The last time I did a real sewing project was back in my 6th grade home ec class. It was a pillow in the shape of a roller skate, made with yellow cotton and orange and brown felt with beautiful black embroidery. Wait a minute...I think I still have it...here it is!
Pretty awesome work, if I do say so myself! Can you tell which decade this was made? Haha!
Since then, the extent of my sewing had been the occasional replacing of a button. I don't even hem anything, because I've found that safety pins and double-sided tape work really well as alternative options!
Needless to say, I've not made particularly good use out of the beautiful Stampin' Up! fabrics. Thankfully, my friend Darla Eigenschink has, and she shared a couple of her lovely pillows at our Demo Team meeting last week!
Darla used the bright and cheery Flirtatious Designer Fabric for this pillow. I love the Pretty In Pink, Melon Mambo and Wisterial Wonder color combination of this fabric!
Oh, and did you know that it's one of the FREE Sale-A-Bration selections when you place a $50 order now through March 31st?
The large flower center looks like it's created using the same basic gathering technique with torn strips of fabric. There's a tutorial for this over at SparkleDaisy: Fabulous Flirtatious Flower Tutorial.
These look so easy to make, that I may even have to try my hand at creating some!
The decorative edges of the pillow were die-cut using the Tasteful Trim Die—it's PERFECT for trimming fabric projects!
TIP: Even though the fabric strip needs to be longer than the actual size of the die, you can fold the fabric into layers to cut a continuous strip. Make sure to fold your fabric so the ends are just inside the cutting edges of the die, and iron your fabric folds so your fabric stays in place when running it through.
You can cut up to 8 layers at a time, so you could get a pretty long piece of decorative trim.
Here's another pillow cover that Darla created from denim with Candy Cane Christmas Designer Fabric flowers accents. (Hey look! She did Two Cool pillow projects!)
I love all the colors in the Candy Cane Christmas fabrics...they can be used for the holidays, but they are not Christmas specific, so they look great all year round!
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Thanks so much to Darla for letting me share her fabric projects today! Great inspiration!