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Home Sweet Home August 21, 2010

My lack of posts this summer would make it seem as if I’ve either, not done anything at all, or done so much I haven’t had time to post.  It’s a little bit of both.   In June, MrNTR and I and went on a small holiday to Oslo, Norway and I had another mini holiday in July/August with my best friend.

Opera House

Oslo was AMAZING!  We had a great view of the Opera House from our hotel.  I think I took this picture close to 11:00 at night.  I never saw it get dark while we were there and I usually went to bed about 12:00am.

I also bought some yarn.  I only found two yarn shops in Oslo and even though one of them was really small, they both had an absolutely stunning selection of brightly coloured yarns.  I wanted to get several colours to do some colour work, but it was just too expensive.  It took quite a while to decide between a bright pink and this bright blue and I’m very pleased with my choice.  I plan on using it to knit the Shalom Cardigan.

Per Tryving pt3

As I said, we moved in June.  In the move I acquired a craft room, so have been quite the busy bee this summer.  The main problem I’ve been having is the motivation to finish projects, mainly because I start sewing or knitting a cute summer clothing project during a two-day sunny streak, then it rains for the next month and my motivation is washed away in the rain.  Now I’m thinking about my autumn and winter wardrobe, so they may be unfinished until next spring.  However, I have finished a couple of projects for the new flat.

The first is an improv hanging hand towel I knit up during the World Cup.  Oddly, I enjoyed watching the US vs England match and the one where England got kicked out.  The towel was knit with a double seed stitch and a garter stitch border.  I don’t remember the number of cast-on stitches or anything, I just knit until it seemed like I was going to run out of yarn, did some dramatic K2Tog decreases and made a little fold-over tab with a yarn over button-hole.  I used exactly one ball of Lily Sugar’n Cream Stripes (colourway 21114).

My best friend came to visit, which was my second mini holiday, and I wanted to be sure everyone could lounge comfortably in the living room.  Our new flat only has a three seat sofa, so we could all technically fit, but it’s not always the most comfortable.  Since there really isn’t any room to add more furniture, my second project is a solution to a small living space – a floor cushion from Amy Butler’s In Stitches.

I am in total love with this fabric!  I bought it to make the floor cushion, but it only became a floor cushion in the end because I got a veto from MrNTR when I draped the fabric around myself and asked, “Do you think it’s too much for a dress?  What about a skirt?”  Needless to say, he answered ‘Yes’ to both questions.

As a floor cushion, it’s comfortable, though I think I need to add more stuffing.  Floor lounging would also be more comfortable if I made the second, longer cushion to go with it.  My favorite way of using it is propping the gum drop pillow* behind the floor cushion and leaning against the two.  It works well on the floor propped up against the sofa, or on the sofa, which is so comfortable it makes seam ripping a little less frustrating.

I also got a crafty souvenir on my bff mini holiday.  Can you guess where we went?

*After some wear and tear, I can say that if you make the gum drop pillow, make it with a heavy cotton and reinforce the seams at the top.  I’ve had it bust open in a few different spots and beanbag innards are not fun to clean up.

 

Home accessories and cushion pattern July 5, 2009

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I’ve recently moved and have been thinking of new accessories to make, one project I’m very excited to start is Amy Butler’s Gum Drop Cushion & Ottoman.  I got the pattern for Christmas, but didn’t have enough room for an ottoman.  Amy Butler also has some amazing free pattern.  I’ve made the kitty pillow and the business card holder for my DH and they both turned out well.

In the spirit of moving and making new accessories, here is a really simple pattern for creating an envelope pillow cushion and is also a great pattern for getting rid of bigger chunks of extra fabric.  I think it would also look really cute to add some buttons to the back where there is an overlap, or add an applique to the front (make all markings first so you know where the best place on the front).

1)  Measuring the fabric:  Take the measurements of the pillow and for the width, keep the same measurement as the pillow (there aren’t any seam allowances measured in because it helps to keep the cushions plumped up a bit more).  For the length, times the measurement by 2 and add 4.

So, if I have a 12″ x 12″ pillow:
width = 12
length = 12 x 2 + 4 = 28

Envelope Cushion Step 1

2)  Across the short ends mark 1/2″, which will be the hemmed edges.

Fold the short edges down so that they overlap each other 4.5″.  I know there must be a mathmatical equation to figure out how many inches that is for custom pillows, but I’m not that good with numbers so here are the measurements to fit standard square cushions:
12″: fold over 8″ from edge
14″: fold over 9″ from edge
16″: fold over 10″ from edge
18″: fold over 11″ from edgeEnvelope Cushion Step 2

3)  Fold over the hem 1/4″ and press down.  Fold, press and pin down another 1/4″, which will encase the raw edges and create a neat hem.  Sew hem.

4)  Right sides facing, fold over where you’ve made the marks on the long edges; there should be a 3.5″ overlap of the edges.

5)  Sew the long sides together with a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Zig-zag stitch your raw edges to prevent fraying and turn inside out!Envelope Cushion Step 5

I hope I’ve made that clear and easy enough.