Since I got my sewing machine for Christmas, I have been slowing but surely improving on my sewing skills.  A sewing class will be my next step, but so far, I have learned by trial and error and a few tutorials from my talented mother.  She has been sewing since I can remember.  She would often times stay up until all hours of the night making my sister and I something to wear.  When we would wake up the next morning, her creation would be waiting for us at the end of our bed.  Had a paid more attention, I could be an excellent seamstress by now.

Pillows are one of the easiest things to sew, since it's basically two squares (or rectangles if you want to get fancy) sewn together.  It is pretty hard to mess up.  Since February, I have been on a pillow making frenzy.  I am very fickle when it comes to pillows so I don't like to spend a lot of money on them.  A remnant of fabric, preferably purchased from the clearance table, some stuffing (or an insert), and some thread is all it takes.

Here is a little collage of some of the pillows I have made recently.  

1.  I made the blue one for our family room.  (the plaid one in front was made by my mom)
2.  I bought the pillow, but made the rolled flower and attached it to the pillow.
3.  This is my latest creation.  It is part of the project my mom and I stayed up until 2am working on.
4.  Another one for the yet to be revealed project
5.  I made both of these (two of each) to go on the love seats in our living room.
6.  The sassy striped pillow was made for my daughter's recently updated room.
7.  These were made from my inspiration fabric for my daughter's room (my first attempt at adding trim).
8.  This stipe pillow is another outcome of the 2am project.  (hint: it's outdoor fabric)
9.  I made the small coral pillow for the family room. (the other two were made by my mom.)

So, now you know what I do in my spare time. I would love to learn to sew well enough to make my kids something and have it sitting at the end of their beds when they wake up.

Any talented seamstresses out there that want to come by and give me a few lessons?

I am linking to:
Savvy Southern Style
Truly Lovely


  1. It's addicting isn't it?! My mother was the same way :)

  2. It looks like your off to a good start at becoming a pretty good seamstress yourself :)

  3. These are all great. You even did cording and trim on some of them. I think you sew quite well. Better than I can do.

  4. I love sewing pillows....easy project with a huge impact! Well done!

  5. Andrea,

    I adore pillows and yours turned out beautifully!! Love the mix of fabrics and patterns you chose!


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  6. Love your pillows. I love the one with the big flower. I sew all the time, but I'm pretty basic too. You are doing great, it just takes practice.

  7. Nice job! I love the fabric you chose. My favorite is the rosette one!

  8. You have a great selection..I love pillows too! I am working on making some covers using napkins and fabric glue.

  9. Great job Andrea...very impressive for someone who said they just started sewing after Christmas. Love the little rosette you added to the second pillow!

  10. What a great selection of pillows and fun fabrics! You sew very well! I'm just starting out. I, too, wished I had paid more attention to my mom when she was sewing. She was quite a seamstress.

  11. Wow! I am jealous. These pillows look great.

  12. Love all your pillows! Number 8 is my fav! I am super brand new at sewing and want to try a ruffle pillow...need to be brave! Ha

  13. Andrea - I am very impressed. I am a total novice sewer, having taking classes as a kid (I even made a sundress way back when!) but haven't sewn in oh, 25 years. My 11 year old daughter has a sewing machine and is trying to help me get re-aquainted with threading the bobbin and whatnot. Your pillows are so inspirational to me as that is something I would like to be able to whip out on occasion....along with window panels. You are so lucky to have your mom walk you through it - your pillows all look fantastic and I love the trimmed out floral one for your daughter's room!

  14. No matter your preferred sleep position, Sleepys as a pillow that will keep your neck and shoulders supported, and your spine in line.

  15. Such a lovely set of pillows!!! Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays!!! We featured your collection in the Fancy This Features post! Hope you'll pop over and grab a featured button! :) http://trulylovelywiththelaneysisters.blogspot.com/2011/07/fancy-this-features-34.html


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