Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sew Easy Pillow

Yes, I finally did it.   I set up my sewing machine and got to work.  Luckily it was incredibly easy since I had left the bobbin in from the last time I used it, and thankfully I was going to use white thread for this project!  There was very little cursing involved!

So as I mentioned I got these great tea towels for Christmas from friends of mine who live in Romford UK -except they are purple and red....NOT the colours of my kitchen!  I knew I wanted to do something with them-but what? The top floor of our townhouse has a great reading nook with a bookshelf, chaise and lamp and I thought that a purple and red Union Jack flag pillow would be the perfect addition, and potentially the start of a great decorating scheme....

Here's what I started with:
Isn't that tin adorbs....The tea towels were packed in there!

I took out the seams along the edges
so I had some extra space to make mistakes

After that long and ardous process I got sewing.  I bought a simple white mini bolt of fabric from walmart and used that for my backing.  I cut a piece larger than the flag, just incase.
Then I carefully pinned two sides together.

Then I got sewing! 
I used a simple straight stitch since my fabric didn't have a stretch and really I didn't need anything more fancy than that!

Once I had 3 sides sewn up I stuffed that sucker!
I used 2 of these bags to fill my pillow!  It's not over stuffed, because I kinda like squishy pillows.....I also underestimated how big the pillow really was, volume wise!
I probably should have used 3 bags?

Then I carefully sewed the edge of the pillow closed. 
I debated putting in a zipper (eek!) or buttons, but I figured if I ever grow tired of my flag pillow, I'll just recover it!

And here's how it looks in my reading nook!

I've got a whole UK theme idea for this 'room' now.  Union Jack Pillow, "Keep Calm" framed picutre, round side table with heirloom tea cup candles (I will be doing a tutorial on this soon-you're gonna love it!)

It was fun making this pillow-I feel very accomplished since I've been yakkin' about making it since January!
This definitely WON'T be my last sewing project!



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Jill said...

This is SO cute! It looks great! Maybe when I come to visit we can tackle zippers and button holes! :)

Barb said...

Looks awesome! Great job!

Jana said...

Turned out great!

Catch A Falling Star said...

I am crazy obsessed with the Union Jack!
I LOVE your pillow!
What a great job you did!

the cape on the corner said...

love this! saw it featured on envirocraftiness, but how did i miss this before?

Cheryl said...

Well Done ! LOVE it !