1-2-3 Sew. I had to skip project #4 due to missing supplies (and have since made a $117 trip to JoAnn's to stock up on materials for the next 6 projects- eep!). I'm realizing that working through this book on what I already have isn't always going to be an option, but I digress...
Project #5 was to make a pillow with applique decoration on the front and a button closure on the back. I was very excited that I could still use that linen that I have on hand from making curtains, and get rid of a few more of the fat quarters from my stash.
I was also excited at the prospect of learning to machine sew button holes & buttons!
The back turned out quite nicely I think. Piecing the larger panels was pretty easy, and I didn't realize that sewing a button hole is no more than just putting on the right presser foot, popping the button onto it, selecting the buttonhole stitch and pressing go. Really, the machine just takes care of it for you!
I couldn't quite understand the directions for sewing on a button, so I just did it by hand and promised myself to revisit this skill another time. So the list grows of skipped skills to catch up on:
The front, while complete, is a bit of a hot mess I'm afraid:
I'm still having issues with cutting fabric (as proper equipment isn't yet in my budget) and some of these required precision beyond my current skill. I'm also still struggling with smooth stitching. I didn't have clear thread, so just used white. Also- the book didn't say, any seamstresses out there know how exactly you are supposed to line up the applique stitch? Is the whole thing supposed to edge the applique or is it that the little triangle part is all that's supposed to be on it??
Now I could dwell on this project forever to make a perfect one, but I realized that the point of this project isn't to make 100 perfect pillows for me. It's to complete the book and I figure that since each project requires certain basic skills, I'll keep repeating them until I can actually get a good grip on them anyway, so why dwell any one project?