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!



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?


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.


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.


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.


Pretty Pillow Makeover at the Flea Market

Here’s what I did at the Flea Market over the weekend.

IMG_8771.JPGA couple of pretty Japanese-made blouses—complete with piped edges and frog closures—are now a couple of pretty pillows.

Pretty Pillow Makeover on

One was black, with a simple neckline.

Pretty Pillow Makeover on

The other was red, short sleeves, with a pretty stand-up collar.


This collar was too pretty to cut away and relegate to the discard bin.


The lady in the booth next to mine had them. She’d bought a few things at a garage sale and as she paid, the seller picked up these blouses and said “here, you can have these too,” so they didn’t cost her anything.


I had my sewing machine set up and it wasn’t long before she brought the blouses over and asked, “Can you think of something to make out of these?”


I shrugged and suggested “pillows?” I showed her the pillows I’ve made out of toddler shirts and her eyes lit up. Could I make some for her?


In no time she took off through the flea market and found a couple of cotton throw pillows and gave them to me to use as pillow forms.


First I used a hidden stitch to close the openings of the blouses so they wouldn’t gap when filled. I left part of the sleeves showing on the red blouse in order to keep the collar and the side closure.  It was the perfect size for the pillow we found for stuffing. I used one sleeve to fill the neck opening and the bottom was left open, like a pillow case. We didn’t want to mar the pretty fabric finish with stitching.


After I stitched the front closed on the black one, we decided it would look better sideways.


Because the fabric was so “slickery,” the pins slid right out, I decided the only way to be sure my seams didn’t stray was to baste it all the way around. So I did.


I left the hem of the shirt open and had to remake the pillow we were using to fill it since this pillow was more narrow.

First I removed all the polyfill. Then, since manufactured pillows are usually basted together with very long stitches, it was easy to snip the seams with a small pair of scissors and take the pillow apart. I removed the piping around the edges and rebuilt the pillow. Instead of an 18″ square, I ended up with an 18″ x 12″ rectangle.


i restuffed the pillow insert, stitched it closed and crammed it into the new pretty pillow. Then I stitched the hem of the shirt closed as well.


And we ended up with two very pretty pillows. She said she has a day bed they’ll be perfect on.

What would you have done with them?  Made pillows, or cut them up for something else?


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