How to Applique and Weekend Round Up

I have a short tutorial to tell you about.

With leftover fabric from the quilt I made for a friend’s daughter last week, I made her a pillow. It’s  a pillow that she can snuggle up with on the floor when she hangs out with her friends in her dorm room; a pillow she can lean against while studying for exams; a pillow she can cry on if things get rough.

I wanted to personalize it with the leftover denim (from her jeans) so I made an applique of her name with freezer paper.

I printed her name on the computer (because I have a horrible handwriting), then, I traced it onto the freezer paper. Then, I cut out the name.

ecokarenI gently ironed the name onto the denim (this is the back panel of the jeans I didn’t use for the quilt). Then, I cut out the name, basted and sewed it onto the front panel of the pillow.

ecokaren I also added some flowers made from the denim too.
..and a flower button.

ecokarenAdded piping and ruffles on the edges. This took me three days.

I kid you not.

I tried three different styles of ruffles and I didn’t like any of them. I settled on this style in the end. ecokaren I finished all the inside seams with piping and finishing stitches. Who knows how the pillow case will be washed in college. I wanted to make sure that the seams don’t fall apart.

ecokarenAnd, Ta Dah!

Do you think she’ll like it? I hope so.

Tip: You can make this pillow case with ANY flat sheet you have lying around. We don’t use flat sheets so this was a perfect project to use up cotton linen I didn’t use.

And when I wasn’t wrestling with ruffles, I was hanging out here this week.


The Caramel Jar Review and Giveaway – did you enter yet? The giveaway ends on Sunday night. You are going to love this caramel. Enter for a chance to win 1/2 lb of Fleur de Sel from this divine caramel company
Salmonella Outbreak in Ground Turkey – makes 77 people ill and kills one.
Cargill recalls 36 million lbs. of ground turkey – albeit late, USDA makes Cargill recalls 36 million lbs. of ground turkey

Crafting a Green World

What to do with all the leftover T-Shirt Sleeves - crafty way to use up leftover t-shirt sleeves.
How to make stamps with denim jean seams – you know those hard seams that you can’t do anything with? I found a way to make stamps with them.

The Perennial Chef

Ten Weird Uses for Vodka – Vodka is not just for drinking. Check out these weird uses.
Gluten-Free Labeling Comment Period – began on Wednesday. You can voice your opinion about labeling for next 60 days.

I have some family visiting this weekend so it’s going to be another busy weekend. How about you? Are you doing any exciting this weekend?