Gift Pillow

detail of knife edge pillowA guest room at my brother’s home has rust brown color sheets, so I decided on these colors for a simple pillow. I’m happy with the result, which is neither country cute nor too modern. I first had in mind a cover for a travel pillow that was resting on the bed. Silly me, I thought all travel pillows were the same size! So this square pillow is the result instead. It’s on its way in the mail, and I hope it will be enjoyed.

I used a “knife edge” technique that makes the corners tuck in instead of sticking out — with no stuffing to give them definition. The photo below shows the detail, and it’s easy to do. Wrong side out, select a short distance in from the corners. One-half inch might do, or one inch. Draw a dot or an “X” using chalk or a disappearing fabric marker. Then use a large dinner plate or some other round flat object to taper a line towards both edges. Those lines, along with a regular seam allowance, are the lines you’ll stitch along. Proceed with trimming and turning inside out as usual.

When this type of pillow is turned to the right side and filled, the corners have a nice shape — worthy of gift giving. Of course there are many other pillow creation techniques, but it’s the one I chose for this pillow. And with that, I say “Happy Holidays”!



soundstitches sewing blog gift pillow


Stockings R Us… and Free Pattern

SoundStitches Holiday Stocking
Each bound toe/foot will be clipped and attached to stocking right side

I feel as stressed as a holiday retailer! My family decided that everyone coming to our house in December deserves a holiday stocking. Of course, they’re not showing up for work much in the shop!

I’ve owned my Simplicity pattern 7044 for years. Tree skirts, gift bags and stockings are included. The pattern is out of print, but you can download an easy free stocking pattern and instructions. For this round of stockings, I am very proud that I haven’t bought anything new — the stockings take into account the giftee’s tastes, but use scraps from my garments or from the craft material stash. My father, an outdoorsman, is getting tweedy wool and woodsy brown. My husband’s getting an Asian print that I bought too little of to make pyjamas. My daughter is completing her own from the craft fabrics you see here. My mom’s will be from a shiny dress fabric. Me? If I get around to it, my stocking will be crafted from the scraps from a blue plaid Pendleton wool jumper.

Picture: The pattern calls for adding binding to the toe and heel sections. How to do it fast? The photo shows my assembly-line approach to stitching binding. I will clip each one off and stitch to stocking right side.

So that’s what I’ve been doing… instead of writing to you all! What holiday gifts are you working on?