Friday, November 29, 2013

Traveling Pillow!

Gift making season is upon us.  I tell myself I will start making gifts in July but it never fails and it's NOVEMBER and I haven't started.  Thank goodness for simple ideas that make a big impact, which is my kind of gift!  
This pillow was made for a sweet girl that will be traveling home for the holidays.  Who doesn't need a travel pillow that they can take along with them.  I designed this pillow so it would slip over the pull up handle on a suit case.  The pictures below will show you what I mean.  
 Cut the fabric the width of pillow plus 2" for seam allowance.  
 The length was cut long enough to cover the pillow 
and overlap for the pillow flap.
 Hem both ends of the overlap to finish off the ends.
 The jean material was cut as wide as the pillow 
body and doubled in length.
This will make more sense after you see the below pictures.
 I cut a piece of the plaid to make a pocket to be attached later.
 This is the jean fabric folded in half, pressed and 
then meet the folds in the middle.
Stitch the plaid cut for the pocket wrongs side
 together leaving opening to turn.
Turn right side out, press flat and center it on the jean fabric.  
Stitch around three sides reinforcing the corners.
 Put the jean fabric right sides together and stitch the long seam.
Turn and iron flat with pocket facing up.
 Pin the jean pocket piece on to the back side 
of the pillow just on the sides.
Stitch in place only on the back piece.
 Insert the suitcase handle into the jean piece and pin so
 the pillow back will slip over.
My suit case handle was wide so adjust accordingly. 
 Make a line with a disappearing fabric maker 
and stitch in place on the back of the pillow piece.  
I did a double row of stitching.
I also stitched a line across the plaid pocket to make two separate sections.  
 After the flap is attached fold the fabric over the pillow and pin.
Stitch both sides together and turn to right side.
 Insert pillow form into the opening.  
I added several Velcro pieces to hold
 the pillow flap closed...OOPS no pics!
All finished...slip flap over handle and your ready to go!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Gobble Gobble Gobble...Turkey Time!

The stores are all decked out for Christmas, poor Thanksgiving gets no love!  I decided Mr. Turkey needed some attention this year!  I decided to paint a little something for a special little boy.  Joe is 2 1/2 and I know he will look adorable in his Gobble Gobble Gobble shirt!

I started by washing the t-shirt I purchased at Walmart.  I reduced the size of the turkey picture to fit the front of the size 4T shirt on my computer.  Using my light box I turned the copy over and traced over all the lines with a regular pencil.  Insert a piece of cardboard covered with freezer paper into the body of the shirt and tape the sides and bottom down with masking tape.  Lay the picture pencil side down and tape in place so it won't shift.  Trace each line again, this will transfer the pencil on the opposite side onto the shirt.

I used regular acrylic paints and added a textile medium.  (Follow bottle directions)

After painting, I let it to dry overnight, I used fabric pens in black and brown to outline and add some details.

 Candy corn was my motivation!

Head and feet....
 Paint puddles....mixing my colors!

 LSU colors for this turkey....!

The words were added as an after thought....I thought it needed that extra touch...Gobble Gobble Gobble!
Happy Thanksgiving...Gobble comes before HO HO HO!
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