Sew, Knit, Crochet – Yarn & Fabric + HM #251

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Sew, Knit, Crochet – Yarn & Fabric + HM #251

Now’s the time to get those projects done for all of your holiday gift-giving, stocking stuffers, and hostess gifts. The gals of Home Matters have a fun and fabulous roundup of sewing, knitting, and crocheting ideas. Find free patterns, learn a new skill, and have a blast. Enjoy!

 

15 Quick Crochet Gifts to Make from Anna @ Make and Takes

 

Easy Free Patterns – 7 Crochet Hats from KristaRescued Paw Designs

 

Useful Crochet Kitchen Accessories – Free Patterns from AndreaYour Crochet

 

How to Loom Knit a Scarf with Video Tutorial from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

 

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DIY Eclectic Fall Wreath from Cherelle @ The Inspired Prairie

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Pillow Shams – Easy Peasy

Pillow Shams – Easy Peasy

I can’t believe it is already the end of May.  It just warmed up here in Northwest Iowa.  We are now getting some nice weather, and I am excited to be outside.

Hi Life with Lorelai readers.  I am really excited to be sharing this super easy sewing tutorial with you this week.

 

 

Pillow Shams – Easy Peasy

This need for bedding came about when I created my DIY Shutter Headboard. I went to shoot some photos of this awesome headboard I had just created, and my bedding looked like something from a dorm room or worse.  I was so upset and thought there is no way I can put this on my blog. I have always worked on the other rooms in our house that are seen by guests, so this room has always been on the back burner.

I headed to my home improvement store to pick up a 9×12 canvas drop cloth.  And, I was in luck.  They were on sale for $13.99.  I was so excited.

We have a queen size bed.  This one drop cloth created the bed spread and the pillow shams.

The drop cloths are pretty stiff when you first open them.  I ran it through the was 2 times; then, put it in the dryer.  It is pretty nice now.

I laid the drop cloth across the bed and all I had to do was cut off one end and finish the edge by turning it under and stitching it.  Bed spread…DONE!

For the shams, this is what I did:

I like to use pinking shears to cut the fabric.  I think it helps with fraying edges.

I used a sham from the guest room as a size and pattern guide.  I cut the front piece of the shams about 1 inch larger than the sample sham.  For the back side, I cut it about 4 inches larger in width, but the same size in height as the front piece.  This gave me an overlap  in the back to insert the pillow.

You can see the overlap in the above photo. ( My overlap ended up not being quite big enough.  There is a little gap-o-sis in the back when the pillow is in the sham.  You can overlap more if you have enough fabric.)

The two edges on the overlapped pieces need to be turned under and stitched.

Then, place right sides together (the front and the two back pieces) pin, and stitch all the way around the edges.  I use a ½ inch seam allowance.

After you have stitched all the way around, trim the corners a bit (just cut the corner at a diagonal being sure not to get too close to the stitches.

Turn the sham right side out. Take time to poke the corners from the inside, so they are not too rounded.

I pressed it good then did two rows of stitching on the outside.  One row really close to the edge and the other row about 1 ½ inches in.

Then, you are done!

I think they turned out pretty nice for a drop cloth project.  I hope you like them too.

~Michelle

 

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DIY – Pillow Covers

A Little Pillow Talk

When we fixed up the living room after the flood repairs and renovations, we put neutral covers on our couch and loveseat. Rory and I found some really pretty pillows to brighten them. Since there is not yet any decoration at all on the walls, the pillows really made a big difference. We decided that having seasonal pillows would be something we could have fun with while changing the feel of the room a bit from time-to-time.

It was late spring when we got our lovely pillows, and we haven’t changed them yet. our major budget constraints has kept up from being able to purchase four pillows at $25 to $35 a pop. But last Friday, Rory and I went out to the Sugar Plum Christmas Boutique (you can read more about Sugar Plum here). We didn’t expect to purchase anything. We just went out to look around and have some fun, which we did. Then, we found a 3-1/2 yard remnant on sale for $4.50 … I quickly estimated if that would be enough to cover my pillows and decided we couldn’t pass it up.

At home, I scrounged through my mother’s old sewing stuffs and found thread and snaps, as well as some leftover ribbon that I’d been saving. I measured the pillows and came up with a formula for how much material I would need to cover each pillow and just how I would go about sewing it. This is what I came up with…

DIY Pillow Covers

How Much Fabric Is Needed:

  • Measure Your pillow all the way around both length and width.

For the Length:

  • Add 1-1/2 inches for turning and sewing edges.
  • Add another 6 inches for overlap.

My pillows are square. they measured 33-1/2 inches. So here’s the formula for figuring out how to cut my fabric.   33.5 + 1.5 + 6 = 41 inches

For the Width:

  • Divide the all around width measure by 2
  • Add 1-1/2 inches for side seams
  • Add 1/4 inch for stuffing room

33.5 / 2 = 16.75

16.75 + 1.5 + .25 = 18.5 inches

So, I needed to cut 41 x 18.5 inch pieces of fabric .

How To Sew The Pillow Covers:

  • Start with the short edges of the fabric. Turn fabric right-side down. Fold edge over to the wrong-side of fabric (about the width of the sewing foot). Stitch.
  • Turn the edge over again and Stitch. This will keep raw edges from being exposed. Do both short edges of fabric this way.
  • Fold the fabric length-wise, right-side out, so there is 6 inches of overlap. Pin and stitch each side. (I lined up the edge of the sewing foot with the edged of the material.)
  • Once both sides are stitched, turn the pillow cover inside out and stitch the sides again.
  • Flip pillow cover right-side out. Your sewing is finished!

Options:

You do not need to use anything to seal the overlap flap closed, but you could use snaps (like me) that would be hidden, velcro, buttons, or even ribboning. The possibilities are endless.

This is a basic, simple pillow cover that you can embellish how ever you like. I decorated my pillow with a fall ribbon.

**NOTE –  my ribbon was wired, so I pulled the wire out of the ribbon before sewing it around the pillow. Since I will be using these pillow covers for Christmas as well as Thanksgiving, I did not attach the ribbon to the pillow cover, but rather just sewed it around it so that it will slide off when I want to change the decoration. I hand stitched the ribbon at the edges so you cannot even see where I stitched.

So, for $4.50 Rory and I have new Fall pillows just in time for our Thanksgiving celebration!

Do you have any money saving decorating ideas?

I’d love to hear your ideas for pillow decorations.

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