Monday, December 5, 2011

Handmade cards

I had made hand made birthday cards at several occasions this year but have not really tracked them. But now that I am getting more and more serious about it, I thought I should track what I am doing and get feedback from folks, if they like them or not.

Here is one I made today, for Dipika's birthday. Just had 30 mins to go after I got home from sewing class. I baked some brownies and made a card really quick. Just played with paper and colors today. I like how it turned out to be.

Throw pillow

Today I learnt to make this throw pillow. I know most of you might think, what is there in sewing a pillow case, one can take approximate measurements and stitch it away. I agree, any rectangle or square pattern is easier to make an approximation and stitch it. But this one is a fitted one for 18x18 in square pillow. I learnt couple of techniques while stitching this today.

One was how to make a cording. The round edge that is seen in the pic below is called a cording. Cording is something you can buy it in the store readymade or buy a white thread (called cording) and stitch fabric around it. The frabric can be contrasting or the same. There is a technique to cutting the bias fabric for it. You mark the fabric at 45 degrees angle and then fold it at 45 degree angle, using scale, measure 2 inches and cut. Follow this until you have the length you need. For this pattern, I needed 1 yard fabric and 21/8 yard cording. After that, we joined the pieces at a certain angle, so the edges align and pressed the seams open. Then put the cord in, using the pins and zipper foot, stitched very close to the cording. 

The second techinque was to add a zipper, and also how to cut it to the length you need and hide it away at the bottom of the cushion. I used a 18in regular coil zipper for this. I added to pieced at the top and bottom of desired length and cut out the extra zipper. Then using wonder tape, aligned a 2in fabric close to the edge of the zipper and stitched. After that, took the bottom piece of the two 18x18 pieces we cut out and attached the zipper to the other side of it. After that done, we folded the square piece to the exact size of top 18x18 in piece and stitched at the fold. That hides the zipper essentially. The next part was to attach the cording to the top piece carefully folding at the edges. Then joining the bottom piece. That's it 4 hours later, we had a finished throw pillow ready.