Monday, December 6, 2010
Pillows for my bed!
I did this sewing project last spring, right before we packed up all of our stuff for the summer and put it into storage. (We went to California for the summer, because my husband sold pest control, and we were lucky enough to have a furnished apartment) Consequently, I didn't get a chance to take any pictures of the pillows on my bed before we left, and so I am now sharing them with you!
My husband and I found a comforter set that we loved, but unfortunately, it had no euro-shams that went with it. I decided that it would be easy enough to make my own, so I enlisted the help of Rochelle, and we went to work!
I decided to use both cream and black satin fabric, to match my bedspread. I thought it would be fun to have two different options to keep things exciting, so I made the pillows different on each side - one side is black with cream ruffles, and the other side is cream with black ruffles.
First, we measured the length and width of the Euro Pillows that we had, and added 2 inches to the length, and 4 inches to the width. Then we cut the fabric accordingly.
The hardest part about making the pillows was the ruffles! We sewed only one line of straight stitches down the middle of the fabric strips, and attempted to gather the ruffles. Turns out, long strips of satin are hard to gather. After a lot of anger, frustration, cursing, spitting, etc. we talked to my mom, and she told us a little tip that would have made things a lot easier: sew TWO lines of straight stitches. Apparently, this makes the ruffle lay more flat, and if one of the threads breaks (which happened multiple times to us..) then you still have the other one. Aren't moms so smart?
So, after gathering the strips, we sewed them onto the pillow case panels.
Then, we sewed the panels together - one side was cream, the other was black - girls like to have options! :) I left one side open and used grosgrain ribbon for the ties.
And here is the final picture - this is how my bed looks when its made... ;)
Check out this post about how I made the green accent posey pillow!
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