When In Doubt ~ Sew

I come from a long line of seamstresses on both sides of my family. I also come from royalty too, according to my grandmother, but that certainly doesn’t make me royalty. In other words, I likely should have spent less time playing business when I was a kid and spent more time learning to read patterns like my mother wanted me to.

What can I say, I’m a rebel.

I still cherish sewing though, it’s a huge part of who I am – even if I’m not as skilled as the ladies I came from. The above machine is my pride and joy. We have our tussles, and we have our successes, but we get there together. She’s nothing fancy, just like me and sometimes her tension is wound a little too tight, just like me, but all in all she’s a sturdy hearty machine, just like me. She was also one of my Memere’s machines so the sentimental value is right up there.

My machine and I have been through a lot, and we have a long way to go together. She’s going to see this house whipped into shape someday. Since the plans are to renovate the house, and we’re stubborn, we refused to buy new furniture – or spend money on paint for a wall we’re ripping apart. For 3 1/2 years we have spent our time building a garage, building a barn, landscaping and taking care of necessities (like a new staircase into the basement).

Though we’ve come a long way, I decided this weekend our house needed a pop of color. Something I could eventually bring into the new living space, and something new for now. Our livingroom is currently wood paneling, and is rather dark so a bright super simple pillow was on the agenda.

These are the current pillows we have on one of our two couches. “Yikes” is the correct reaction.

These pillows are 2 yards long measured out. I decided to go with a handful of smaller pillows. First, I hit up mardens and picked out some fun fabric for only about $2.99 a yard. Then, I measured out the fabric on my incredibly awesome painted plywood floor. Each pillow, at finished, is roughly 24 inches wide.

Then my handy dandy singer and I went to work. I like to sew super simple pillows on a fold – it leaves only 3 sides to sew and a clean line on top. Turn it inside out, sew up the edges, but leave about a 4 inch hole for stuffing, flip it right side out and go to town with fluff. I happened to have a very large bag from a year ago that I finally was able to use up. A simple hand stitch to close the opening and voila, a pillow! I purposely made this a super simple pillow. The lines are perfect, and it’s not fancy but it gives me something bright to snuggle up to in a room that’s pretty dark and sometimes that’s all you need.

In the end I was able to get a pop of color, and a little sanity back. It helps me to keep visualizing the final goal.

We’ve come so far in the yard, but patience is a virtue. So until the renovations start, you’ll likely find me covered in thread and hear my little machine ticking away the days until we hear the first rip of wooden board off the wall.

Happy Sewing,


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