Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Secret Sewing Project

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?  

That's because.......


SURPRISE!!!

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*

                                                               

44 comments:

  1. I think they are so cute and I would love to win it. I think you could sell them in your etsy shop. I can not wait to see the Christmas ones.

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  2. I think they are adorable! I check on your blog every night:) Thanks for all the wonderful ideas
    bevowen1983@gmail.com

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  3. 2 things I wish I could do well: sing & sew. You TOTALLY should sell some! Easy to store when the pillow insert is out. Cute fabrics!

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  4. What a wonderful and inexpensive way to impress your Mom, your Aunts and your Sister! Thanks for posting these. If I should not be the winning reader, at least I have a new idea that I can use for brightening up my Autumn household. Happy Fall season! archer1955@gmail.com

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  5. Adorable pillow covers.I'm certain you're family will love them... dalotshaw@gmail.com

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  6. The pillow covers are so cute!! My boyfriend bought me a sewing machine 3 years ago for Christmas and I STILL haven't figured out how to use it.... even trying to thread it drives me crazy! So you'll never have to worry about me laughing at your lack of sewing skills... because I wish I had as much skill as you do! RooToYou2@aol.com

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  7. I love these. You are such an inspiration. May the Lord bless you and keep you. My email is sandyellis@mac.com

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  8. Stephanie they are so cute and I'm sure everyone who got one will appreciate it. The colors of your Mom's is perfect for her new decor. I like the one using flannel too. I guess that is because I love plaid's for fall.

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  9. Your pillows turned out beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway, hope I win!!
    Jeepinurse@yahoo.com ~Hollie~

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  10. I'm sure all the ladies loved their pillow covers! What a great way to share. Love the "fallness" of it all. Jacobsgram@verizon.net

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  11. Those pillow covers are adorable! Happy Fall! bdland22@yahoo.com

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  12. I LOVE your fall pillowcases!! What a wonderful way to use those beautiful autumnal fabrics. :) Your creativity is a gift!
    Blessings,
    Leslie

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  13. Greetings from Maine! I just stumbled across your blog and have so enjoyed visiting. Your pillow covers are so sweet...and how kind of you to offer this give-away! I will be back to visit again soon!
    sweet blessings,
    Laura

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  14. Those are really cuties!! Love all of the pretty prints!
    Blessings to you,
    J

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  15. You could very easily learn how to quilt, (seeing what you come up with on your own) using the Log Cabin pattern. It's all just scraps of fabric sewn in a straight line.
    The pillow covers are very cute, your relatives will love them.

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  16. Hi Stephanie! Hope you are enjoying your trip! What a sweet little gift for your Aunts!

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  17. Wow....you are such a crafty girl...lol And that was so sweet of you to give them as gifts. I would love to win....lol....cowpokes95@aol.com

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  18. Love!.. you are so crafty and love seeing all of your creations!

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  19. quilting would be a breeze for you....you have given me a gift idea with the covers....think I will pull out my stash today.....glosanborn@yahoo.com

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  20. You made 13 pillow covers. That's about enough pillows for one couch, right? ;)
    I would settle for just one though since it was made by you and because it's darling. :)

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  21. Love them all!! stricklandjennifer@ymail.com

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  23. Yes, the sister loved hers!! I think I need this one too so I have a pair... ��
    I also told her to plan for selling them in her Etsy shop next fall!

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  24. Love, Love, Love these! What a wonderful idea! I bet your family loved them'

    Sandi

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  25. Would love to win, this is soo cute! debbieatshortyshvac.com

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  26. So sweet! I would love to be the winner! I hope you had a wonderful trip. What a fun idea for a get together. Jen.wright.design@gmail.com

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  27. Love that you made gifts using up your scraps from the shower curtains...they are awesome! Thanks for the chance to win one❤️

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    1. Oops forgot to add my email chasejulie63@gmail.com

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  28. Please don't enter me in the competition as it would be too expensive to post to England but they are all lovely. I find your blog and decorating projects incredibly inspiring, thank you x

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  29. I love it. Hope I win! dn_kby@yahoo.com

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  30. Have a wonderful trip visiting and I think the Scarecrow Party sounds wonderful.
    I would love to win.
    zanam55@google.com

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  31. Enjoy your time with the girls! Look forward to hearing from you again soon. Love the pillow cover!

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  32. Forgot my email! taraklaassen@hotmail.com

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  33. Enjoy reading your blog...especially the posts about your thrifty finds! The pillow covers are all cute too! awsavesmoney@gmail.com

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  34. Hi Stephanie, what a thoughtful gift for your family. I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't want one of your beautiful handmade pillow covers. I've also enjoyed reading through your blog this morning and admire your lifestyle ... you are super talented with vignettes and I love the way you can stretch a dollar. Inspiring! I'd love to enter your giveaway ... geneva@my-hearts-song.com xo

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  35. Love Love Love these pillows! My you are so talented. I have been a reader of your blog for years! I live all your vintage decorating!! Thanks for offering such a great giveaway.

    Blessings...
    Sherri

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  36. LOVE the pillows!! They are so cute!! mckbethe@yahoo.com

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  37. The pillow cases are adorable. I really want to make some. Sooo cute.

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  38. Stephanie, I am constantly awestruck by your creativity and seeming boundless energy and enthusiasm! You wear me out just reading your blog! I love your shower curtains, and someday, when I'm ready for my forever home, I'll have one in my bathroom. Until then, I just anxiously await and then greedily devour your blog posts. The pillows are lovely! You're so talented.

    Christy is SoTex

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    1. I forgot my email as well: christy.etter@yahoo.com
      Oh, and I don't know if you remember the little red teapot I bought from your Etsy store, but just wanted you to know it is still going strong! I make my chai tea in it regularly and it has a permanent place of honor sitting on the back burner of my stove, happily cradled in my cast iron pan. My kitchen will never be without either one!

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    2. Awww...thank you so much for your kind comments. They made me smile. I'm happy to hear that you're still enjoying the little teapot!! I actually thought of it/you the other day when I saw a similar one in orange. : )

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  39. This is wonderful, I like that quilted leaf!

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  40. Ahhh! I feel so bad that I missed this. You are soooo talented! We love our table runner. If you can make pillow covers like that you can quilt! :) Those were adorable.

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