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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Birdie Purse!

I showed a picture of this adorable bird purse from Altar'd State back in September.

I fell in love with this purse as soon as I saw it, but for $70 there was no way I was going to buy it.  I finally got around to making my own version.

The entire purse was less than $10 to make.  I bought the exterior fabric from a $2 scrap bin, and I splurged on the interior fabric which was $10/yard.  I used about 1/2 yard of each.

This is the first project I made using my new sewing machine! I love it!  This is the first time I've used any stitching besides a straight stitch.

It's difficult to photograph the inside.  One side has a long pocket with a little pocket on front.  On the other side I stitched down the middle of the pocket to make two smaller pockets. 

The yellow pocket was made using leftover fabric from my chevron pillow.

I have a big research paper due soon, so I may be absent for a week or two.  Wish me luck! I hate writing research papers!

Hope you all have a great week!

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Five Feature Friday #18

I hope you all had an AWESOME Thanksgiving!! It is absolutely my favorite holiday of the year and I ate until I felt sick!

The sewing machine I've been using was reclaimed by my sister, so I bought a new one today.  We'll see how that goes! ;)

Just About Home gave a great tutorial on how to reupholster a chair - and might I add I LOVE this chair!!  The fabric and style are awesome!

Julie's Jotter shared her baby girl's nursery - it has an adorable gallery wall and is full of birdie goodness!

This refinished blue desk from Oops! Redone turned out great! I love the beautiful blue with white handles!

Imperfectly Polished showed her awesome jewelry display - I love the layers and textures!


Now that Thanksgiving has passed, I give you all permission to decorate for Christmas! (Just kidding!) All In A Day made a great Christmas pillow - it looks great in it's simplicity!

Feel free to grab a button if you were featured!


I wanted to thank Beckie from Knock Off Decor for featuring my Target knockoff pillow.  Also, thanks Cassie for letting Beckie use your photo!

For those of you crazy brave enough to venture out shopping today, I hope you survived!


Friday, November 18, 2011

Make Your Own Chevron Fabric - Pillowcase Tutorial!

It's no secret that I love chevron.  I took awhile to warm up to it, but now I can't get enough!

Unfortunately though, there is a severe lack of chevron fabric in the stores around here.  I can find it online, but I'm not a huge fan of buying online and it can be expensive.

Solution? Make my own chevron fabric!

For an 18x18 pillow cover you need:

19x19 fabric for front
19x25 fabric for back
4, 1 3/4 inch strips in width of your fabric for stripes

Whenever I am working with stripes I like to rip my fabric, rather than cut it.  I ripped four 1 3/4 inch wide strips out of a creamy colored linen.  My main fabric is a yellow linen.

I apologize in advance for some of the blurry photos.  The lighting in my house is real bad at night!

Start by spacing out your four strips at your desired distances and pin them in place.

Starting with the top strip, fold the fabric back on itself where you want the first point.

Using your finger to hold the fold in place, fold the fabric back in the original direction at an angle so it makes a diagonal crease.

This is the first point of your stripe.  Pin it in place.

Continue this with your first strip until you reach the edge of the main fabric.  You can make your stripes as wide or narrow as you want!  I just wanted two points in my stripes.

Repeat this process for the rest of your stripes.  You should have excess fabric on the edge.  Cut this off and you can use it to fill in the small gaps at the top and bottom where a full strip won't fit.

Sew the strips on by sewing a straight line down the middle of the strip until you hit the point of the strip.  Keeping your needle in the fabric, turn your pillowcase so you can sew a straight line down the next part of the strip.  Do this for each stripe!
You know the rest of the drill.  Make your envelope closure and you're done!

It's difficult to get a close photo of the detail, but I tried.

I love the texture of the linen!

I used 8 inches of the creamy linen, and about 1/2 yard of the yellow linen.  I used my Jo-Ann coupon so this cost me about $5 to make!

I won't be doing a five feature friday this week.  I just didn't get time to look around at everyone's projects!

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