Project #9: Pillows

photo 3This one was a long, long time coming.  We’ve had our couch two years now and ta da! It finally has pillows!  Whew… I am so relieved to get this project finished.

Who: For our family.

What: I originally thought I’d do envelope enclosures, but they didn’t seem finished enough for the fabric I found.  After reading through this tutorial, I felt like I was up for trying zippers.  I didn’t follow her tutorial completely, but it was the inspiration I needed to get started.

Cost: The fabric is a curtain I bought a long time ago, but didn’t end up hanging up.  They cost (if I remember right) about $20 for the one panel.  I also bought the zippers from Joann’s for $7 total.  The pillow forms I’ve had for years just waiting for this project.  (I’m not going to count their cost here, but they were from Ikea and super reasonable.)

P.S. The scripted pillow is a placemat that I filled with stuffing ages ago.  I just threw it in here for styling purposes.


Hooked on Hot Pads

I’ve been watching a lot of TV lately.  I don’t know what it is- the heat, the reduced work load, something repressed from my childhood- but I can sit for hours and watch reruns.  Total time suck!

To assuage my guilt a little, I’ve been trying to crochet or knit during these epic viewing marathons. HOWEVER…. I can’t take on any larger crochet or knit projects because I have two pillows I’ve been putting off for months and it just wouldn’t be fair to them.  (Anyone else feel like they can’t start a new project because they’ve been neglecting an older project for months? Please say I’m not alone in this!!)  So what’s a TV viewing gal to do?  Crochet a hot pad, of course!

Who: This one is for my family to enjoy.
What: I was inspired by Sew Take a Hike’s tutorial here.  I found a tip here about using freezer paper when sewing crochet onto fabric.  What a lifesaver!!
Cost: Nothing.  Again.  Sorry!!!  I had several bits of yarn from previous projects- so this was a great stash-busting yarn project.  For the fabric, I used a very well-worn pair of khaki pants that I had in my throw away pile.  It was perfect- so soft, but still very strong for use in a hot pad.

Project #5: Felt Fringe Tree Skirt

 Who: This one is for myself. A little selfish, a little early Christmas sewing for myself!photo 2 copy

What: I used the tutorial from Pretty Prudent to make a version of their Felt Fringe Christmas Skirt. I’ve been looking for a tree skirt since we moved into our house several years ago. We have much taller ceilings in our new house and have been getting a 9 or 10 foot tall tree every Christmas. Unfortunately, finding a tree skirt has been impossible. I’ve had three requirements: it has to be large, it has to be non-traditional (especially color-wise), and it has to be cheap.

The ladies at Pretty Prudent do a great job with their tutorial, so I won’t bore you with another set of directions. I will, however, share a little about the dimensions of my skirt.

  • I used 3 yards of red flannel as my base. Before beginning, I cut this and sewed it together to make a larger square. From that, I cut out my skirt base.
  • I used 1/2 yard each of the four colors to make the fringe. For all four colors of felt, I cut them into 3 inch high strips (giving me 6 long strips of each color). I cut my fringe about 3 inches wide.
  • In addition to fringe strips, I also cut 2 inch high strips of the pale pink felt to sew as binding around all the cut edges of my red flannel. I don’t know exactly how much it took to do this, but my guesstimate is that I used a little less than 1 yard of the pale pink felt to make both the fringe and binding.

I absolutely LOVE the end result!! It’s such a big, bright skirt and I can’t wait to use it this Christmas!

Cost: I had about half of this fabric in my stash: 3 yards of red flannel, 1 yard of pale pink felt (didn’t use it all), and 1/4 yard of white felt. I bought the (additional) white, fuchsia and teal from Joann’s. In total, I spent $ 7.50 and spent 2 afternoons working on this- maybe 6-8 hours total.


Sew Cheap Summer Challenge Update

So… it’s now nearly the end of June and I think it’s time to update how I’m doing on this list of summer sewing projects.  Here is the original list of my to 10 sewing goals for the summer updated to show the changes I’ve talked about making and the projects I’ve already finished.  So far, I’ve completed 3 projects and spent a total of $25.

  1. Tiny Curtsy Skirt  Completed 6/21
  2. Itty Bitty Baby Dress
  3. Infant Peasant Dress
  4. Summer Stripes Skirt  Completed 6/5 ( was going to be the Reversible Wrap Top)
  5. The Party Dress  Completed 6/13
  6. Gobble Gobble Turkey Shirt
  7. Gathered Clutch
  8. Mooshy Belly Bunny  Will probably replace with a tree skirt (see below)
  9. Lamb Pillows
  10. Pillow Cover

 Favorite Tree Skirts:

Source: Prudent Baby

Ruffled Tree Skirt from The Crafted Sparrow (with tutorial):

It’s been a fantastic, crafty summer so far and I’m looking forward to crossing off more of these projects in the next month.  And it’s not too late for anyone else who wants to join this Sew Cheap Summer Challenge!

Sew Cheap Summer Challenge

More Project Ideas

Right after hitting publish on this post, I realized I had left off a couple of other projects I want to work on around the house this summer.  I’ve been so crazy about sewing kids clothes, that I had totally forgotten about these.

#1) Throw Pillows for the couch.

This one is mentioned on my list without any details.  Right now, our couch is in desperate need of throw pillows.  I started a couple of crocheted pillow covers back in January that I’d like to finish.  In addition, I want to also sew some pillow covers that I could change depending on my mood (and thus, the Martha Stewart link).  Right now, I’m leaning towards sewing a mix of holiday pillow covers (like this or this), quirky pillow covers (like this or this) or travel related pillow covers (like these).  The tough part of completing this project will be narrowing it down and keeping it within my budget.

#2) Framed Maps for the dining room wall.

This should be easiest of my additional projects since I have most of the materials already.  Six months ago, I bought a set of frames at a garage sale.  Next up, I want to stain them espresso and put in new pictures.  I’m leaning towards maps like thisthis or this, but nothing is finalized.

and finally, a biggie…

#3) A Tree Skirt.

I know it’s only June, but during the holiday season, I simply have no time to sew.  Thus, it’s been several years of me simply throwing some loose fabric under the tree and calling it a “skirt.”  If I’m going to be ready this coming Christmas, I need to start now.  The problem with this project is that I haven’t seen any one tree skirt that made me say, “yeah, that one!!”  I’ve seen so many great ideas that I’m just not sure which direction I want to go in.  So far, I’m loving some sort of combination of thisthis and this.

Definitely, some of my original projects may get bumped in order to give me time and money to focus on these ones.  But that’s ok because I’m super excited to tackle these… if I can ever make up my mind!