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comfy sews tutorial: sunburst pillow tutorial

[Re-posting this tutorial I orignally posted on Luvinthemommyhood/Versus blog a couple weeks ago.]

How about a Comfy Sew for your home?  Maybe something for on a chair, your couch, or your bed?  Well, today I want to show you a really fun pillow to make.  It’s made of really soft and pretty linen with a sunburst of pintucks!  Simple and elegant and modern.


1/2 yard linen (or any solid color fabric would really look stunning as well), you may need up to 1 yard depending on what size pillow form you use
one pillow form 14×20 – the one I’m using is actually from Target, it’s a travel pillow (you’ll find them right next to the regular bed pillows, the best part is that they’re under $5)
thread, pins, etc.
Cutting the pieces:
  • main front piece 20″ wide by 16″ tall (this is cut a little tall for the pillow form, but it’s to leave room for the pintucks)
  • envelope back closure pieces: 14″ tall by 16″ wide, 14″ tall by 12″ wide
Additional measurments for a 12×24 pillow form:  front piece 24″ wide by 14″ tall, cutting down to 12″ tall after pintucking, back closure pieces 12″ tall by 18″ wide, 12″ tall by 9″ wide.
Measurements for a king size pillow 20″ tall by 36″ wide:  front (36″ wide by 22″ tall, cutting down to 36″ wide by 20″ tall), back closure pieces 20″ tall by 26″ wide, 20″ tall by 14″ wide.
Also, I thought I should add that the smaller you cut your pillow sizes the firmer fit on the pillow form.  I usually like a really snug and tight fit, so I often cut my pieces smaller than the pillow form just to get that nice tailored look.
*** I just want to note here that the photos I’ve taken for this tutorial are from making a king size pillow cover, but the technique is the same no matter what size pillow form you use.
Making the sunburst pintucks:
Using the edgestitching foot on your machine (or even your regular sewing foot – you’ll just have to be a little more precise) sew the pintucks.
Take the pillow main front piece and make an angled fold in the fabric, WRONG sides together.  Press.
Stitch fairly close to the fold.  This is where the edgestitching foot comes in really handy.
See that little metal piece sticking down from the middle?  That’ll be where you hold the fold up next to, and it’ll give you a really nice straight pintuck without worry about wobbles.
Again, if you don’t have a machine with that foot, a regular foot will work just fine, just try and make your stitches as straight as you can.  Press pintuck towards the top.  Repeat pintucks by making radiating lines from one side of the pillow (you choose which side – no need to be technical here).
(this seam looks wobbly here, but it’s just the nature of the linen, once it’s pressed it lays flat and smooth)
Just keep making angled folds to guide where your pintucks will be (I did 5 pintucks per pillow), don’t worry about placing them in an exact place, it’s meant to be more abstract.  If you’re not comfortable doing that, just use a water soluble pen to mark the lines where you’ll be folding (just be sure that your water soluble pen still comes out once you’ve ironed over it).  Trim the pillow top down so it measures 20″ wide by 14″ tall.
Making the pillow back:
Feel free here to use whatever pillow closure method you prefer.  I really love a good invisible zipper on a pillow, if you want to try one out, I highly recommend Sew Katie Did’s Invisible Zipper Tutorial.  The easiest and quickest method (and the one I’m showing you here) is an envelope style closure, easy to sew and pops off quickly for washing.
Take one envelope back piece and press one 14″ side over to the WRONG side by 1/2″, repeat.  Stitch close to the fold.  Repeat for remaining envelope back piece.
Assembling the pillow:
Lay your pillow top RIGHT side up on your table.  Place the wider envelope back piece RIGHT side down on top, aligning the raw edges and having the hemmed edge facing the middle.  Next, lay the remaining envelope back piece RIGHT side down, aligning the raw edges.  Pin.
Sew around entire rectangle using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Serge, zig-zag stitch or leave edges raw.  Clip corners.  Press again, insert pillow form and you’re set.

This also could easily be sized up or down to fit the pillow form of your choice. Now go sew some comfy stuff!

Thanks again Shannon for having me over to duke it out!  Be sure to stay tuned to Luvinthemommyhood for lots more of Comfy Sews vs. Cozy Knits!


pink lemonade party

Well, I’ve been having fun not sewing lately, but planning a little party for a certain soon-to-be 5 year old. 

We used to throw a big party each year for Natalie’s birthday, but as things have gotten busier we haven’t had a big party for her the past couple years.  A few things I’ve tried to keep in mind while I’ve been dreaming up ideas for Natalie’s party was to:
a. keep it simple, it’s so easy to go overboard
b. make sure to include things that she really likes with things I think are reasonable
c. invite just a few friends

Natalie’s into anything pink and can often be found in a totally pink outfit from head to toe. So to make the party less sugary sweet (and NOT completely pink) I chose yellow and pink as the colors – a pink lemonade party!

I put together this simple party invite just for fun.  We’ll hopefully be partying at a local park if the weather cooperates, which should be really fun for everyone to run around and be entertained. 

I was inspired to add butterflies to the invite after purchasing this sweet little pack of butterflies from The Gilded Bee (I’m planning to use them to decorate the cake).  She runs a super cute etsy shop based in Iowa.  I love finding great shops like The Gilded Bee and when they’re relatively local, it makes it even better!

I also made these ultra cute bubble gum necklaces for party favors.

I’m definitely not skilled at making jewelry, but these were just so fun and Natalie loves chewing gum.  You can follow the Valentine Gumball Necklace tutorial over at One Charming Party

Not sure if it’s just me, but I didn’t think these were the easiest things to make.  I ended up reading through the comments and a lot of people were having luck drilling holes in the gumballs with a drill, and it worked for me.  I was kind of obsessive about trying not to touch the gumballs too much, they seemed to really melt in my fingers when I first gave it a try.  I held them in a paper towel when drilling them and that seemed to help.

I’ve got a few more things to show you, but that’ll wait for another post.



{feel free to scroll down if you don’t want to read my rambling}

Sometimes I feel like this blog is too much, in both good and not-so-good ways.  I don’t want to ever come across as just wanting to talk about myself and how cool I am (because I’m definitely not).  I never would have thought that after starting this blog that anyone would be interested in reading what I have to say.  It’s become overwhelming in two very different ways:

  • Overwhelming in an awesome way due to the fact that I’m very grateful to have you all as readers, I’m so glad you’ve found some of the things I do interesting.  I’m very grateful to have found wonderful friends that are encouraging and interested in the same things I am. 
  • It’s also overwhelming because it hasn’t been easy.  It may look all peachy and fun all day long everyday at my house, but we all know that’s not the truth.  Like many of you I like to keep things positive and filled with the things I like and enjoy.  I struggle everyday to find the balance between my family, my job, and my hobbies. 

Those are just a few things I’ve been thinking about lately. 

We did have time make a fun little project over the weekend. 

Natalie and Emily have been obsessed with the box of felt that I have, and coincidentally never use.  So we decided to make a felt board.  My husband had never heard of such a thing.  It was fun making it though, I just bought a cork board at target and used spray adhesive to attach a large piece of felt.  Then we got to work cutting out shapes! 

And lastly, I wanted to share some fun things going on on some blogs I enjoy: