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« on: December 18, 2007 12:22:36 PM »

So, I am actually entering the crazy world of machine sewing, armed with my shiny new Brother LS-30 (don't laugh - sale at Walmart). With the help of the book Sew Subversive, I decided I would make pillow covers for Christmas gifts! I'll post here each time I make a new one. My first one took about an hour, but that included measuring out fabric and all of that. I used one of those pre-made polyfil pillows that are meant to be covered.

Here's the results:

This one is for my 8-year-old brother in law. (That just sounds weird.)

That second one shows how the cover opens in the back. Just a typical pillow cover. And you can see the corner of Sew Subversive on the left. Smiley


More pillow covers:

For my mother in law, who has a horse that looks like the brownish one right on front (I made one with this fabric for my 7 year old horse crazy sister too):

For my mom (and yay! I have some of this fabric left for myself!):

For my dad, who likes working on old cars:

For my 13-year-old brother in law (again, weird sounding):
« Last Edit: December 27, 2007 07:57:42 AM by marleah - Reason: added more pictures » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2007 01:58:37 PM »

i am proud of u as well*   i tell anyone who is really interested in sewing to start with making square to retangle pillows*  they are easy to make and u learn how to sew straight and pivot at the corners*  keep u the great work*  can not wait to see other creations* Grin Wink


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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2007 02:00:01 PM »

Way to go!  The fabric is great for a boy that's 8! 

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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2007 09:14:03 PM »

nice..i like sew..it make us enjoy the time ..go further with other project..good luck....patchwork is a nice choice to try
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2007 07:59:44 AM »

I edited the original post and added pictures of the other pillow covers I made! I tried to find fabric that fit each person, and I think I did pretty well. In fact, I gave Brandon (the one who got the dragon pillow) his in the morning, and in the evening when we had gone to their aunt's and uncle's house for dinner, he was still carrying it around.  Grin I think they liked them.

« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2007 10:51:23 AM »

I love those!  I am looking into buying a inexpensive sewing machine and trying to learn.  That looks like a project I might start with Smiley  Great job!
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2007 08:08:47 PM »

Yay you!!!!!!  Whatcha gonna make next?  Excellent job on the pillow covers by the way.  :-)
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2007 09:27:04 PM »

Those look great! Very neat job...
I just got a sewing machine as well, and I'm working up to posting pics of my first projects.
Looking forward to seeing what you do next!
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« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2007 09:13:42 AM »

So far I've made a fleece hat for my little sister (just one of those square hats that look like cat ears when it's worn) that I haven't gotten pictures of to post yet. I'm also trying to make one of those tag blankets - my husband's cousin just had a baby, so I'd like to give her one that's embroidered with his name/birthdate. I'm just worried about it being giftable quality!

The Sew Subversive book is really pretty helpful for beginners learning how to sew. Yes, the ideas in it are pretty "young," but they really emphasize that it's ok to mess up and that what you make isn't going to always be perfect, especially not right away. It kind of takes away the fear - I recommend it to any of you who are just starting out!

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