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.
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?