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So a couple of weeks ago Cindy over at Cottage Instincts, started this idea of a “Made It With What I Had” party. This is what I made, the rest of this post is all about how I got there!

When Cindy announced the party, I started thinking about all the projects I have been saying I was “going” to do – the bedskirt, the pillow shams, and the myriad of other projects. Some things have been put on hold due to “the situation” (If you don’t know, we live in a tiny one bedroom while we are waiting to sell our home that is states away. Get the full details here.)

So, while I would LOVE to do a lot of different projects, there isn’t a need for all of those right now. I started thinking about some of the things I could do in my apartment so that I could be more crafty. For starters, I just got this awesome sewing table. I am using one of the chairs from my cute teak dinette that my grandmother gave me as my work chair. (The dinette itself is being used as a desk for hubby’s computer gaming set up. I would love to show you a pic of it, but I am afraid it is covered will all manner of junk and Mt. Dew cans …. Sigh.)

The problem with this chair is that to sit at my sewing table, I have to sit on a pillow that is put into an L-shape – see picture below - so that my short self doesn’t feel swallowed up by the chair and so my back doesn’t ache after sitting in it for a while.
Obviously, this not a very aesthetic solution.

So I decided to make some lovely pillows for my little chair. (Actually – I decided to make some for both chairs for whenever we can use it as a dinette again and not as a makeshift desk).

I started looking through my collection of fabric and found these two different inverse pieces of the same pattern that my mom made shirts out of probably 20+ years ago. I do not know if she still has the shirts, but I can still remember her wearing them.

I laid it out on my large cardboard cutting board, which is a necessity if you plan on working on any large amounts of fabric.
I measured for my pillow (which is a nice lumbar pillow) and decided I would do the darker of the two patterns in the middle of the pillow with the lighter patterns on either side. It is a little hard to tell the two types apart in these pictures (one is cream with a beige pattern and one is beige with a cream pattern). I measured out enough fabric to have an inch and a half overlay so I could create a sham type pillow. What was my scientific method for obtaining said measurements? I simply pretended I was wrapping a present and made a notch in the fabric to denote the length I thought was necessary.
Then I pinned the fabric down so I could sew it together.
Once sewn, you NEED to make sure that you press down the seams. I know, I hate dragging out the ironing board as much as the rest of you, but it is a must. Especially if you have a darker and lighter fabric like I do here. If that is the case, always iron the seam towards the darker fabric, so it does not show through the lighter side.
Finally, I stitched all the outside edges down and then layered the fabric with about a 1.5 inch overlay (like a sham pillow). I then sewed up the edges and voila, we have pillow! Once I had one done – it was much more comfortable and cuter to sit in my chair and sew up the other!
I do have enough leftover fabric to do a table runner of some sort when I can repossess the dinette. I might even be able to make so some cute napkin holders or other such table accompaniments.

I was considering embroidering something onto the pillows. What are your thoughts on that? Originally, since I was making this for my sewing table I was considering the word “create” – is that too specific for when I am able to reclaim my table? 

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway! Entries are accepted until midnight on 11/19! 

I am of coursed linked up with Cindy @ Cottage Instincts for the Made it with What I Had Party.

I will also be linking up with Kimba @ A Soft Place to Land for DIY Day!

14 frugal friends said ...

tinahead81 said... @ November 16, 2009 at 5:30 AM

stopping over from sits!

i love the fabric you used for the pillow...so cute!!

Michelle said... @ November 16, 2009 at 7:16 AM

Isn't it amazing how a Blog Party can light a fire under us...LOL

claire said... @ November 16, 2009 at 7:53 AM

I like the print :)

cindy said... @ November 16, 2009 at 7:54 AM

I'm thinking a monogram would be just dandy...that way you can use it anywhere. I really like the two-toned effect, and I'm a sucker for neutral fabrics from any decade :o)

Thanks for linking up!

Maria Killam said... @ November 16, 2009 at 10:06 AM

I cannot sew so I have to get my workroom to do everything. . . so great that you can!

Anonymous said... @ November 16, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Wow Jess! I really like the fabrics. I've seen pillows w/ embroidered initials, numbers, and words and frankly I love them all. Just "Follow your bliss" and embroider whatever you like on them!

Moore Minutes said... @ November 16, 2009 at 12:41 PM

I'm impressed. I don't sew so these things always amaze me, lol. Very good choice in fabrics too!

The Blonde Duck said... @ November 16, 2009 at 3:14 PM

You are so creative and talented. I would have put a hat on the pillow or pouted and pitched a fit.

Elisa said... @ November 16, 2009 at 5:07 PM

Just found your blog through Cottage Insticts. LOVE that fabric you used.

Claudia said... @ November 16, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Lovely fabric and pillow! Embroidering something on it would be perfect!

Corrie Howe said... @ November 16, 2009 at 10:44 PM

Wow! This looks great! But you lost me at "sewing table." My grandmother and mother's sewing talent went to my brother who sews theater costumes as a hobby.

Its So Very Cheri said... @ November 17, 2009 at 3:15 PM

I need one of those.


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Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said... @ November 17, 2009 at 8:59 PM

This turned out cute. I think the word "create" would be good.

Debbie said... @ November 18, 2009 at 4:46 PM

The pillow looks great as-is...love the neutral print combo. But if you want embroidery, I'm sure that would look great, too.

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