I finally said to myself "ok try to do something constructive tonight". I busted out the sewing machine and stared at it. Frightening.
I wanted to make something and had torn out this article from Country Living a few weeks back. You can find it here. It details how to make a pillow cover from button down shirts.
I had recently gone through my closet that I share with my husband looking for items to donate. (He has no clue I rummage his side looking for things). I came across a couple of shirts and tossed into bag with some of my belongings.
Tonight I dug into the bag and pulled out this white linen shirt (that had never even been worn). I had no idea what I was doing, but figured how hard can it be to follow directions.
3 hours later, I have a pillow. I followed the directions, but I didn't measure my pillow form all that well. What do I know about seam allowance? The first form I tried made the pillow look fat. Picture a fat man at restaurant with his shirt taught and tight. I found a smaller pillow form and sewed new seams.
This is the first time I have sewn anything in guessing close to 10 years. It was like riding a bike navigating the machine, but I learned a lot tonight. (BTW, I skipped step #5).
Couple of hints:
-check your measurements
-iron your seams flat
-clip your corners
-plan for any embellishments ahead of time. I wanted to add ric rack trim but forgot.
-get excited for your next one!
I'd be happy to answer any questions as I didn't take photos along the way. I was way too focused.
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