Friday, May 20, 2011

Reversible Pillows with Piping and Envelope Backs

My friend, Kim Leong, asked me to sew her some pillow covers and do one window treatment in her house. I have made myself some pillows before, but never anything so involved. Mine (below):

I have never done piping or envelope backs. I have actually never even put in a zipper. I have watched someone once, but never attempted it myself. However, that didn't stop me. I looked up on Youtube different tutorials and planned out my strategy. I made a practice pillow that was slightly smaller and made adjustments where needed. Each time I sewed it got better and better, and by the third and fourth pillow, I really hit my stride! Something helpful was that I used my regular sewing foot for putting the piping onto one side of the fabric, THEN, I used my zipper foot to sew all pieces together. That's my helpful tip for you!

Here is what we started with:
Dull, Drab, and Boring! 

But, NO more, my friends! Here are the fun fabrics that Kim picked out! She wanted Bright and Cheery for her children's playroom futon/guest room.
We use Premier Prints Dandelion, Damask, and a Bird Fabric for one back and a Ty Pennington Coral Fabric for the center pillow!

I made them all reversible with envelope backs! And made three with Envelope backs to the side, so that you can flip them over and not have the envelope right down the center of the pillow. Here's the tutorial I used to study how to make Envelope backs.

I love the different options that you can get with using the reversible fabrics! This look is another favorite option of mine! 

We haven't done her window treatments yet, because I am busy this week working on The Mather Company's Window Treatments for their flip house! If I keep getting window business, I think I might have to go to school to become a professional at this, so I can work with designer's and other clients. That would be fun! Don't you think!?

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Summer Fun with Embroidery!

Summer Beach Essentials: Tote, Towel, Sun Hat, Swimsuit (above)
I've really been enjoying my new sewing/embroidery machine! It has been SO much fun! I have been so busy working on all kinds of projects for friends! I thought I would give you guys a glimpse of the fun I've been having and how adding a little monogram or name to even a Target towel or a plain swimsuit just spices things ups and makes things personal!
Towel and Toddler's Sun Hat w/Name Embroidery
Tote: I did this one for myself because I wasn't sure how it would come out! It turned out super cute though, don't you think?
Toddler Sun Hat w/Toddler Swimsuit
Here's Naomi in her sun hat and adorable Navy Ruffle Swimsuit with her Mongram...Can you tell I love doing things for my niece?
I've also enjoyed making her some bloomers!
I made several of these headbands for the student's at my mom's dance studio, too!
I have loved making things for other little babies, too! here is a yellow/blue combo Burp Cloth and Baby Boy Hat! 
And here is the precious sweet boy in his hat! 
I also wanted to try out a verse on a dish towel, so I made this one for Hart's mom! "Taste and see that the Lord is good" Psalm 34:8

Last, but not least is a dish towel with "Mrs" embroidered on it! Wouldn't that be such a fun gift for the bride to be?

Let me know if you see something you would like to have or give as a gift! Summer is such a great time for personalized items! 

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Monogramming Prices

Hi all! I've been busy sewing and haven't made it to posting my curtain tutorial for you! Sorry! It will happen, some time! Cai has been teething and I haven't been getting as much sleep as I would like!

I just thought I would go ahead and put some baseline prices on here for those of you that may be looking to get something embroidered by me!

I have a list of fonts that I will email you to choose from if you would like something embroidered/monogrammed!

Embroidery Prices:

One Letter (up to 4 inches) - $5
Three Letters (typical monogram) - $8
Name or Word* (7 letters or less) - $10
*Add .50 each for extra letters (7+)

Small group discount available for more than 5 items - 10% off

Let me know if you have an embroidery need! I hope to post some pictures of some of the things that I have embroidered lately for you! I can do baby hats, burp cloths, sheets, towels, clothing, etc.