Monday, May 27, 2013

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Saturday Sparks Link Party 13

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 13!
A place to share your latest creations and find inspiration from the talent of others.
A few of my favorites from Saturday Sparks 12 included:
This Pretty in White Bedroom post from Simply Linen. Sarah shares her little girl's pretty bedroom makeover.
This Back Patio Decorating post from Little Brags. Christine gives us a sneak peak of her inviting back patio.
This Time Began in a Garden Chair post from Under A Pile of Scrap. Beth transforms a curbside find into this fresh and fun garden chair.
 This E-Reader Cover Tutorial from Blissful Sewing.  Follow this step-by-step tutorial using your own fabric choices to create a useful and unique E-Reader cover.

 This Summer Salsa recipe from A Slocum Story. Aleks shares this mouth watering recipe, just in time for summer.
This Best Chocolate Chip Coffee Bars Recipe from Kleinworth & Co. Gina tempts our taste buds with this delicious treat.
 Thanks to everyone for linking up to last weeks party.
If you were featured, please grab the featured button to add to your blog.

Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts including:
Home Decor

I will post features next week to Pieced Pastimes, Facebook and Pinterest.

I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

Party Guidelines:
- Post the party button (above) with a link back to the party on your post.
- Share your own projects - something that is made by you.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links at the top of the sidebar.
- No advertising, Etsy shops or giveaways.
- Pin feature photos to Pinterest from the original source and not from this blog.
- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Say Hello to Wilma!

Just a Little Funny.....My youngest daughter has a unique sense of style. She is always coming up with a different hair color, cut and style. Her makeup can be anywhere from a subtle, soft style to an over the top, in-your-face look. We have learned to expect the unexpected from her.
The other day she came up with this 'lovely' ensemble. As you can see, she thought she was as 'bad' as they come with her 'Rock 'n Roll' theme park attire. She made one fatal mistake though. She asked her father his opinion. to which he promptly replied, "You look like Wilma Flintstone!" Needless to say, her 'tough girl' bubble was instantly burst!

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Pleated Dropcloth Pillow Tutorial

Pillows are such a simple way to refresh a room. I am replacing all our throw pillows with feather inserts so, it gave me the perfect excuse to create some new pillows.
For this pillow, I combined Dropcloth fabric with a pretty Blue and White Floral fabric.
A pleated accent and an inviting message in french make up this new design.

Supply List:
- 14 x 24 Pillow Form
- Iron-On Transfer Sheets
- *approx 1/8 yard Decorator Fabric - for the Pleat
- *approx 1 1/2 yards Main Fabric - I used 'Dropcloth' fabric for my pillow.

*Pre-wash and dry all fabrics to set the dyes and pre-shrink.

Cutting Instructions:
From the Main Fabric -
- Cut one 6" x 15" panel for the Pillow Front
- Cut one 15" x 20" panel for the Pillow Front
- Cut two 10 1/2" x 25" panels for the Pillow Back
From the Decorator Fabric -
- Cut one 4" x 44" strip for the Pleat

Pillow Construction:
Start with the pillow front:
Use your favorite iron-on transfer sheets. I like Lesley Riley's TAP brand. The final transferred image is soft with a matte finish (not stiff and shiny like some others).
Use a press cloth while ironing on the transfer. A Teflon Pressing Sheet is my preferred choice for Iron-On Transfers.
Choose your message and font. I chose the word **'Bienvenu' (the french word for 'Welcome') in a pretty scrolled font called 'Mutlu Ornamental' that I found on the Dafont site. Print text as a mirror image onto your transfer sheet. Center the transfer horizontally on the larger pillow front panel and closer to the pleated side vertically - this measurement depends on the size of your transfer.
**CORRECTION:  One of my smart readers alerted me that I misspelled 'Bienvenu' - it's correct spelling is 'Bienvenue" - the 'e' is applied when the word is used by itself and not part of a sentence.
My transfer measured 14 3/4" across, so I placed the image approx 1" from the pleated edge. Also,  I needed to print the transfer on two separate sheets because of the larger size.

Next up is the pleat:
There are many different types of pleats. I used a 'Knife Pleat' for this pillow. Begin by pressing your 4" x 44" strip in half the long way as shown.
Make a simple pressing guide by cutting a piece of cardstock 1 1/2" wide. Use this as a guide to fold over and press your pleat as shown by folding fabric 3" from last fold and press and repeat for the length of the strip.
Your final pressed pleat should measure approx 17" long.
Place scotch tape along the folded edge of your pressed pleat to temporarily hold together. Baste raw edges together using a 1/4" seam allowance. Remove scotch tape and trim pleat to 15" length.
Pin basted pleat (raw edges together) to right side of larger pillow front and stitch using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Pin the smaller pillow front to the larger pillow front with attached pleat, right sides together and stitch using a 1/2" seam allowance.
Press to set seam. Open and press the smaller pillow front with pleat to one side, using a press cloth to protect the transfer.
Topstitch 3/8" from the folded edge as shown.
The pillow top is now completed.

Now, onto the pillow back:
Hem the two pillow back panels. Using a 3/8" Bias Press Bar, fold the fabric over the bar and press. If you don't have Press Bars, you can make your own by cutting a strip of card stock (or a manilla file folder) 3/8" wide x approx 11". Fold the pressed fabric back over on itself and press again. Stitch the hem using a 3/8" seam allowance and press to set the seam.
Place a back pillow panel over the top half of the pillow front with right sides together. Place the other back pillow panel over the first panel as shown and pin. The finished hem edges should overlap to create an envelope style back. Stitch the pillow back to the pillow front using a 1/2" seam allowance. Stitch a zigzag stitch to the inner seam to prevent fraying.
Turn Pillow Cover right side out and place pillow form inside. The envelope style back makes it so easy to remove and replace the pillow cover.
The newly completed pillow awaits the arrival of some others that I am working on and will post about soon.
It's the little things that make me happy.  Changing out my pillows always brings a smile to my face.
I hope this post inspires you to create some new pillows for your home.

PS - Have you linked up to Saturday Sparks yet? The party is open till Friday. Hope to see you there.

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