Saturday, April 9, 2011

Easy Envelope Pillows

First and foremost, this blog post is for Nina. I know it's about a month later than I had promised, but it is here. Today I went to the Bijou Market in Provo. My boss informed me of these fun craft fairs around UT where local crafters sell there wares. Needless to say, I was inspired by all of the super creative people out there. These are some of the cute things I picked up:

"Donuts are the new cupcake." I love this little print and thought it was perfect for Brian... We bought this frame from Ikea today and I need to have the mat cut a little on the top and bottom.

I love this necklace and barrette I bought as well. I was so excited I wore both of them today. There were so many cute things there- especially for little ones.

As I was inspired, I thought I would finish the pillows I bought fabric for probably 6-7 months ago. I made easy envelope pillows. Probably the simplest sewing endeavor I have undertaken. I like reading how people make things on their blogs, so I thought I'd do the same.

First I "measured" out the fabric squares. I laid out the pillow and roughly measured 1-2 inches out from the pillow. We don't actually own any measuring stick/rulers, so I just eye-balled. Cut out this panel. It will be on the front and will your guide.

The back panel will need to be roughly 4-6 inches longer than the front panel. Cut the back panel in half, "hamburger style."

This is a picture of the three pieces I cut out. Poppy seemed to jump in at the last minute, so this photo is not the best.

You then will take the two smaller, back pieces and fold them over about an inch and sew the seam down.

Next lay out the pieces of fabric with wrong-sides coming together. Overlap the seams you hemmed and pin the pillow together. This is the longest and most boring step of the process.

Sew the around the edges of the pins, being careful when you go over the hemmed areas as they are much thicker than the rest of the pillow and may get caught on the sewing machine foot.

This is what the finished product will look like. turn it back the right way and insert your pillow!

So that is the easy envelope pillow. I'll try to keep posting regularly.


Shawn and Nina Olsen said...

A+B You and Me is not "under contract" anymore!! I literally jumped for joy when I saw you blogged a new post ha! YAY! I love all the stuff you got, I have never heard of the Bijou Market before! is it like just a seasonal every once in a while thing? Or is it always going on? I totally would have loved to go with you if I were home! But we will be home in just about a month for the summer and I think we should get together and do a craft day of some sort! I want to make those cute pillows with you! Anyway, I am so glad you blogged again, I miss you so much and can't wait to hang out with you guys all summer!

Bowen Bunch said...

Ali where have you hidden this crafty side??? I'm loving it! I went to that same craft fair last year and loved it. It's so fun to just get ideas and see the creativity out there! miss ya ;)

Connor and Shayla Egan said...

Yay, Ali is blogging again!!! I love that necklace, and pillow! Super cute, you're so creative Ali!