Showing posts with label sewing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sewing. Show all posts

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Wedding ring pillow


Recently a friend of mine got married and I wanted to give her a special present. Thinking about it and looking for ideas in magazines and on the internet, I liked a lot the wedding ring pillows and I saw that making one was not a mission impossible, so, let's get to work!

First of all, make a lot of drawings, to find a decoration and a layout of the elements that you like. To make a decoration like mine, make the flowers and the leaves out of white and green felt (see the tutorial about felt flowers).

For the base, cut two squares of fabric 15 cm wide, leaving 1.5 cm to sew.

In one of the squares I stitched the initials of my friends, though an alternative idea could be to put the date of the wedding.

Now is the moment to sew the two squares; do it on the reverse side and leave a small aperture in one of the sides, so that you can later turn it inside out.
The depression that you see in the pictures is necessary so that the rings won't slide to the sides; so, before doing everything else, place the ribbons (two pieces about 20 cm each) in the middle of the pillow and two buttons, one over the ribbons and the other on the bottom of the pillow. Sew through the pillow and the buttons, pressing well, using a doll needle (it will be easier than with a normal one).

Finally, glue the flowers and the leaves with hot glue and, if you like, decorate with a bow of the same color of the stitch.

I hope that you liked this tutorial, if you have any doubt or question just post a comment!



Sunday, September 2, 2012

Teddy bear

This was one of my favorite experiments! After several hours of work and in spite of errors and imperfections, the bear you have in your hand looks so cute that you forget of all those broken threads and needles and of all that mess of the patterns...

I remember that this time I broke the original needle of my sewing machine... and when I went looking for another one, I found out that there exist different kinds for different fabric thicknesses... so, if you are embarking on this venture, I recommend to avoid normal needles (number 12-14) and rather go for a 16 one, as you will sometimes find yourself sewing together 3 or 4 layers of fabric at a time.
By the way, I used the same fabric of the sheep pillow, which is synthetic and soft to the touch.

Here you can download the pattern and aaall the instructions, step by step, to create the bear:

In  addition to the color of the bear, I changed one more thing: instead of the set of animal eyes, I used a pair of flat black buttons.

I bet that now you'd like to make one by yourself =)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sheep pillow


Going on with the memories from 2010... now it's the time of my first work with the sewing machine...the sheep pillow! I found myself cursing a lot the sewing machine because of the thread that broke repeatedly, and well, because of my scarse expertise it came out with some rough spots, but all in all I am quite happy with the result =)
When I saw the tutorial, I fell in love with it immediately! Here is the link:

I just changed one thing: instead of using felt for the body, I used a synthetic tissue that feels like wool to the touch... cheaper and softer ;)

For the filling, I suggest you to go to IKEA and grab the 1.99 EUR pillow: it is perfect!

And here are some pictures of my sheep: