it.

September 1, 2009


I made these the other day after I saw them on a blog. Super cute and I got to share them with friends. I'm amazed how much they really look like little burgers.