Sep 29

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow#5

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow#5Sad to say but the fat quarter is all gone. :(  But there was still some of the pretty blue sheet left.  Actually when I was looking for something else, I found yet another little piece of the sheet so I’ll be able to make one more thing.  To see all the other pillows made from the thrifted sheet go here: Pillow #1, Pillow #2, Pillow #3, & Pillow #4.  I also squeezed out a Panty Purse too which you can see here.

Anyway, on to Pretty Pillow #5.  I love raw edge applique.  But if you don’t love it, you could always finish the edges with a blanket or zig zag satin stitch.

The finished pillow size is 11″ x 15-1/2″.  Use 1/4″ seams for all sewing.

To make cut:

One 8″ x 12″ piece for the center

Two 2″ x 9″ strips for top and bottom – this gives room to straighten up

Two 2″ x 17″ strips for sides – this gives room to straighten up

One 11-1/2″ x 16″ piece for back

Scraps for making vase and flower

Stitch one of the 2″ x 9″ strips to the top of the 8″ x 12″ piece. Stitch the other piece to the bottom. Press flat and trim the edges to be even with the main piece.

Stitch one of the 2″ x 17″ strips to the right side, the other to the left side. Press flat and trim up the edges.

Piece together some scraps to make the vase. Press flat.  My vase is 6″ tall.  I drew a vase on a piece of paper and cut from my scrap piecing.

Place the vase about 1″ from the bottom of the 8″ x 12″ piece. Center in the middle and stitch using a simple straight stitch close to the edge. If you don’t like raw edge applique, use a blanket or zig zag stitch.

Make the flower before stitching the stem and leaf. To make the flower, I cut two 3″ circles and one 2″ circle.

I didn’t want the flower flat against the pillow but I didn’t want it gathered either. To make it slightly waved, I simply stacked the circles together and then folded them in half. Then I folded them in half again. That makes a quarter wedge. At the tip of the wedge, I stitched on the machine a fraction of an inch up. Just enough to cause a little ripple.

Place the flower above the vase as shown. It can be machine tacked in place but I hand stitched it on and then added a button.

Pin the flower up and out of the way.  Stitch a stem and little leaf.  If you aren’t comfortable free hand stitching it, draw it on first with a disappearing marker.  Be sure to stitch the stem so that the top is hidden under the flower when you unpin.

To make the vase and the flowers look a little rugged, I pulled at the threads around the edge.

The front is done. Yea, how pretty is that?  Now stitch the 11-1/2″ x 16″ piece to the front, right sides together leaving about a 3″ opening in the bottom for turn. Turn, press and stuff. Hand stitch the opening closed. All done. :) Quick and easy.

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow#5

If you have any questions, just ask.

See you next time.

Debbie

Sep 24

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow#4

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow#4 @ wowilikethat.comHi All,

Pillow # 4 is similar to Pillow #2. The instructions are the same but the piecing is place off center and the strips are varying widths.  Instructions for Pillow #2 can be found here. (If interested you can see Pillow#1 and Pillow#3 too.)

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow#4 @ wowilikethat.com

From the already stitched sheet & fat quarter piece which is left over from Pillow#2, cut 5 strips of varying widths. Cut one 1″ wide, one 1-1/2″ wide, one 2″ wide, one 2-1/2″ wide and one 3″ wide.  Each strip is 10″ long.

Cut 6 pieces of the solid or sheet 1″ x 10″.  Starting with a solid 1″ strip, stitch the 1″ pieced strip right sides together and always using a 1/4″ seam. On the other side of the pieced strip, sew another solid 1″ strip. To that, stitch the 1-1/2″ pieced strip.  Continue stitching solid strip to pieced strip using the next size of the pieced strip as you move along. Finish with the remaining solid strip.  Press flat.

Again this is for a 16″ pillow form so my finished pillow front needs to be 16-1/2″ x 16-1/2″.  That is to allow for my seam allowances when I stitch the front to the back.

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow#4 @ wowilikethat.com

I wanted the design to be off centered – not in the middle. I didn’t want the pieced section to be sewn in the seam allowance so I added a 1-1/2″ piece to the bottom and a 5-1/2″ piece to the top.  This made the finished length about 16-1/2″. Just like Pillow #2, 16-1/2″ is your goal but if it is a bit smaller, it is ok, it will fit just fine. Just get close enough – no stressing.

I still needed fabric on the side to make my 16-1/2″ square so I added 5″ piece to the side. Stitch everything with a 1/4″ seam and as always press flat and square up.

That is it.  The pillow top is all done.

The pretty quilting is just a simple curved stitch on my machine that I sewed on the diagonal.

I sewed an envelope back as in the previous pillows and that is it.  Pillow #4 done and just as cute as the rest.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. I’ll answer.

There is a Pillow#5 too. I’ll get to posting that in a day or so. Happy Wednesday to you.

See you next time.

Debbie

 

Sep 15

Another thrifted sheet? Yep, put on your big girl panties purse.

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I thought I used all of my thrifted sheet but somehow, lurking in the corner of my messy sewing room I found another usable sized piece.  I had this project sketched in my doodle book and I knew what I could do with the remaining snippet of my beautiful thrifted sheet. Again, this is a hand drawn pattern – sorry I don’t have a program to draw with. This works just as well.  A quick and easy sewing project to use up more scraps. You can get the pattern here – Put on your big girl panties. (When you click the link, it opens to another page. You will see the Put on your big girl panties, click that link and it will open.)

This project requires:

10″ x 7-1/2″ scrap for outside

10″ x 7-1/2″ scrap for lining

10″ x 7-1/2″ piece of batting – fusible or warm & natural works best – something thin not the thick lofty kind.

14″ of lace

7″ or 9″ zipper

To make:

Cut the outside & lining fabric using the pattern and placing on the fold.

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Lay the outside fabric on top of the fleece and using it as your pattern, cut out the fleece.  If using fusible, iron it to the fabric.

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Stitch the legs of the panties first.  This is a good place to use some of those decorative stitches that don’t get much use.  I tried several but seemed to fall in love with a simple triple zig zag stitch.  Sew both leg opening with the stitch of choice. Stitch using the 5/8″ seam allowance marked on the sewing machine.

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Sew on the lace at the top of both sides.  Use a very narrow stitch.

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Place zipper face down along the top edge of one side.

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Place lining fabric on top of the zipper. The zipper will be sandwiched in between.

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Using a zipper foot, stitch all 3 layers together.  If you look closely at a zipper you will see a very fine line, that is about where your stitching line should fall. If it is too close to the zipper, the fabric catches and the purse will not open.

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Stitch the other side of the zipper by bringing the outside fabric to the zipper.

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Flip over the purse and fold up the lining to the other side of the zipper. The zipper needs to be sandwiched in between the fabric and the lining. Stitch using a zipper foot.

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Now it will look like this isn’t correct, but it is.

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Unzip the zipper a little bit and pull the inside out. See. It works. Press well on both sides of the zipper.

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Now grab both lining pieces and pull out. Do the same with the outer fabric. The lining pieces need stitched together as do the outside pieces need stitched together.

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UNZIP THE ZIPPER – VERY IMPORTANT.

Starting at the crotch one side, stitch up the leg opening, over the zipper and finish at the crotch on the other side. I used the edge of my foot as my seam allowance. I used little handy little tool for getting over the zipper effortlessly. One may have come with your machine.  If it didn’t, you can buy them at JoAnns for a couple dollars or make a temporary one by placing a folded piece of cardboard under the rear of the presser foot just as it gets to the zipper.  Doing this eliminates skipped stitches.

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Also when stitching around the decorate stitch, my seam allowance shrunk a little bit, but there is still plenty of room to make your seam.

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The remaining side gets stitched the same except leave a 3″ or so opening at the bottom of the lining for turning.

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Stitch, clip curves and snip corners. Turn.  While the opening in the lining is still unsewn, going through the opening, push out all the corners of the outside fabric. Be sure to push out where the zipper is too. Don’t push out the lining because they gets pushed in the opposite direction once you put the lining in place.

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Hand stitch the opening closed.  I simply finger press the fabric to match the seam allowance, then hand stitch using a little whip stitch.

That is it. Push the lining into place.  Push the corners of the lining where they belong. Press well and enjoy.

Put on your big girl panties @ wowilikethat.comI still have pillow 4 & 5 to show and will do so in a day or so.

Put on your big girl panties purse @ wowilikethat.com

As always, any questions just ask. See you next time.

Debbie

 

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Sep 07

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow#3

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What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make?

Pillow #3

Again for a 16″ pillow form, the finished size needs to be 16-1/2″ or there about. That is the finished size of the pillow front plus outside seam allowances.

This pillow has 3 squares that diminish in size.  It is visual movement as if the birds were flying flying out and flying in. At least in my thoughts, that it how it worked.

From the fat quarter, cut 3 squares. One 3″, one 2″ and one 1″.

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These squares need sewn to strips of fabric which are the same width. I cut one 18″ or there about strips 3″ wide, 2″ wide and 1″ wide.  Or rather, I ripped the strips. Sheets rip straighter than I can cut.

Lay the squares on a flat surface and position as shown. Cut corresponding strips so that fabric can be sewn to the top and bottom of each square and keep with your placement/design.

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Sew the cut strips to both the top and bottom of the matching squares always using a 1/4″ seam allowance and press flat.

With the strips pressed flat, lay the sewn strips together to get the placement perfect. If the strips were 18″ long, there is plenty of room to move around and get just right. Flip one other strip to the middle strip, right sides together. Pin here or there to keep place and stitch using a 1/4 seam allowance. Press flat and return to the flat surface and flip and pin the remaining outside strip to the other side of the middle strip. Again pin here or there to keep the placement and stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press flat. Trim top and bottom edges to make even. It doesn’t matter that the size is as extra pieces can be added to make it 16-1/2″.  Which is what I did because my fabric was getting skimpy and I didn’t have enough to make the full square. Makes no difference though, still looks good in the end. If you have enough fabric, cut all strips long enough that they can be trimmed to 16-1/2″

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I then stitched a 9-1/2″ piece to the right of the squared piece.  It was the largest piece I had left. I still needed a little extra and also didn’t want my square to smack up against my side seam, so I added a 3″ strip to the left side. I trimmed and pressed and then added a strip to the top to make the whole pillow front 16-1/2″ x 16-1/2″. Just make it work.

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Once the front was stitched and pressed, I embroidered the beautiful birds. The beautiful birds design is from Urban Threads. If machine embroidery isn’t an option, no worries as Urban Threads also have this as a hand embroidery design. Again, the machine embroidery is beautiful but it would be even more beautiful being hand stitched, I just can’t do that. I have carpal tunnel. The hand embroidery design costs $1.00. The machine embroidery design cost $3.00. No wonder I love that shop so much.

Shame on me – I used regular cotton sewing thread for the embroidery. And I used it in the bobbin too.  If you have a machine that does machine embroidery, jiminy crickets the gals at the store would say you can never, ever do that. But truth be told, you can. I had an embroidery shop for years and I know all kinds of tricks. :)  I do use embroidery thread – for my quilting. Anyway, I used the cotton thread because I wanted it matte not glossy.

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Trim up all your sides. Again you could have a 15″ square and the 16″ pillow form would fit.  No stressing here as it will be beautiful regardless of the size.

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Quilt as desired. I did straight line quilting starting around the embroidery design.

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For the back, I pieced together pieces, then strips. Pressed, trimmed and used the same instructions on Pillow #2 to make an envelope back.

That is it.  Pretty Pillow #3 made for a song and a dance.

As always, any questions just ask. I’ll answer.

I’ll have Pillow #4 in a day or so.

Happy Sunday & see you next time.  Also, if you haven’t visited the Giveaway List in a few days, do so. There is about a zillion trillion giveaways. Ok – at least over 100 and some spectacular ones too. Giveaway List can be found at the top of the page.

Debbie

PS..in looking at my pictures my sewing room looks dirty. That isn’t trick photography. It is dirty. I can’t work full time, sew and do my other stuff and clean too. I had to give up something. Look past the dirt, ok?

 

Sep 04

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow #2

 

what can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make. Pillow 2 @ wowilikethat.comWhat can a thrifted sheet and 1 fat quarter make?

Sorry before I said 4 pillows but I squeezed one more out of my little scraps so to be truthful it is 5 adorable pillows.

Today is the one shown above.  I had showed this pillow to my friend who quilts and she said she can’t do little squares. Just can’t do them. Said she doesn’t have patience to do them. I said they really aren’t little squares and you can do them.

So on to the little squares that really aren’t little squares or more affectionately called Pillow #2.

**Be forewarned. There will be extra strip fabric left over when done but that is because there will be enough for Pillow #4. Be patient.

I used my thrifted sheet and one fat quarter of Andover Fabrics Sun Prints to make. You can buy Sun Prints from almost any quilt shop or you can get it from Amazon here.

Cut:  Four 2″ x 26″ of print fabric.

Two 2″ x 1-1/2″ solid fabric (mine was the thrifted sheet)

what can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make. Pillow 2 @ wowilikethat.com

Stitch one  2″ x 26″ print to one 2″ x 26″ solid to one 2″ x 26 print using 1/4″ seams. Press flat.

Repeat with the remaining 3 strips.

what can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make. Pillow 2 @ wowilikethat.com

*Quick Tip – When I use sheets for sewing, I rarely if ever cut with a rotary cutter. I rip instead.  Sheets as well as many other cotton fabrics, rip straight and it is quicker than cutting.  I couldn’t do it on the String of Pearls – I tried but it made the fabric funky so I used the rotary cutter.

See the two sewn together strips above?  Cut or rip a 1-1/4″ x 26″ strip. Stitch this strip in the middle of the 2 pieced strips. what can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make. Pillow 2 @ wowilikethat.com

See the 1-1/4″ strip sewn on the piece above?  As always, press before moving on. Also if needed, straighten up any wiggly edges. Dimensions don’t have to be exact, it can always be fixed at the end. Just make sure everything is even.

Cut the stitched piece into 2″ strips as shown above. Six cut 2″ strips are needed for Pillow #2.

My strips measured 9-1/2 long. I cut or rather ripped three 1″ x 10″ strips. Making it a little longer gives me room to straighten up.

Stitch the 1″ strips to the middle of two 2″ pieces.  Do this 3 times.

what can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make. Pillow 2 @ wowilikethat.com

Above is 2 of the 3 times.  As always, press flat and straighten the edges.

Swhat can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make. Pillow 2 @ wowilikethat.com

Cut or rip two 1-1/2″ x 10″ strips to join the 3 stitched pieces together. Press flat, trim up any wiggly edges.

what can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make. Pillow 2 @ wowilikethat.com

Above is the strips all stitched together – plus some iron water marks. Eeek. Plus shown is the top and bottom piece stitched also.  I made my pillow for a 16″ pillow form. Therefore my fabric needs to be 16-1/2 before stitching the back on.  That is 16″ finished plus 1/4″ seam allowance on both sides for sewing.

My top and bottom pieces were 3-1/4″ wide x the length of the stitched piece which was 13-1/2″.  It does not have to be this exact measure.  Make it work.  If your piece is smaller. Add more fabric to this outside piece.  Got it? Stitch and press flat.

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Do the same for the sides.  Figure what is needed to make a 16-1/2″ piece. I needed two 1-3/4″ x 16-1/2″.  Again, this doesn’t have to be perfect nor even a perfect square. Stitch and press flat and trim any wiggly edges.  That is it. The pillow top is done.

I spray basted to a piece of batting and to a backing piece and quilted with simple straight lines on a diagonal.

 What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? @ wowilikethat.com

To quilt on a diagonal: draw one line, stitch on that line.  Use the edge of your presser foot to add additional lines.

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow #2 @ wowilikethat.com

Since I was using a sheet, I had some already hemmed edges that I used for the back.  First trim up your quilted piece.  Lay the quilted piece on a flat surface.  Two pieces of fabric are needed the depth of the pillow x the width of the pillow plus at least 4″.  If needed, hem the edges. Press.

Lay the fabric right sides together with the quilted pillow top. Overlapping in the middle. (In reading this it doesn’t sound clear. If unsure on how to make a slip in pillow or envelope pillow back – Tater Tots and Jello has some easy instructions here.) Sorry I was done when I realized my shots of this step weren’t that clear. If you have additional questions, ask.

Stitch all around. I used a zig zag stitch and stitched all these seams too so that it can be washed without raveling.  If preferred, it can be serged.

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow #2 @ wowilikethat.com

Clip corners, turn and press well.  Insert pillow form and that is it. Pretty pillow for very little money and very little time.

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow #2 @ wowilikethat.com

If you have questions, ask.

In a couple days I’ll post how-to’s for Pillow # 3 shown below.

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow #2 @ wowilikethat.com

See you next time.

Debbie