A couple of weeks ago I shared this photo over on the Facebook page and hinted at a sewing project I was going to be working on.
Some of you guessed that maybe it was going to be a fall quilt. I sure wish I knew how to quilt!
Then a few days later I shared this photo and told you that I had the next step of the project completed, but that it would be a couple of weeks before I could share the whole thing.
Well, now I can share.
I was working on making fall themed pillow covers! I made 13 in all and the reason I couldn't share them yet was because they were going to be gifts. In my last post I told you that I'm on a little vacation in Tennessee with my mom and her sisters this week, and 8 of these covers were coming with me to be given out to my aunts, my mom, and two of my cousins. Whenever they get together like this they have what they call Scarecrow parties and gifts are given out all around (the scarecrow brings the gifts instead of Santa). : )
I decided the
cheapest most cost effective thing I could give would be something I had made. And since I have TONS of scraps leftover from my shower curtain business I decided to use some of them up and make pillow covers. I made 2 more that won't be pictured here because they were Christmas ones and I'll share them another time. I also made one for myself and one for my sister. The total cost of 13 pillow covers was a whoppin' $8...and I still have plenty of fall fabric left over to make even more if I feel so inclined!
I was a busy bee trying to get these all completed before my trip, plus keeping up with making my shower curtain orders. We pretty much didn't see the top of the dining room table for about 2 weeks, lol!
Let's take a look at what I worked so hard on.
Some of the covers have a pumpkin shape on them and some have a fall leaf. I used a variety of fabric styles since I don't know the decorating tastes of my extended family members. The pumpkin up there at the top though, I made that one with my mom in mind. She wants to change her living room decor over to a lighter color palette of greens and blues and do a coastal theme. So I made that one to coordinate with her upcoming decor change. I love the combination of the 3 different patterns, but yet they all coordinate. I don't know if you can see it well enough or not, but the aqua one has little white polka dots on it. So sweet. :)
The other ones I made were more traditional fall colors and patterns. After I cut the patterns out of the fabric, I then used a spray adhesive on the backs of them and followed the directions for a temporary bond. That allowed me to move them around and get them centered just right, but yet it held them in place strong enough to allow me to get them stitched all around. I purposely left the very edges unstitched so that when they got washed they would rough up in a cute rustic sort of way.
I love the paisley and flannel pumpkin! I made two of those, one for me and one to give away. I already had two pillow covers that were two different style fall leaves that were done in the paisley fabric, so then I made the pumpkin to go with them. I wanted it to coordinate, but not be completely matchy matchy. I think the addition of the flannel pattern helped achieve that. It's a warm olive green color that matches the green in the paisley fabric.
So....13 covers in all. Eight were made to give away as gifts, 1 I made for myself, 2 were Christmas ones to be shared later, I doubled up on one of these patterns and made one for my sister....that accounts for 12. So what about the 13th one?
Well, remember in my last post I told you to be sure not to miss this post?
I'm doing an unannounced giveaway of the last pillow cover!!
I made two of these sweet little pumpkin designs and I decided to give one away to one of my faithful readers. I appreciate you guys so much and I'm so thankful you've stuck with me even though I haven't been a very regular blogger these past few months.
I didn't announce it anywhere and I don't plan to because I want only my faithful readers to be on this. I don't want any freeloaders hopping over here just because they think they can get something for free and then I never hear from them again. This time its just for you guys.
All you have to do is leave me a comment at the end of this post and you'll be entered! Be sure I have an email address to contact you at in case you're the winner.
This giveaway is for the pillow cover only, you'll have to supply your own 14" pillow insert. It's an envelope style closure, and its made out of drop cloth. They're easily removed and very washable.
I apologize for all the wrinkles. I was running out of time and light to get these pictures done so that I could schedule this post before I left and I didn't take the time to iron them, but you get the idea.
There's just one thing we gotta get straight......I don't claim to be much of a seamstress at all, I can accomplish basic things, but I'm certainly not a professional. SO....if you happen to be the winner you have to promise me that you won't make fun of my lack of skills....mmmmm-kay? Just remember, it's the thought that counts and I made this with love for my faithful readers. : )
So just leave me a comment below and include your email address and in a week or so I'll do a random drawing and let you all know who won!
Happy Fall Y'all!
*This giveaway has now ended*