Monthly Archives: April 2015

Joining the Sweetiepie ABCs Stitch Along

April 24, 2015

Okay, so I didn’t even hesitate in ordering Alicia Paulson’s latest cross stitch sampler kit. I love her designs and this time it was no different.

abccrossstitchsamplerTo stay motivated I joined a stitch along to post updates every Friday on Instagram with the hashtag #mysweetiepieabcsstitchalong

I love it!

Envelope Pillow Covers

April 6, 2015

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to really sit down and do a little work on the sewing machine. Well, there is a quilt top in progress, but I had to put it on hold to work on a few other things.

For the last few weeks, we’ve been doing minor home improvements, and I thought it was about time that we updated our pillows. I don’t think I’ve updated them since we bought our couch, um, five years ago! (I’ve washed the covers, of course!)

I headed out to JoAnn’s this weekend and their home fabrics were on sale for 40% off. Since I had been looking for pillows off and on, but I couldn’t find a pattern that I loved to go with a rug we have on the way, I thought I would try to make our own first.


I came back with one yard each of Facette and Vica by Nate Berkus. You know it’s funny, but I am really intimidated by making non-quilt objects on the sewing machine. For some reason, my mind gets all tripped up when i think about dimensional objects like pillows, dresses, and the like!

Anyway, I tried two different tutorials. Both were straightforward and simple enough. I used this one for my first two pillows and this one for the directional fabric. DSC_1922

It took me one evening to finish three of the pillows and then a little bit of the next night to finish the fourth pillow.

The gray floral and the beige are ones that I already owned. I really love the ability to wash pillow covers, so that’s why I went with the envelope:

DSC_1926 DSC_1927It brightens up the couch and gives it a fresh new look. Why didn’t I think of this sooner?

I spent around $24 for 4 pillow covers. Not too bad, huh?! I hope it doesn’t take me another 5 years to do an update next time!