January 15, 2015

A New Merry Christmas Pillow

As part of my ongoing
"Christmas Through The Year 2015"
I proudly present my latest pillow...
Merry Christmas!

This pillow will be mine to keep!
I love the way it matches
our brown couch.

I used my 4th and last (sniff...sniff)
"ink swatch" from Sweetwater.
You may recall the other pillows I've made,
using the other 3 ink swatches.

This "Let It Snow" one really works!
We have a few inches of pretty white stuff now.

I love the sentiments on the next two pillows,
describing what Christmas really means.

I believe in Christmas!

Nothing beats a simple
"Merry Christmas" greeting, right?

For this pillow,
I used some more of my beloved Winter's Lane
fabric by Kate & Birdie Paper Co. for Moda,
in rich brown and red.

I love the way this newest pillow looks
which I made back in 2013.

If you like that topiary pillow,
you can make your own,

As usual,
I've added a covered zipper to the pillow back.
You can learn how to do that

I've made the Merry Christmas pillow
only 12" square.

I adapted the pillow backing tutorial
by cutting my backing pieces out about an inch
larger that the finished dimensions.
It's not necessary to make it exactly the right size.
Just before stitching the backing to the front,
I trim away the excess backing.

This pillow looks pretty from every angle,
with a finished covered zipper.

This petite cushion packs a lot of style
into a small space.

 I'll be sharing more Christmasy projects all year,
so please stop by often, friends!

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January 11, 2015

Ric Rac...or Is It Ricrac? Maybe Rickrack?

I bet when you see this photo,
you won't even need to know what these things are,
edged in ric rac...you just know you like 'em.

{Am I right?}

It turns out these are little coasters!

See how pretty they are, even one at a time?

{My Cath Kidson mug is such a nice model!}

I spent some quality time with my ric rac collection
and made a whole bunch of these coasters,
for a custom order on my Etsy shop, eamylove.

I love the way the different shades of ric rac look
against the bright fabrics.

Mostly I used prints from Briar Rose
by Heather Ross.
I love the tiny grasshoppers on clover...

the cute bees...

and the bright strawberries.

There are even tinier strawberries on the fabrics
from Bake Sale by Lori Holt.
These colors are a bit less intense,
but still nice and bright.

I want to give credit for my inspiration...
I saw them here on the nanacompany blog.
If you would like to learn to make them,
Amy Sinibaldi has told me that they will be included as a project
in her upcoming book,
Sweetly Stitched Handmades!

{It's available for pre-order now and will be released in May 2015.}

My Etsy client asked me to make some ric rac edged coasters for her,
and they were sew much fun to create!

I love everything about ric rac,
except that there are so many ways to spell it!
Ric rac, ricrac, rickrack...
what a nuisance when I'm adding tags
 to posts and photos.

I'm running out of ric rac...must find more!!!
Anybody know a great place to buy ric rac?

I've picked mine up here and there and everywhere...

sometimes it's even on a clearance shelf.
Please let me know if you've got a good source!
If you do, I'll have more of these to show.

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January 4, 2015

Christmas 2015 --- Getting Started

I'm not one for New Year's resolutions,
but I do like to formulate a plan
for my sewing focus each year.

Back in 2013,
I made a conscious effort to sew
something for Christmas every month.
By Christmastime, I had a wide variety
of gifts and decorations.

{See this post for a complete listing of my 2013 holiday projects.}

For 2015, I've made up my mind
 to keep up with Christmas sewing again.
I've got lots of Christmas fabrics in my stash,
and I'd love to see what I can make by December.

It was so gratifying to make this pillow
as a gift for a wonderful friend,
and I was reminded of how much I love handmade holiday presents.

Inspired by that red and black color scheme,
I've already made my first holiday project for this year!
I used two more of my "ink swatches" from Sweetwater,
and I whipped up a pair of holiday pillows.

The first pillow says,
"Joy To The World"...one of my favorite
Christmas carols of all.

I found some sophisticated damask
in a home dec weight at JoAnn's.
I think it sets off the ink swatch perfectly.

Also at JoAnn's, I found cherry red solid home dec fabric.
I used it for the backing of these pillows.
For this pillow, I chose a black and white floral print
for the covered zipper flap.

The second pillow of the set says "Just Believe."

The simple sentiment goes well with this classic palette.

I really love the polka dot zipper cover.
Believe me when I say this method for making
pillow backings is truly easy and versatile.
To adapt it to different pillow sizes,
just add an inch to the finished dimensions of the pillow front.
Your backing will be a wee bit oversized,
but that makes it easy to stitch to the pillow front.

So here it is, only January,
and I've got a couple of plump Christmas pillows,
all ready for next December!

Stop by again soon...
I'll be sharing yet another holiday ink swatch pillow!

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