Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Drop Cloth Pillow

Welcome to Day 2 of the Blog Block Party.
Today's party is being hosted by My Uncommon Slice of Surburbia and it's a drop cloth link party.
I still have drop cloth "fabric"  left over after my Craigslist makeover.  You can check out that transformation here.
Friday was my birthday and my kids got me a Silhouette machine.  I have been wanting one for almost a year now and haven't been able to win one on any blog giveaways.  Lol.  When I opened it I was doing a happy dance.
 I started by creating an easy stencil with my new Silhouette machine.
I wanted to make a super easy pillow with very little sewing.  If you can sew two straight lines, you can make this pillow.  My pillow insert was 14"x24".  I cut my drop cloth (using the finished edge as my short edge) to a single measurement of 28 1/2" x 24".  The 28 1/2" = 14" times 2 plus 1/2" seam.  allowance.  I folded the fabric in half, wrong sides together,  leaving only two edges to sew.
Once I was done sewing I was left with a pillow with three edges closed (the folded edge and the two sewed edges).  I turned it back to the right side.
I took a magazine and inserted it  into the pillow so that I would have something to lean on when I traced my stencil.
I traced it using a pencil first.
Then using a paint pen (and keeping the magazine in between the fabric), I colored my pencil lines in, being careful to keep within the lines.
To close the pillow all I did was cut six equal lengths of grosgrain ribbon and sew three on each edge spaced equally.  This ribbon is from an Ann Taylor Loft bag I had in the house.  You know I love using ribbon from store bags.  Check out this project from my daughter's room.
In less than twenty minutes I have a new pillow cover...ala Pottery Barn.
Don't forget to stop back tonight at 8pm EST when I will kick off my part of the blog block party with outdoor cooking and dining.  The party will be in lieu of my weekly Swing into Spring party and will be the official start of my summer parties.  There will be an awesome giveaway!!

Hope to see you then.



Debbiedoos said...

That is great Judy. I love the silhouette machine...I would be lethal with that thing.

Unknown said...

Judy, love your little pillow... And the silhouette WOW... I'm sure you will do so many great things with it.. Enjoy...wish I had one


1 Funky Woman said...

Sew, sew great! I want one of those machines too! My birthday is in August and the big 40 so I might just have to hit the hubby up for one of those! Love the pillow with the ribbon!


At The Picket Fence said...

I am SO jealous you received a Silhouette! The stencil came out so cute and the pillow even cuter!! I love the ribbon at the end. Adorable! Can't wait until tonight when the rest of the theme's start to go up! We're working fast and furious on our next post to


Laura Everyday Edits said...

new follower! Love the pillow! Found you on the Uncommon linky party!

At The Picket Fence said...

A belated Happy Birthday to you my friend!!! I can only echo Heather's sentiments above that the pillow is just darling! :-)

laxsupermom said...

Love the new pillow! I think the ribbon tie is the perfect touch. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I am following your wonderful blog now. And will be joining your party this evening. Love your drop cloth projects!! I think I am the only one out there who hasn't made something with drop cloths even though with all the major house repairs going on at my house and drop cloths laying around....I can't believe I haven't. LOL...Maye it's because they are all covered with paint. Anyway....Happy Happy Birthday.

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

Happy Birthday! Would love to have one of those. LOVE the pillow!

Maureen said...

Ooooh you have a Silhouette! I'm fighting back the jealousy!! The pillow turned out beautiful!!!

Unknown said...

Super sweet Judy. When I saw this category, I thought floor cloth....not drop cloth. Oh well, missed out on posting to it. lol Dummy me. So exciting about your Silhouette. Since both my birthday and Mother's Day was last months, my chances of getting one for a gift are pretty slim. Can't wait to see all the project you put together....

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