stuff i love // pillows

design sponge room

via // design*sponge

Design*Sponge always has “sneak peek’s” into tons of awesome homes and I usually quickly glance over them, but I saw this place today and completely swooned. What really got me was the eclectic mix of pillows on the couch. I love pillows. As I’ve started filling up our house with various pillows I’ve made (here, here, and here) I’ve been wondering where to put all of them because I’ve been stuck on the concept that a well-styled sofa or bed should have one or two “accent” pillows amongst more neutral coordinating pillows. But that couch is chock-full of accent pillows, and it looks great!

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anthro-inspired pillow plus FREE template!

anthropologie inspired pillow

A couple weeks ago I told you about my works in progress and posted this pillow from anthropologie:

orimono pillow anthropologie

via anthropologie

Welp, I made my own version and I am in love with it! Seriously. I look at it and it just makes me smile. I think its just so cheery and bright and springy. Aren’t you smiling now just looking at the picture? You should be! No? Scroll back up and look at it again…

…there we go, you’re smiling now, right?

Anyway, like most things I tackle, this pillow was quite the process. Not quite as involved as my felted loops pillow (both part I and part II), but still, there was a bit of a learning curve. But lucky for you I’m giving you the template I used to save you the time and headaches I went through and you’ll be able to make your own make-me-smile pillow without all the hassle!

But before we get to the freebie, let me tell you a little about the pillow.

The process is actually quite simple, and unlike the anthro pillow I simplified the pieces so there’s only 16 different pieces (most are repeated once) and they are bigger so there isn’t as much to sew.

Cut out all the pieces out of whatever kind of fabric you have and lay it out per the template onto your base fabric. This is a great way to use up some scraps that are really too small to make anything substantial with but you just couldn’t part with them.

Once you have all the pieces laid out on the fabric, you can just use a regular glue stick to tack all the pieces down so you don’t have to deal with all the pins.

**LESSON LEARNED**

Once I had it all lightly glued down, I just went for it and started zig zagging over the pieces. Not the best idea. The fabric started puckering and it wasn’t looking so hot. Solution: Top stitch over all the pieces first. This may seem redundant and monotonous, but it really doesnt take that long and it is sooo worth it.

anthropologie pillow diy

 Once its all top stitched start satin stitching over the straight stitching.  This is where all the magic happens.  Smiles will start appearing mid satin stitching… you won’t know what came over you.

btw: Satin stitching is just adjusting your zig zag stitching super close together. I practiced with different combinations of widths and zig zag closeness on a scrap before going at it on the pillow.

anthropologie pillow diy

You can see the puckering at the bottom of the pillow. That’s where I started zig zagging without any top stitching. I’m telling you, don’t do it!

(It’s going to sound like a bit of a cop out for my next step to be, “finish the pillow like any other pillow”, but, I’m going to do it.)

Once you have the flower all sewn on, finish the pillow like any other pillow!

pillow back

I used just a simple green fabric for the back. I used the same fabric on one of the petals on the front for some consistency. The piping was in a more contrasting fabric. I originally thought I would write a “how to make piping” post last week when I was working on this, but, turns out, I’m not that good at it yet. I can’t very well give you guys a how-to on that when I’m barely getting by on it! Give me a little more time and a few more piped pillows and then I’ll be an ace and share my new skills with you.

Alright, time for the free template! I hope you all make something awesome with it! I’m so excited to be sort of giving away something for the first time on my blog and to share this happy pillow with you, but please remember to give credit where credit is due. If you use the template and post it on your own site or somewhere else please credit me and link back to my site. 1) because its respectful and 2) because I want to see what you did!

Click on the link to download! Printable_OrimonoPillow_StuffStephDoes  enjoy!

note: this is not a full blown pattern for making a pillow, it is only the template for the flower design.

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DIY: T-Shirt Scarf

how to make a t shirt scarf

Want a fun weekend project to work on? Make this t-shirt scarf! It’s super easy and it’s made out of an old t-shirt so it’s eco-chic as well! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a large, old t shirt (I used a men’s XL that I got at a thrift store)
  • sharp scissors
  • ruler (optional) super straight cuts aren’t necessary for this project

how to make a t shirt scarf step 1

how to make a t shirt scarf step 2

how to make a t shirt scarf step 3

how to make a t shirt scarf step 4

Enjoy your weekend with your fun new scarf!

knit berry hat baby gift

Remember this?

knit baby berry hat

click here if you don’t remember, want a refresher, or love it so much you just can’t get enough.

Anyway, I always had bigger plans for this little knit hat. I just had to find the time to finish its counterparts! I wasn’t able to go to a baby shower for my good friend from undergrad back in October, but still wanted to get her something for her new baby.  I knitted these hats with her in mind from the get go.

On positive side, being fashionably late with this gift allowed me to wait until I knew the baby’s name. Last weekend my mom and I completed the gift with some more personalized additions. So here is the completed knit berry hat gift:

embroidered baby gift

How adorable is that!? The baby’s name, by the way, is Abigail, so the A’s are more than appropriate.

embroidered baby onesie

My mom has a fancy schmancy embroidery machine (I can talk about that more in a later post) which made the applique pretty easy to do. I basically said “I like that A, this fabric, with this thread” and watched the machine do its magic.

Same for the strawberries:

baby onesie and knit hat

The burp cloth is my mom’s specialty. She gets all the credit for this. Like with the embroidery machine I said, “I like this A and this fabric” and she did her magic. Thanks, Mom!

custom burp cloth

They’re made from cloth diapers. She’s made these before and even has her own label for all of her fun creations.

custom burp cloth

This all makes for one happy, stylish baby!

Headbanding

turban headbands

Here’s a little something I played around with this past weekend. I saw these cute headbands on various blogs and thought they were pretty cute. Then during a routine visit to the fabric store I noticed lots of knits on the half-off bargain rack… who could resist? I caved and promptly purchased some knits to make some of my own!

I had plans to do a whole how-to spiel on making one of these, but I haven’t quite nailed down how to finish the back yet. The current method isn’t that great, and I’m determined to master a better way. And now, since I have my new toy with me I can get right on that and whip up a tutorial for you in no time! (well, let’s hope that’s how it goes…)

In the mean time, here are some views of the headbands on…no commissioned models this time…bear with me and my poor modeling skillz:

turban headbands

p.s. I’m slowly learning how to actually code some things on this blog. I made cute little pinterest and twitter buttons on the sidebar. Check ’em out and follow me!

my (sort of) new toy

Besides coming back from the T.O.L. with tons of fun creations, I also brought this lovely machine home with me!

janome sewing machine

My mom got a new sewing machine which bumped the others down a spot in the line and this one became mine! It’s the machine I’ve really learned how to sew on, so I’m already familiar with it. It’s been waiting for me for a while now, I was just reluctant to bring it back to Columbus with me because I really don’t have a ton of room for sewing here. But I’ve decided to suck it up and figure out how to make do with little available space I have.

Now to figure out where to put it…

Super Comfy Shirt

I think I’ve mentioned this “future blog post” 2 or 3 times by now, so here it is already! The bird fabric in another form.  A super comfy shirt:

So you might be thinking, “Two pieces in the same fabric?! Why would you do such a thing?” and my answer is, “Why the heck not?”  The fabric is great and this shirt is perfect for lounging around in leggings…which is exactly what I did in it this weekend.

Happy Monday!

 

Copycat Boden Dress

I came across Boden from some girls in my studio last year and fell in LOVE with their clothes, I mean, practically every single thing in the catalog is something I would wear. Except, their t-shirts are 80 bucks a pop, and you won’t find a dress under $150…

slight setback.

I decided Boden had to become a source of inspiration rather than a source for shopping.

So here is one dress that I thought was super cute, and also incredibly simple to make:

This is from last season’s catalog that I luckily found this weekend while cleaning (I loved this catalog so much I kept it for over a year). The page is creased because I had it marked. Here’s what I did:

Basically the dress is a long, knit t-shirt. So that’s exactly what we did; got a standard t-shirt pattern to get the neck and shoulders right and then cut it straight down to the desired length. Then made the bigger hem on the sleeves and along the skirt. Looks pretty similar, right?

The dress is so simple to make and I wore it so much that we made another one for this year:

I love this bird fabric…it will be making another appearance in another form soon…

have a great day! thanks for stopping by!

the skirt series: part IV – the grand finale!

Happy Friday!

take the “Grand Finale” title lightly, because I’m more skirts will be coming, this is just the last one of this batch!

I saved this one for last because I am a bit partial to it. Plus Fridays are fun and so is this skirt! This is the first of hopefully many creations that came from Sew to Speak, a fabulous little shop in Clintonville filled to the brim with awesome fabrics. It was overwhelming to even try and pick a fabric to use for a skirt, so I got two!

Skirt #2

skirt #4

 

Sew to Speak has a blog, too so you can check that out and see what other fun stuff they have going on.

Hope you enjoyed the skirt series! I’ll have more creations for you soon!