So I broke out this intimidating beast a few days ago…
Don’t let it’s name fool you. There is nothing “simple” about it and I have to watch the video that came with the machine each time I have to wind the bobbin or thread the machine. Perhaps I’d become more proficient if I used it more than twice a year.
At any rate, I was determined to make 3 pillows from the coordinated fabric I chose for Chase’s room this Summer.
Using the current pillows and pillow covers I had as templates, I cut one pillow cover from each fabric. I wanted to make each with an envelope pocket so that I could remove the pillow inserts when needed. To do this, I cut two pieces from each piece of fabric, one for each side of the pillow. Then I turned them right side in.
Mishap #1. To make the envelope, I cut one piece of fabric in half, down the middle. What I should have done was cut one half slightly longer than the other so that I could have a nice overlap and allow for the seam I would need to sew at each side of the envelope closure.
Since I didn’t do that on the first pillow, there is no overlap on the envelope, hence the big gaping whole in the back of the pillow below.
Fortunately, I made this mistake with the fabric that I had the most yardage. I’ll rip the seam out of one side, cut a longer piece and re-sew that side…one day. For now, we have one pillow with a gaping hole in the backside.
Mishap #2. I was on a roll and feeling pretty accomplished after pillow #2 was complete, which is usually foreshadowing of disaster ahead. As I began pillow #3 using the heavy blue, orange, brown fabric above, my sewing machine needle broke, jamming the machine. After a quick run to the fabric store for a heavy duty needle, and some tugging, and re-threading, I was back in business.
3 hours later (including my trip to the fabric store and un-jamming the machine), 3 pillows were complete, my back was sore and my eyes were crossed.
The Miracle. You know how you can tell quality workmanship when you buy patterned textiles where the patterns line up at the seams; same as you can tell something is cheaply made when the patterns are totally off? I promise lining up the fabrics didn’t even cross my mind but as I flipped the pillow cover right-side out, to my amazement I found almost perfectly aligned patterns.
If I had tried to do this, it would have been a total mess. Even the envelope closure lines up. Wow, I’m still amazed.
Nevertheless, I won’t be quitting my day job to become a professional seamstress. And the sewing machine probably won’t see the light of day for another year. Back in your hole you beast!
But I am happy with the results, which are three new pillow covers for approximately $50 worth of fabric.
It’s coming together, slowly but surely.