Yay for you-tube how-to's, home decorators sewing books, and sewing machines...especially mine! With those things I recently created my first-ever, 'real' pillow cover! By 'real', I mean normal/sewn/minus bonding tape/like-the-kind-you'd-find-in-a-store pillow covers unlike the ones I've made in the past that you can see here and here.
I would write up a tutorial but one - I don't have enough time at the moment, and two - I'm pretty sure I made up my own sewing rules during the process. But they turned out AWESOME and they were so easy to make! If I had my way, and enough pillows (and time) at my disposal, I'd probably make at least one day!
So anyway, as you all probably know by now, our dining area doubles as a workstation:
It's complete with iTunes and my beloved Bernina - the sewing machine given to me by a friend who didn't have a need for her anymore. As far as worldly gifts go, she's probably the best thing I've ever received!
So back to the topic at hand, you can see the two measured and cut-out squares of fabric waiting to be sewn to two other squares which had yet to be cut out. (And yes, that long, yellow thing is Anthony's drywall square that I used to make sure I had some perfect squares...I have yet to go get an actual sewer's square...like I've said before, you use what you got, right?) As fabric goes, I used a half-yard of the floral fabric ($5 at JoAnn's) for the front side and for the back side, I used a Target tablecloth I found for $4. All in all, (considering I used about 1/4 of the tablecloth) these pillow covers cost me around $7. I already had thread and Scotch-Guard, which I sprayed 'em down with since their perch would be our porch. :)
So, after threading, cutting, ironing seams, and sewing, this is what they looked like (inside-out) when I was finished:
I know they look a little 'un-square' in the picture because of wrinkles but in real life they're almost perfect! It wasn't until I turned them right-side-out that I started jumping for joy and letting my happiness be known through screams of delight. Then, after my happy tantrum I ran outside with Scotch-Guard and covers in hand, sprayed 'em down, let 'em dry (5 minutes), grabbed my yard sale pillows, stuffed 'em inside, and ran outside to adorn our free, made-over wicker chairs. (P.S. I'm not exaggerating when
say write "ran"...I was way too excited to leisurely stroll.)
Here are my accomplishments:
How cute are they? My heart melts every time I look at them. :)
So, for fun, I thought I'd give the grand finale in porch pictures, showing how far it's come in the past 1.5 years.
Here's the "ewwww" it looked like from move-in day to almost 9 months later:
And here it is today - always waiting for a couple of coffee mugs (or sweet teas) and some relaxed rears to make themselves comfortable:
Now that's what we call 'Southern Comfort'. :)
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By the way, I'm itchin' to paint the porch ceiling a pale blue so we can become true southerners and also to bring the sky a little closer...I just haven't told Anthony my idea yet. What do you think? Do it or don't?