Aug 30

What can a thrifted sheet and 1 fat quarter make? (Pillow #1)

What can a thrifted sheet and 1 fat quarter make? @ wowilikethat.comWhat can a thrifted sheet and 1 fat quarter make?  Well let me tell you…a lot of things.   Just to be square, I also used a small scrap piece of white fabric I had laying around.

This was a thrifted twin flat sheet I got from my local thrift store for $.99.  I did use part of it to make two simple little girl shirts with an applique but I gave them away and didn’t take any pictures.  But they were like the skirts I had made here but they had a horse applique. They were a request for a cowgirl theme outfit.  Anyway with the left over sheet I still had enough to make four pillows.  Each pillow is different and I’ll share how I made them.

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Pillow 1:

The embroidery design is from Urban Threads.  The design is also available in a hand embroidery pattern if you don’t have an embroidery machine.

It would be just as pretty as the machine embroidery – probably prettier but I can’t do hand embroidery – it hurts my hands.

Cut one 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ square of fabric for the center. Embroider the design of your choice.  When machine embroidering a center such as this that is a separate piece of fabric from the rest of the pillow or quilt, I use a cut away stabilizer but don’t cut it away. I make sure my piece is the 8-1/2″ x  8-1/2″ and it will remain with the piece and be sewn.

To make the simple 12″ x 12″ pillow:

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Cut two pieces 2-1/2″ x 10″. Always using a 1/4″ seam, sew one piece to the top of the embroidered piece and one to the bottom.  Press the seam flat, then press open. Trim to match the size of the white piece.

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Cut two pieces 2-1/2″ x 13″ or so. It is nice to have a little extra so it can trim up easily.  Sew one piece to the right side and sew one piece to the left side. Press seam flat, then press the seam open. Trim the edges evenly with the white square.  This is only a pillow and it is a great starter project.  If it is uneven and it needs trimmed more and it doesn’t measure 12″ x 12″, that is ok. Try to keep it square but really anything can work.  That is it. The pillow top is done.

Place the embroidered piece on top of batting.  Pin or hand baste, I just use spray basting.  I gave a quick spray to the batting and place the piece on top.  I run the iron over it to help secure.  I flipped the piece over and gave another quick spray, placed a piece of backing fabric on top and gave it another quick run of the iron to make it nice and smooth.

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To quilt:

I did a quick and simple straight stitch within the white fabric to frame it and continued around the blue pivoting and turning corners. Each row I did have to stop and start but it is just a small pillow and took no time at all.

What can a thrifted sheet and 1 fat quarter make? @ wowilikethat.comTo make the backing:

The finished size needs to be 12-1/2″ before sewing to the front or if the front piece has been trimmed, it needs to be the same as the front. Trim to match the front.

I cut various widths of the white and blue fabric x 6″ (having a little extra gives trimming room) long but it needs to be at least 13″ wide when stitched together.  The width sizes can be anything, just mix it up a bit. Stitch the strips together. Press flat.  To be honest, if this was a quilt, I would take the time to press all the seams flat, then open but I don’t do that for a pillow. I look at the top side and press it flat.  Where those good ole seams go, I don’t care.  If it is flat, that is good enough. I take my beautiful flat piece to my cutting mat and trim one edge even.  Using that edge, I cut one 2-1/2″ piece, one 2″ piece and one 1-1/2″ piece.

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Take one piece and flip it and this will become the center mismatched piece. What can a thrifted sheet and 1 fat quarter make? @ wowilikethat.comStitch the 3 pieces together using a 1/4″ seam. Again press flat.

Using the front piece size as my guide, I determined how much I still needed to make this match my front piece.  I needed 7″.  I needed 2 pieces plus a 1/4″ seam allowance so I cut one white piece 3-3/4″ x 12-1/2″ and one blue piece the same. I stitched to the center piece and again pressed flat.

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To make pillow:

Leaving a 4″ opening at the bottom, placing right side together, stitching around pillow. Trim excess fabric away from corners. Turn and carefully push out corners. I keep an artist paint brush with a round handle in my drawer for pushing out corners. Press flat. Because this pillow is so decorative and no one should be laying on it, I stuffed it myself with fiber fluff and whip stitched the opening closed.

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That is it. Pretty little pillow.

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I’ll show how to make the second pillow in a day or so.

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Happy Sunday. See you next time.








Aug 24

Pretty, Easy to Make Pillowcases

Look at A Spoonful Of Sugar’s beautiful pillows. (Shown above.) Instructions for the pillowcases can also be found on her site.

I didn’t have 3 different fabrics but I did have two and I so wanted to try her pattern so I gave it a whirl.  Also I have so much fabric and I want to start using larger pieces to reduce my stash before I buy more.

Honestly it took less than an hour to make 2 pillowcases. I will definitely make them again.

I can’t show you beautiful bedroom pictures with the pillows on the bed, because I don’t have that.  I tried to tidy up the one little spot but that is as good as it gets. I hate cleaning these days.  Hate it. Hate it. Hate it. How’s that?  I used to be so fussy and have a picture perfect house, but I gave that up. It takes too much time and as you get older you realize time is limited and therefore I’m selective on how I spend my time.  Cleaning gets about 30 minutes once a week. That is it. I clean enough so there aren’t germs hopping all over the place. Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think there is a tomb stone out there with “She kept a clean house” etched on it.  People will remember you for the feeling you evoked in them, nothing else.  She made me feel good. She made me feel loved. What else matters?  Not much.

So if you want to make someone feel good and loved, whip up a set of these beautiful pillowcases. I love the little pocket in the back because when you only give yourself 30 minutes a week to clean, there isn’t time to check where is the pillow tag.  Guess who usually has it sticking out?  This solves that problem for me.

Happy Sunday. See you next time.

Oh be sure to check out the Giveaway List. (Located at the top of the page) I added about 20 since yesterday and there are some fantastic giveaways going on now.


Aug 08

Phone Pouch with Zipper Pattern

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Phone Pouch with Zipper Pattern can be found here –Phone Pouch with zipper pattern . (It opens on a separate page, click the link again and the pattern will open. Print at 100%.)

(Update: The adorable fabric that I used I had won at a giveaway with Brown Bird Designs Quilts. It was custom designed by her is available for sale at Spoonflower here. I didn’t include this in the original post because my sewing room is so cluttered and I couldn’t find my original package from her. I was lucky enough to stumble across her site again and I definitely want to give credit where credit it do.)

The pattern is only for the larger size since the smaller one was a bit too tight for a smart phone.  If you have a non smart phone, use larger seams.

Again the attached pattern is for a smart phone – my template was for an IPhone 5.


Cut 1 piece of “A” of outside fabric.  This piece needs to have batting. I used a fusible batting but any scrap of batting will work.

Cut 1 piece of “B” of outside fabric again. This piece too will need batting.

Now cut lining.  I interfaced both pieces just to keep the shape but it isn’t necessary to use.

Cut 1 piece of “A” from lining fabric.

Cut 1 piece of “B” from lining fabric.

To make the zippered section: Using another piece of fabric, cut out another piece B (this make 3 total of B that you have cut out.) Measure 3″ up from the bottom – which is the rounded not curved side.  Cut the pattern piece in half on the 3″ mark.  You can mix and match these pieces, piece, or applique.  Use your imagination but anything looks great.

To Make:

My zippers were too big. Not an issue since a zipper can easily be cut. Position zipper in the center of the top section of the cut “B” piece. Sew using a zipper foot.

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Sew the other side of the cut piece ‘B’ to the other side of the zipper. Press flat.

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Sew a 1-1/2″ piece of velcro to the top of the zippered piece.  It should be centered and 3/4″ down from the top raw edge.

Place the zippered piece on top of the of lining piece ‘B’. I stitched around the outside only because on my original test pattern, I hadn’t stitched it down and I didn’t catch the fabric when I sewed everything together. Takes one minute to stitch around the outside  – stitch close to the edge.

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Place the outside piece ‘B’, wrong sides together on top of the zippered piece. Sew the top curved edge together using a 1/4″ seam. Clip curves, turn and press flat.

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I again stitched around the outside edge to catch all edges. It also gives me a chance to see if I cut uneven and allows me to trim up the edges.

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Sew the other side of  Velcro to the top center of the lining piece ‘A’.  Again 3/4″ down.


Lay zippered piece face up on top of lining piece ‘A’ . Again I stitched the outside edges only because I had to throw my test piece away and it was such cute fabric. It isn’t necessary to do all the catch stitching.

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Place batting piece ‘A’, right sides together on top of your lining piece and zippered piece.

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Starting at the top of the zippered piece (notice where the bump is) and stitch all around piece ‘A’ using a 1/4″ seam. About 2″ from the starting point, stop. Back stitch to secure.

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It will seem as if it will not all fit through that hole but it can. Be patient and don’t pull and rip the fabric.  Reach in and try to grab the zippered piece and it will turn right sides out quickly.

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Press flat paying close attention to the opening.  Press under paying attention to make the fold appear as if it is part of the seam. Hand stitch closed.  That is it. Done. Super Duper Cute.

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When I am out walking I don’t always have pockets in my shorts but still want my phone and don’t want to carry it. There I added a loop with a key ring and made a matching lanyard.

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To make the lanyard, cut a piece of fabric 2″ x 33″ long.  I press this piece in half, then folded in and pressed the outside pieces. Fold again and press and the piece is now 1/4″ x 33″ long. At work I must wear a badge and I hook my badge to a lanyard. The best way I have found to make a lanyard is to cut and press my fabric as above but before sewing around the edges, I stitch the piece together. I unfold the pressed edges, stitch a 1/4″ seam and fold the fabric back together. Now I stitch both edges.

To make the loop, cut a piece 2″ x 3″. Fold and press as above and simply fold under and stitch to the back of the phone pouch.


When I wear mine, everyone wants one. They are quick and easy and I’m making a stash because they take scraps to make and will make a perfect little gift for co-workers and extra gifts at Xmas.

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If you have any questions, ask and I’ll answer.

See you next time.