So while I may not have the best scrap organizing system (throw everything into a bin, keep shoving it down so they all fit), I have been pretty good about USING up my scraps. Lately, I’ve found a good strategy has been to use up my scraps right when I finish a project, thus keeping them from the scrap bin entirely. I’m usually still enthusiastic about the fabrics I’m using, and I feel good about reducing the amount of scraps I’m saving.
I’m obsessed with making throw pillows! I think once you start making them you’ll be obsessed too. They make great gifts and really can finish a room like nothing else can. A couple things to note before starting:
- My tutorial is for a pillow that’s quilted on BOTH sides, making it the most luxurious feeling pillow ever. Seriously, try it!
- No one should be afraid of zippers, they’re great, I promise! I’ll hold your hand and walk you through every step.
- Pattern and dimensions for 3 sizes! My favorite inserts ever (and literally the only ones I buy) are the Fjadrar Inner Cushions from Ikea. They’re affordable, durable, and come in 3 different sizes – 20″ x 20″, 16″ x 26″, and 26″ x 26″. Note, this tutorial fits the Ikea Fjadrar pillow inserts. Since the inserts are feathers, making a smaller cover helps make the pillow look “fuller”. Adjust dimensions to fit your specific inserts.
If you’re ever at my house for dinner and request a recipe, be prepared for me to photocopy the recipe, make many crossings out and revisions, and then hand it over to you looking like a completely different recipe. What does this have to do with today’s post, you might ask? Well, for years, I’ve used a very lovely bag tutorial that has served me well. And just like my recipes, I started to tweak it slightly, here and there, every time I made one. Different fabric weights, different handles, different construction, different measurements… you get the idea. And slowly, it turned into its own thing. And it deserved its own tutorial, not a bunch of chicken scratches over a recipe, so to speak.
Here I am today, bringing you that tutorial. And I encourage you to also make it your own. Add pockets! Change the handle placement! Add a snap closure! You get the idea. Make it, hack it, tweak it, and enjoy it! And most of all, bring it along on every adventure!
I’ve fallen hard for zipper pouches! They’re a quick project with so many customizable opportunities. Today, I’m bringing you a fun hand-quilted zipper pouch tutorial! Fully lined, no raw seams, and hand-quilted details makes this a project you’ll want to make over and over again.