2.27.2012

Made: Sewing 101- Raw Edge Applique Pillow.


Last I alluded to my next sewing 101 project, which was to make another pillow with raw edge applique, but this time in a circle pattern.

If you are new to my blog, or otherwise need to catch up, read more about Project Sewing 101 here .

At the craft store I couldn't find a 25 x 25" pillow form, and since I thought that would be huge anyway, opted for the smaller one, the 18x18" square.  But that meant that I'd have to do a bit of math and design modification for the applique design to come out right.

The circles are all a bit smaller than the given pattern, and I added in those 4 really small circles for both interest & because I miscalculated a bit!

In terms of the technique- I found sewing around the circles to be very challenging.  (As you can see in the close up to the left, the stitches are WAY crooked.)  But, they're all pretty centered and cut nicely.  I think I would have used grey thread if I had to do this over so my wonky stitches wouldn't show up so much on the dark grey circles.




Another problem I noticed was that I forgot to buy the closure for the back of this pillow.  Since I'm supposed to be learning new techniques, I know I probably should have waited and ran out to get it.  BUT, I really just want to be done with pillows so I did a simple overlap closure instead.


So there you have it: the completion of all 3 chapter 2 pillow projects.  Up next is a chapter on organizers where I learn to use interfacing, make pockets, and build structural projects!  Wow...it looks very challenging, but I know I'm up for it.

Question- Have you done anything very challenging lately?

13 comments:

Kristin at My Art and the Mom in Me said...

Beautiful. I never cease to be impressed by your endless pool of talent.

Duni said...

Your trio looks fab! Nice way to spruce up the couch :)

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I bet circles would be hard! But I like that they're not perfect...I think it gives them character :)
Your pattern with the four little circles made it look great! Who needs math :)

Jenny Chang said...

They look great. I'm impressed.

Rose said...

I have tried a few paper circles, and it's hard, even going very slowly. Yours look better than mine do. I know that we'll both get better with practice, though! I like the overlap closure and don't think that it needs anything more complex.

Congrats on finishing these pillows! Best of luck with your next projects.

Lin said...

Very nice! If you go slowly, your stitches will be easier to control going in circles.

What kind of machine do you have?

Kathleen said...

What fun! These look great =)

Judy Nolan said...

I remember the first time I sewed something with a curve--it was challenging! Your pillows turned out well, and I really like the neutral colors you have chosen.

storybeader said...

I remember that pillow! I like the three together - very cute! And it's great that you can remove and wash the covers. Always a good addition to any pillow! {:-D

Sedruola Maruska said...

The pillows look great! I'm so impressed by how you've just decided to do it and go with it. Love the challenging yourself part! Keep up the lovely work. You're very talented!

Additionsstyle said...

Your pillows turned out fantastic! I love the colors and shapes. You did a really good job cutting out your circles, they look great. I hope your next chapter is full of more fun projects.
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

FabricFascination said...

These are thoroughly modern, and so attractive.

Annie said...

Ah, your pillows look wonderful! I love the fabric color scheme and the geometric shapes for tying them all together.

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