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Screen Printing Fail & Other Stuff September 1, 2009

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Last weekend I attended an all day screen printing workshop at the Urbis, Manchester.  I had what I thought were some really good ideas for t-shirts, but they turned out to be a massive FAIL.

My whale print was better in my head, but didn’t really translate into a good print because 1) the picture in my head involved better/more technical placement of colours, 2) once I put the board into my shirt to stretch it out for printing, the paper I did the stencil on wasn’t big enough and 3) the picture just didn’t translate.

I was really pleased with the robot print until I was trying to fill in the little gaps with paint, which also turned out terribly bad, and smudged a glob of paint I didn’t know was on my arm onto the side of the shirt, hence, the weird space invaders.

Amy Butler Gumdrop Pillow

On a more successful note, I finished the Amy Butler Gum Drop pillow.  One of the best things about Amy Butler’s patterns is how extremely easy everything is to make.  I have her book, In Stitches and have also made a few of the free patterns from her website and have enjoyed making her designs.  She uses simple shapes that usually require very few pattern pieces, if it uses pattern pieces at all and the construction and directions are really simple and easy to follow as well.  Yet, the finished product looks incredibly professional and much more difficult and time consuming to make than it actually is.

After a week of testing it out on the sofa, it’s a really great project and more comfortable than I originally thought it would be.  It’s best as an extra form of back support, as shown in the pattern picture; it’s proved to be an extremely comfortable knitting position as well.  There is also enough give with the bean bag filling that you can use it in the same way as a normal pillow for laying on the sofa to watch TV.  I will be making an ottoman sometime in the near future.

My super awesome husband also got me Let’s Make Cute Stuff by Aranzi Aronzo! Cute Dolls.  The title is not misleading at all; all the dolls/stuffed animals in this book are super cute!

 

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.