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IMG_4271         In case you haven’t herd yet, we are OBSESSED with Cotton + Steel’s premier collection! We bought it all and have been having an amazing time creating fun projects. Today I decided to play around with one of the project they included in their little booklet which we got at quilt market. Its a bag pattern that Rashida Coleman-Hale put together using her Moonlit Collection. I decided I have enough little bags hanging around but I can ALWAYS use some throw pillows! So I modified the project a bit and thought I’d share how!

Materials If you are going to match the pattern exactly like what I did you will need 2″ of each print. I recommend getting a fat quarter of each so you have some awesome scraps left over. Here are the prints I used:     Cotton+Steel

Arrows Coral

Arrows Coral

XOXO Cotton Plummy

XOXO Cotton Plummy

XOXO Cotton Ghost

XOXO Cotton Ghost

Arrows Mint

Arrows Mint

Hexies Eggs

Hexies Eggs

Hexies Paprika

Hexies Paprika

Meet Your Match Indigo

Meet Your Match Indigo

Monarch Byzantine

Monarch Byzantine

Monarch Denimn

Monarch Denimn

Tangrams Eggshell

Tangrams Eggshell

Tangrams Indigo

Tangrams Indigo

On The Grid Citron

On The Grid Citron

Arrows Indigo

Arrows Indigo

Meet Your Match Goldenrod

Meet Your Match Goldenrod

On The Grid Mint

On The Grid Mint

You will also need:

Lets get started!Strip Piece

Start by cutting a 2″ strip of each pattern using your rotary cutter.

For each “plus” sign in your pillow, you will need  to cut 2 pieces.

  • 2″ x 2″
  • 2″ x 5″

As you see in the diagram below, some of the pieces that fall on the edge of the pattern have to be cut into a different size, a 2″ x 3.5″ piece. Look in the picture at the diagram and each piece marked with a “B” needs to be that size. I also added one more row to the right side of the pattern to create a finished top that is closer to 14″ x 14″ to fit onto the pillow form that we carry.                                       Cotton+Steel2
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Start laying out your pieces to b e sewn up! You will be sewing your pieces together by creating vertical rows as you see in the photo above. Make sure to use a 1/4″ seam allowance.

After you create your vertical rows then piece them all together.

Hot Tip!

IMG_4278 To save thread, continue to sew between each set of fabrics you piece together creating one continuous string like the picture to the left. This way you don’t pull out more of your needle and bobbin thread between each block you sew.

 

 

 

 

So now you should have the op of youIMG_4279r pillow finished and it should look something like the picture to the right.

I had some fraying happening on my seam allowance so to help the pillow last long I decided to back the piece with a piece of flannel and spray glue it on. This is an optional step but I think it will be worth it in the end. Don’t have spray glue? Just sew the flannel onto the front by sewing around all four sides.IMG_4280

Cut the piece you are using for the back to the proper size. Mine turned into a 14 x 14.25 because I decided to add an extra row to my pattern. Finish the edges of all four sides on both the top and bottom of the pillow.

Now sew on the zipper!  Make sure to align the fabric properly on the zipper and with right sides together sew the zipper to the front pillow and then to the back. I recommend using a zipper foot but be careful not to get too close to the zipper coil.

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With right sides together finish the last three sides. Make sure to leave your zipper partially open or else you’ll have a hard time turning it right side out (I say this from experience)

Stick your pillow form in and enjoy your new pillow!

IMG_4284Signing out!

Katrina

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Pot holders are a great beginner sewing project! They are quick to sew and are a great way to showcase your favorite fabrics! Everyone at Harts is obsessing over the new Cotton + Steel collections, so I though this would be a perfect opportunity to sew with some fabric from  August, the collection by Sara Watts!

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So, I’m currently 7 months pregnant and was researching about the different kinds of wrap style baby carriers, and let me tell you… they are expensive! I love how beneficial they are for baby and mom but spending upwards of $50 for one just seemed a little bit much, plus they are all solid and not as cute as I would like them to be. So here is a tutorial on how to make one for  way less. I chose a knit spandex blended fabric from the line Arizona from Art Gallery Fabrics. Fabrics that would work great for this project are: Bamboo Knits, Organic Cotton Knits, and Modal Knits. The organic cotton knits do not have as much stretch to them but that would be great for carrying slightly older children that are a little heavier, while the stretchier fabrics are great for newborns up to 1 year old.

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     I have wanted to make this vintage wrap shirt ever since I stumbled across these old photos from a 1950′s Life magazine.  I just love the retro style and it looks soo easy to replicate!  It is perfect for summer and would work well with any high waisted skirt, shorts or pants. Continue reading


Intimidated by knits? Don’t be! All you need is some basic information to get started but sewing with knits is so rewarding and fun! Knits are so forgiving when you are sewing up garments because they stretch and mold to your body, allowing you to not have to stress so much about fit.

Here’s what you need to know!

 

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Woven Fabric

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The biggest difference between your regular woven fabric and knit fabric is woven fabric is constructed using many rows of yarn (the thread that is woven together to create fabric) while knits are constructed using loops and it’s all one continuous yarn (just as if you were knitting yourself a scarf).

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