January 13, 2012

Sewing pillows and some other stuff



It's been a weird week. Fast and slow at the same time.
Both girls had a 24hr bug, not on the same day, luckily. Both are fine now.
And then, I woke up with swollen and numb lips. They felt as if I had just been given an anesthetic - an allergic reaction to a new tooth paste I bought, it turns out. And I'm not the only one, apparently. Although from a good brand, this particular tooth paste has a pretty bad reputation when it comes to allergic reactions. Anyway, for a day or two I looked like someone with 'a Botox treatment gone totally wrong'. My lips are almost back to normal now, thank goodness, and I threw out the paste.

There was some sewing this week as well. I started making pillows. Lots of them. For the girls. For the living room. In an attempt to make our place a bit more colorful and cozy. As pillows are considered cozy here. We like to hang in the couch, bundled up with pillows and a blanket.



For the pillows I followed these instructions (in Dutch, but the pictures speak for themselves). I even made my own piping and got pretty good at it. After buying a special piping presser foot, that is. The invisible zipper foot didn't do the trick for me, the result being too irregular. But with the right foot it just looks perfect.



Did you actually know you can use old T-shirts or knit fabric to make piping? When I was about to start a pillow in my favorite Japanese fabric I realized I didn't have the right shade of fabric anymore to make the piping. Except for an old T-shirt of K. which was a perfect color match. So I decided to give it a try. I cut some strips - in bias, which strictly speaking is not necessary for knits - sewed them together and then made the piping.



It's hard to tell from the pictures, but I actually chose the wrong side of the fabric to be on the good side for the piping as the aspect of that came pretty close to the weave of the fabric I was using for the pillows. It worked like a charm. Thanks to the stretch of the knit, I got perfectly rounded corners at much less of an effort. Not only did this pillow turn out to be the best one I made so far, but I especially like it because it incorporates my favorite Japanese fabric and a recycled favorite shirt. Old and new, perfectly married.

I have a couple more pillows to go and maybe after that I could start on some curtains... or maybe not...
Oh, I so do not like making curtains...

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

xo, P.


12 comments:

spiegel aan de wand said...

Die stof is echt prachtig!
Goede tip ook, om paspel te maken van tricot, daar had ik nog niet aan gedacht.
Beterschap nog. Hopelijk is de allergische reactie snel volledig verdwenen.

Nina said...

That's a great tip about using old t-shirts for piping. I knew there was a reason to keep them all! Lovely cushion, by the way.

nicole/brussels said...

wat een prachtig kussen is dat!moest je zoiets bij Habitat kopen, zou je er flink wat voor mogen betalen, mooie stof en mooie paspel, zoals steeds piekfijn afgewerkt! I like it a lot!!

Anna said...

beautiful! and I never would have thought to use knits for piping, but I can imagine its so so soft!!!

Anonymous said...

love your pillow!
you can even use old (or ugly) tees instead of cord for your piping!!
simply cut long pieces of fabric, stretch it out a bit and it will curl itself to a string.
you get a very soft piping this way, wich is is great to use it in clothes or when there are a lot of angles....

Polkadotjes said...

Oh my, i love this pillow! That fabric is gorgeous, so classy!

Lisa Gatz said...

I just found your blog and really love your tutorials! Nice to meet you.

Lisa

Seaweed and Raine said...

You've done a great job with the pillows - did you use zippers? Thanks for the tip re. the piping. I must try it some time.

Priscila B. said...

beautiful pics, beautiful blog, beautiful work ;)

Annie said...

Hello. I just blogged hopped over here. Pleased to meet you :D

That binding is great, a fab tip to use old t-shirts, thank you. And I love the pillows, the fabric is gorgeous!

Francine said...

That fabric you used for the cushions is gorgeous! I'd love to try making my own piping, do you have a link to a tutorial?

cucicucicoo said...

it's perfect! i had no idea that piping feet even existed. :) lisa

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