Call Me Kim Possible

Please ignore the super lame title. It’s early-ish in the morning. But I did it! I have officially completed the Imagine the Impossibilities Challenge and am now 4 pillows richer, or is it poorer since I bought supplies to make them? Oh well, the point is they are done and they look awesome! I seriously don’t know why I was so afraid of sewing because this was a blast! Woohoo! 

For those of you out there that also have a sewing phobia I’ll give you a quick tutorial on how I made these little beauties. For my small pillows (which at 12’x12′) I bought $2 18’x21′ fabric quarters and they worked perfectly!

First, measure and cut a square 1 inch larger than the size of your pillow. My pillow is 12 in. so i made my first square 13’x13′.

For the back panals I measured 13′ wide, but only made them 9′ tall. This will create enough overlap
for a nice flap so the pillow case can be removed.

Sew what will be the inside edges of the the flaps so it is a nice clean line. I used a zig zag stitch for all of my pillows. (I also used a Brother sewing machine, so the zig zag was setting 2 for me)

Sew the first flap on. Make sure you sew the pillow inside out so the messy part will be on the inside.

Now sew the second flap on. Remember part of the second flap will overlap the first. 

Turn your pillow case right side out and put it on a pillow!

 

Ain’t it pretty?! 🙂

For the bigger pillow, since my fabric was larger (almost 3 yards at a great deal), I cut the width 17′ (it’s a 16×16 pillow) and doubled it (34′)
so the fabric would wrap around to make the pocket and flaps on the back. Then I sewed up the sides just like with
the first 2 pillows. 

This was a fail. The length of the fabric actually needed to be more than twice the length to create the proper
sized flap. Boo! Later this week I may add some extra fabric to this messed up pillow so the flap will at least stay closed. I’ll keep you posted. 

 

For bigger pillow #2 I just stuck to my original strategy and it worked really well. (Ignore the stained carpet, we are counting down until we can move out of this rental.)And here are all the pretty pillows together!Again, I don’t know what I was so scared of! The pillows look pretty good (if I do say so myself) and they add a lot more personality to the futon. I can’t wait until I can decorate the whole man cave!

Aside from sewing pillows we stayed in and cleaned/organized. Also I’m thinking of maybe using my leftover striped fabric for the bottom of block curtains for the new house? What do you think? Would that be too busy? What did you do this weekend? 

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