Well, I have been bad at documenting my most recent projects as they happened, but I have been busy!
I wanted to try a pillowcase, so I made a John Deere one for my son. I followed this tutorial from Make It & Love It. This is a great tutorial! There are lots of pictures and the instructions are very easy to follow. I did the Tri-Colour Cuff version. It looks very fancy but is actually super easy! And Hunter loooooves it, which is a bonus! When I told him I was making him a pillowcase with John Deere tractors on it, he looked at me and very earnestly thanked me. I was expecting a blank stare and his usual “Oh”, but no… he was very excited and asked about it daily until it was done. He now has a very extensive list of pillows he wants. And, really, how can I resist that?!
My big takeaway from my first pillowcase was to make sure to line up the seams of the cuff and trim before sewing the sides together. Mine were a little off! I did much better on my next attempt! More on that later!
Next up was another Spice Market Tote for one of my co-workers. She loves these bags, and I don’t blame her! They are the perfect carry-all tote!
Today was a big sewing day for me. I started Hunter’s next pillowcase this morning and then went to my zipper pouch class at Patch Halifax, taught by Linnet. She’s taught all the classes I’ve done so far, and I really can’t recommend her enough. She has a great teaching style, and she’s very patient and helpful. I’m excited to have tackled the zipper! I have a ton of tutorials saved to Pinterest for different pouches, as well as the pattern for Amy Butler’s Origami bags to try out!
After class, I finished up Hunter’s Nemo pillowcase. This was fabric he picked out himself at Avonport Discount Fabric Centre. Can I just say how much I love stores with kids’ play areas? They have a little tent with toys in it, and Hunter had a blast. I shopped for as long as I wanted with no fuss from him. That’s saying a lot for a 3 year old boy! We went to the store before he went to Nanny’s house for the weekend so he could pick out material for a new pillowcase that I promised him would be done when he got home. Tearing him away from the play tent to look at fabric was a bit of a struggle, which is funny since he was so excited to pick out his next pillowcase, but he did spy this fabric and decided that was what he wanted.