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”!

 

 

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Happy Holidays Re-Post

SoundStitches sewing blog copyright 2012Due to a blip in (my) system, this post only made it on SoundStitches blog for approximately three minutes. So here goes again… I made three presents this year — one each for my mom, daughter and husband. I also helped out with some felt holiday ornaments made for relatives by my daughter. The pants I made my husband are a mouse gray fleece and don’t photograph well. They’re made from a new fleece from Pacific Fabrics. I’m hopeful these will wear better, look more like something expensive from REI or a catalog, and form fewer pill-balls than the standard fleece that eventually turns everyone into a Muppet-like creature.

The vest I made my mom was a hit. Mom says she wore it to a potluck event for a local organization. I hope she’ll find other places to wear this very unique fleece fabric with a woodland scene. I enjoyed lining it with a bright red poly woven that I’ve had in my stash, giving it a mobile-phone pocket and hanging loop, none of which were called for in the KwikSew 3086 pattern (out of print, but similar to Kwik Sew 3172).

What did you make for the people in your lives this holiday? I love to hear about projects.

Could You Be Loved? Update

We be loved… the pajamas are loved, I mean. Before the holidays, I wasn’t sure that my gift would be loved, or worn. But the cute critters on the blue background have been loved, and she says she’s so glad they are blue and not pink. Here is my daughter loving her pajamas — and the new kitty who joined our crew in December. The normally good cat is a terror in my sewing room, by the way. He seems to love tissue paper, particularly the feel of it crunching into his paws as he slides into the middle of a pile of already-pinned, already-cut out pieces. I should have thought of this!

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Happy Holidays

I made three presents this year — one each for my mom, daughter and husband. I also helped out with some felt holiday ornaments made for relatives. The pants I made my husband are a mouse gray fleece and didn’t photograph well. They’re made from a new fleece from Pacific Fabrics. I’m hopeful these will wear better, look more like something expensive from REI or a catalog, and form fewer pill-balls than the standard fleece that eventually looks like everyone wearing it is a Muppet creature.

The vest I made my mom was a hit. Mom says she wore it to a potluck event for the Coast Guard auxiliary where my dad volunteers. I hope she’ll find other places to wear this very unique fleece fabric with a woodland scene. I enjoyed lining it with a bright red poly woven that I’ve had in my stash, and giving it a mobile-phone pocket, neither of which features were called for in the KwikSew 3086 pattern (out of print, but similar to Kwik Sew 3172.

SoundStitches sewing blog copyright 2012

Soon I’ll post about the pajamas for my daughter — after they’re opened, that is. What have you sewn or made for the people in your lives? I love to hear about projects. In the meantime, happy holidays!