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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Pillow Projects

Well, I am about 95% done taking down my Christmas decorations.
I have all the trees dismantled, except the HUGE tree in the living room.  I have taken off the ornaments, I still have lights to remove and branches to take down.  I am actually pretty happy with the progress so far.  I do have a miscellaneous wreath and some odd florals that need to be put away.
I always happen to find an ornament or trinket months later tucked away somewhere that I missed putting away.

While I was taking breaks from undecorating I tried my new sewing machine.
I wish that I could say that I have been sewing like a mad woman since buying the machine several months ago.
But I can't.
In fact, up until last month I had only sewed a small slipcover for a footstool.

One of my resolutions this year is to do more sewing.
So far, so good.

I made three pillow slips.
I made them using vintage table cloths and sweaters I bought a Salvation Army.
I made them envelope style so I could just pop them in the washing machine when they get dirty, and of course they are my favorite color

Isn't it the cutest little edge detail!
I used the end of a table runner.  I took me a little extra time to figure out how to get the edge on the outside and not sew it inside out by accident like I did with my last sewing project.
 I love how it turned out I think I will try it again.

I must say after working on these pillows I did wander around the house looking for more sewing projects to work on. 
 I am thinking a trip to the fabric store might be necessary soon.

I am joining The Creative Girl for Just Something I Whipped Up sewing edition, and a new link party Masterpiece Monday with Mary from Boogieboard Cottage

Sew, how about you?

Have you been busy in the new year?


  1. I want those pillows! I have been wanting to sew me up some of those but every time I find white sweaters I end up wearing them and I dont have the heart to cut them up and now I have like 5 white sweaters in my closet!

  2. Very pretty and chic! Excellent job!

  3. These are so pretty! Remind me not to give away my old sweaters :)

  4. Love your pillow projects--I want your talent! So pretty and looks high-end.

  5. I love your pillows projects, so chic and beautiful:)
    Hugs, Biljana

  6. Alaina

    You are my kinda girl!!!! I have a project for a couple of pillows have given me the insiration to get off the computer and get a move on it!

    I like your sweater pillows alot!!

  7. Love it. Perfect for the pillows and you did a fabulous job.

  8. I so wish I could sew! Those are stunning!!

  9. Super cute did a great job! A girl can never have too many pillows I always say! ~Deb~

  10. Thank you for participating in the very first Masterpiece Monday! I hope you'll come back again, it was fun having you share! Take care, Mary

  11. I love these pillows! I've never considered using sweaters- I'm going to add that idea to my list. :)

  12. Oh my how I love your new pillows! They look so fresh and cozy! I'm might have to try my hand at one of those! Love em!

  13. Just so you know I am doing the Cotton, and responding on my comments section.

  14. How come I always feel like I need to rush around and make it look like I've accomplished something every time I stop in for a visit here?

    PS) I love that something is finally being referred to as "doing the Cotton". This is a proud, proud day.

  15. Alaina,

    I will behave and not touch the above comment.

    Love the pillow slips. You did a beautiful job on them. I learned to sew as a child. My mother won awards and a scholarship for her sewing ability when she was in high school. I find it all too intimidating. But perhaps I will follow your lead and break out the old gal -- my sewing machine, not mother!

    Your Friend,

  16. So love your mix of talent and beauty over here :)
    Thank you beautiful one for your heart warming comment left over at my place :)

    Have a beautiful year.

  17. Lovely pillows Alaina!
    It must take you a month to dismantle all your decorations. Don't you just love finding a ornament weeks later? I just did!!

    Thank you for your beautiful comments on my New Year post!!
    Pamela xo

  18. Deborah is hilarious. She did not BTW behave on my site about that comment.

    Just checking in with you, hope all is well!


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