Making pillows... new and old
I recently had a project to do for a dear friend. She had a curtain panel, and asked me if I could make some pillows for her couch, using this piece of fabric.
It was a piece, about 72 inches by 80 inches, in a taupe (leaning toward gray) velveteen fabric, with a 40% cotton/ 60% polyester blend.
I went to my local JoAnn Fabric shop to get some pillowforms, in various sizes. (I used my 40% off coupons, of course!)
|24 inch, 20 inch and 14 inch pillow forms|
I laid the panel out on my hardwood floor, to figure out what size to cut the pieces. I decided to make the basic envelope back pillow case. There is a good tutorial by Susan, from Freshly Picked blog , explaining the basics of this envelope back pillow cover.
I wrote out the size of pieces I would need to make a 24 inch square, a 20 inch square, and a 14 inch square pillow.
I took the time to measure out the areas I would cut, to make sure that I had enough fabric for these 3 sizes. Tailor's chalk marked easily on the velveteen-like fabric, to show me where to cut. I wanted the hems in the curtain to be the overlap/hemmed piece on the top of the back of each pillow.
|It became a little thick at points where all 3 pieces joined, but I sewed through slowly at those spots. ( I helped pull it along a little, too.)|
|The back of each pillow.... using the hemmed edge of the curtain panel|
|All three pillows covered and comfy for all|
|Scraps left after I made the 3 pillows|
I used up most of the curtain :)
While I was making these pillows, it reminded me that I recently saw some gingham pillows in my closet, that my sister, Amy, (of Amy Made That!) and I made when we were younger.
I got them out of my closet, and called my mother to ask her what she remembered about them. We couldn't remember much! My mom even found the third pillow , that she has kept at her house. Amy and I used to do embroidery projects and cross stitching when we lived at home.
|The third pillow at my Mom's house photo courtesy of Amy Made That!|
|Our cross stitching on gingham pillows|
After I asked Amy about the pillows, she did some research and looked around on the internet, and found this blog that featured ' cross stitches on gingham.'
The blog was called, "Susie Can Stitch." Sept, 23, 2008, and Susie showed these pictures from the actual magazine we got the pattern from. June, 1979 issue of Better Homes and Gardens. (per Susie Can Stitch)
|Our pillow is like the on the rocking chair on the right!June, 1979 issue of Better Homes and Gardens(Photo courtesy of Susie Can Stitch)|
I wonder if The Patchsmith has afternoon tea on a table cloth like this in her Palace...... hmmm
Susie Can Stitch even took a picture of the actual pattern from the magazine!
|The pattern we used from Better Homes and Gardens ( June 1979)|
(photo courtesy of Susie Can Stitch)
|I think I made the green gingham|
|I think Amy made the purple one. It was stuffed plumper than mine!|
|Amy made the blue pillow photo courtesy of Amy at Amy Made That!|
Amy sewed our pillows together, putting lace around as a border. (I didn't ' like' to sew on a sewing machine back then....)(boy, did I miss out on a lot of fun!)
|Our three gingham cross stitched pillows|
I have to admit it was fun looking back and seeing something we made in a summer of the late '70s.
Does anyone else have mothers that keep nearly everything? What have you re-discovered from your early sewing and stitching past?
By the way, Amy also has a post about our gingham cross stitch pillows on her latest blog. I am hopping over to see what she has written about them.
|I'm off to my sewing room!|