Jumbo Spool Pillow – a tutorial

A TutorialHello! Happy Friday!
It is the most crystal clear and cool morning here. The kind of morning that screams at you to open your windows and do something useful. So, I am. I am drinking coffee and baking bread.  The kids are excited because I told them they could play outside barefoot. For some reason, being allowed out without shoes is a thrill for them. I am writing this post to you while the bread is rising and between accepting barefoot kisses and lots of weedy flowers.
The other day I took my spool pincushion and turned it into a much larger version to make a fun patchwork pillow. I thought it would add a nice pop of color to my sewing room, but to be honest it hasn’t left Madeleine’s room since I made it.
Here is quick tutorial for it, so grab your scraps and let’s go!Scraps.jpg
What you will need:
2 strips of the same fabric both measuring: 13 1/2″ x  2 1/2″ – You will need to do this 5 times.
4 strips of neutral colored fabric measuring: 17 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
Poly-fil Stuffing
Instructions:
This pillow is sewn up exactly the same way that the pincushions are, so the instructions are exactly the same except for the first 2 steps, which I will write here.
1. Take one of each of your strips of fabric, and using a 1/4″ seam, sew them together lengthwise.
2. Repeat step 1 with the second strips of fabric, making sure to sew them in the exact same order.
Finish the remainder of the steps, just as you would for the spool pincushion starting at step 3.
Spool Pillow _0003.jpgspool softie1I used Vintage Picnic fabric and linen to make mine. If you have any questions on any of the steps, feel free to let me know! I am more than happy to answer any questions. If you are on Instagram, share your picture with the hashtag #spoolsoftie. I would love to see what you make!

xoxo, Bridgette

Crochet Apples

DSC_2490AI know I recently stated that I was going to take a small break from crochet for awhile, and that truly was my intent until I saw the most darling crochet apples ever. Ever!
Sedef from Down Grapevine Lane posted a pattern (available for free for a limited period of time!) for these crochet apples and I just couldn’t resist.     DSC_2502 DSC_2504A DSC_2505ADSC_2493DSC_2498They make such happy little friends, don’t they?
Now I really am taking a break from crochet. I think. I have some exciting sewing projects calling my name!
I hope you all are enjoying your weekend!

xoxo, Bridgette

Bunny Business

DSC_2014I have had these cute little “jackrabbits” pinned on my Pinterest for sometime now. Until a few weeks ago, I had not been able to find a pattern for them. Needless to say I was elated to find out that there is now a pattern for these available for instant download by eineldee on Etsy. You can find the shop here. They also have a few other reeeally cute patterns!DSC_1911DSC_1847DSC_1849I try to always put something homemade in the children’s Easter basket. This year they each received a rabbit of a different color. They love them, and it makes every stitch worth it! (Especially when every stitch brought on an increasingly worse case of carpal tunnel! Ick. I think I’ll have to lay off the crochet for awhile.)
I made Madeleine’s bunny with a tad bit smaller head, and added fabric to her ears to help her look a bit more girly.DSC_1860DSC_1854
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With all this talk about bunnies, I think it’s time to introduce you to our newest little pet, Beatrice the Bunny. She arrived just in time for Easter and the children are completely in love. DSC_2038ADSC_2051cA DSC_2048AA Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!

xoxo, Bridgette

 A quick note: For anyone who is interested in buying this pattern, be aware that an understanding in the difference of crochet terms among different countries is necessary, as this pattern is not written in US crochet terms. However, anyone with a bit of crochet experience shouldn’t find it hard to translate into English terms. 

Spool Pincushion Tutorial

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I originally started making these spools as softies for Madeleine. She loves everything in my sewing room and can’t seem to keep her hands off the pretty spools of color. I dream of the days I can fill her little hands with all sorts of fun sewing items and tell her to have at it, but for now my little one-year old is going to have to settle for sewing softies.
After making a couple I ended up liking these so much I wanted one for a pincushion! 

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What you’ll need:

5- strips of colored fabric: 1″ x 7″
4-strips of neutral fabric:  1  1/2″ x 4  1/2″
Poly-fil Stuffing

Instructions:

1. Using a 1/4″ seam, sew your 5 strips of colored fabrics together lengthwise. Open seams and press. 

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2. Cut your piece of sewn strips exactly in half, so each half measures 3 1/2″ lengthwise.

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3. Sew a neutral strip on top and bottom of each set of colored strips leaving a 1/2″ overhang on both sides. (If you are making the jumbo pillow version, leave a 2″ overhang on each side.)

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 4. On one corner of the spool, draw how you would like your spool to be shaped and cut around that shape.

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5. Fold the spool piece with the cutout top over sideways and in half to use as a pattern and cut out all 4 sides of your spool piece.

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6. Lay your shaped spool piece on top of your second spool piece*,  right sides together, matching up seams. Pin. 
*No need to cut around second piece until after you have sewn them together.

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7. Sew around entire spool leaving a small opening about 1 1/2″ on top, or about 5″ for the jumbo pillow. (You can mark the opening before sewing for easy reference, as seen above.) Trim. Clip curves. Turn right side out and press.

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8. Stuff to desired amount. Using a ladder stitch, stitch the opening closed. (Click HERE for an excellent tutorial on the ladder stitch.)

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Now step back and enjoy it! 

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If you have any questions on any of the steps, feel free to let me know! I am more than happy to answer any questions. If you are on Instagram, share your picture with the hashtag #spoolsoftie. I would love to see what you make!

xoxo, Bridgette