To Do: A Pillow, But Not a Bracelet

I had a to do list today, and I didn’t get through it because I got distracted. Everything on my list was something I need to finish. I wasn’t going to start anything new.

But then I did.

Like this bracelet.

Turkish Flat Weave Bracelet Hemp

It was not even on my radar until I got an email from Creative Bug with a video tutorial on how to make one.  It’s crocheted and it’s called a Turkish Flat Weave. It’s not hard, but using hemp was not the best choice for my first attempt. The stiffness of the cord was kind of cranky. And like I found out with a previous project, it’s hard to see what’s what in the black yarn, or cord.

So I picked out some supplies for another one.

Materials for Turkish Flat Weave Bracelet

I went with the cream-colored number 8 pearl cotton thread and the bright beads.

Turkish Flat Weave Bracelet Cotton

The parts I got right are really nice.  But it’s twisted where I didn’t flip it the right way. If you watch the video you’ll know what I mean.  Once I get the hang of it I’ll unstring this and make it over.

By the way, if you can crochet, this is a very quick project. I started the second one at 10:30 and 45 minutes later I was working on the closure.

This pillow was on my to do list. This is not the pillow I set out to make but it’s what the fabric wanted to be. Anybody else have projects like that?

I made the pillow with a couple of decorator samples.

The floral with the owl is linen and the animal print is polyester. I have another piece that I think is drapery silk that will go on the back.

Applique Pillow Basted

If you look close you’ll see my navy blue basting stitches. I haven’t decided exactly how I’ll attach the applique. If I have thread that exactly matches the pink I may quilt it down first before I secure the edges.

It’s going to be a pillow cover for a 16 or 18 inch square pillow. Since I don’t have another sample in this same color family this is all there is. The back piece is smaller than the front, so I’m hoping to manipulate it enough to manage a concealed zipper on one of the edges.

I have nothing this yummy pink will go with so I’ll probably sell it. It’s going to be amazing if you can use this almost dusty pink.

I have other decorator samples and I’m sure some of them will want to become the pillow I planned to make first.

How’s your to do list coming? Hope your day is swell!

Jan

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Paisley Color Block Throw Pillows

I finally stuffed two bright color-block pillows I made a few months ago. They are now finished and available for sale in my shop, The Little Blue Trunk on Etsy. They’re for sale separately, but they go together if you want two pillows.

JanMadeIt Throw Pillow on The Little Blue Trunk

This one is about 10 x 14 inches. The front is gold and turquoise paisley with green gimp trim. The back is a red on red pattern.

JanMadeIt Throw Pillow on The Little Blue Trunk, back side.

This pillow is two-sided. Either side can be “the front.” It’s about 11 x 13 inches.

JanMadeIt Throw Pillow on The Little Blue Trunk, two-sided

I used the same turquoise paisley and gold and a different red print.

JanMadeIt Throw Pillow on The Little Blue Trunk, two-sided

The reverse side is just the gold and turquoise paisley.

Both are cotton blends stuffed with poly fill. They’re $24 each, and ship for $6 each.

I have about a half-dozen more pillow tops; patchwork, applique, and other styles that are nearly finished. If you’re in the market for extra pillows around the house I’ll have a lot to choose from!

I’ve always liked piles of pillows on couches and bed.  How about you?  Do you like extra pillows around, or do you prefer to sit on a bare couch?

Jan

The Little Blue Trunk ~ Sale Number Two, and Over 300 Favorite Me!

I made my second sale on etsy last week.  YAY!  It was this cute little bobble dog. He’s off to a new family.

Vintage Dog  Bobble Head on Little Blue Trunk on etsy 5

I’m also up to 338 shop views, and 324 favorites! I’m aggressively following and favoriting all sorts of wonderful things that are out there which brings more people to find my shop.

I listed a half-dozen or so more items last night and am up to 41. Pretty puny compared to many shops, but I’m working on it. I’ve added a new section, Vintage Ephemera, to my shop starting with a few advertisements from the 70s.

How about this ad for Camel cigarettes? In the ad copy I was surprised they suggested the geeky looking guy was wearing his IQ on his shirt. Along with a couple more ads, I will be listing more paper today. Some postcards, Christmas card, open house invitation, and a Handbook for Farmers and Ranchers, all from the 60s.

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I listed a couple more toddler shirt pillow makeovers. These soft pillows are perfect for a toddler pillow fight! And they’re a good size to keep in the car. Cram one around the edges of the car seat to prop up a flopped over sleepy traveler.

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And I’m listing my recycled jeans baby bibs and baby slippers. I’ve got these kerchief bibs,—great for droolers—and other bibs appliqued and trimmed with vintage eyelet, rick rack, and other fun stuff. You can find lots of baby bibs on etsy, but looks like these baby slippers are only from me. I need to think of a cute name for them.

Recycled Jeans Baby Bib and Booties on The Little Blue Trunk on etsy

Now that I’m getting into a rhythm with it watch for new listings every day.

Jan

Plaid Pillow Makeovers ~ 100% Recycled

 

 

I don’t remember how or when the idea occurred to me, but then my friend Dianna mentioned it, and then I started seeing samples online.

I’m talking about turning shirts into pillows. I pinned it when I came across a couch full of them—and a great tutorial—on Country Living.

 

Plaid Pillow Makeovers on JanMadeIt

 

In the tutorial they used adult shirts and cut them down to fit pillow forms of a specific size. But the shirts I planned to use were big-boy plaids for little boys. And the toddler-size didn’t give me room for wide seam allowances and top-stitching and other edge treatments.

 

Plaid Pillow Makeovers on JanMadeIt

 

All I could do was turn the shirts inside out and sew side seams as close to the sleeve as possible without infringing on the little pockets on the chest. The woven plaid made it easy to stitch in a straight line.

Next I cut the shoulders away from the body just below the yoke and that became the seam along the top of the pillow.

 

Plaid Pillow Makeovers on JanMadeIt

 

 

Recycling Note:

Since Poly fill is so expensive these days, I’m a big fan of recycling old pillows. I’m not talking about old stained, sweaty, smelly pillows, just pillows that are out of style. They’re usually only a dollar or two at garage sales and worth the trouble to recycle.

First thing is toss them in the washing machine, and then put them in the dryer. No matter what the fabric content, all of them have come out looking amazing, but alas, they’re still out of style.

Lightweight cottons and polys can be covered as is, but you’ll want to remove the outer pillowcase on heavier fabrics or if there are embellishments or textures that might show through.

 

 

Plaid Pillow Makeovers on JanMadeIt

 

To fill the pillows I performed surgery on a couple of small clean old pillows. One pillow form was ready-made and it fit nicely into the red plaid. The other pillow was naked inside, so I had to make a lining for it. I found a scrap of white lining fabric which fit the bill.

 

Plaid Pillow Makeovers on JanMadeIt

 

The final step was to turn them inside out and make the final seam across the bottom.

Then I unbuttoned the shirt, turned them right side out and crammed the forms inside. Then I smushed  and pushed and prodded and smashed everything around to fill in the corners and voila! Two pretty cute little pillows.

 

Plaid Pillow Makeovers on JanMadeIt

 

I haven’t measured these, but they’re just the right size for little naps. What do you think? Do you have a special spot for a couple of casual little pillows?

By the way, this project is 100% recycled.

 

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