Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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I'm totally giving myself a pat on the back for this one. I'm not really a seamstress, so I got Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing (photos above) and it makes me feel like a super star. This is my first project and it was probably the easiest thing in the book. You'd laugh if I told you how long this took me, so I'm just going to keep that little tid bit to myself. I'm sure if a real seamstress took a look at my pillow cover, they'd laugh, but I don't care. I found this vintage shirt at the salvation army a couple months ago...Martha is so smart. All I had to do was sew in a square and... Voila! A pillow cover. It would have been cuter without the pocket, but it's really hard to find plain dress shirts with collars without a pocket...trust me. That must be why Martha used a tuxedo shirt. Good to know for next time. 


Also, just to toot my horn some more....our bedspread was my great grandma's from the 1940's, so the fabric is delicate. It got a big eight inch rip in it a couple months ago and I mended it this weekend. If you're really up to the challenge you can try and find the mended rip (it's in the second photo)....but to be honest, I'd rather you not. I like to think I did such a good job that it's invisible. 


PS. The pillows I used are down and from Ikea and they were only seven dollars...add the three dollar thrifted shirt and that's a deal huh?



9 comments:

  1. too cool! i love the pocket!

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  2. You can put a remote in the pocket ;)
    Nice job

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  3. Wow, great job! Love the pocket too :)
    Natasha xo

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  4. I'm glad you guys like pocket...the remote is a great idea! very funny. :)

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  5. I love it! Hope to see more sewing - I've got books of great Japanese women's patterns when you are ready

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  6. I would LOVE to try to make a japanese dress. Yes please!

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  7. Wow...a chambray shirt pillow...that is so cool! What a great idea!!

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  8. oh my gosh! Totally not laughing that it took you awhile, because this would take me forever to do too! Sewing takes me so long!
    I LOVE this! Jin has so many old shirts that he doesn't wear anymore, but I love the fabric so much that I do not want to throw it away! This is the perfect project! AND we need more pillows!

    must find that book!

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