Wool Wave Pillow

 

 

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This project is part of the So You Think Your Crafty Contest.

To say that I am excited about being a part of this competition is a big understatement.

Our theme for Week One, was “Stash Bust”.

I have been hoarding pieces of wool for a while now, and this was the perfect opportunity to use it.

These are 1/4 yard cuts of wool. Some are hand dyed, some are re-purposed. Usually they are used in quilting or appliqués, but I had a different idea for them.

pillow lead

My vision was a Wool Wave Pillow. This pillow only took about an hour to make from start to finish.

wave pattern

I created the wave pattern by cutting rectangular strips of wool 3 1/2″ wide. I used this piece of wavy Frog Tape as a pattern for the wave design, and cut ONE of the LONG edges into this wave pattern. After trimming the first piece, I cut 8 more identical ones for a total of 9 pieces.

 

front of stitching

I cut each piece from a different color of wool, you could use all the same colors if you wish.

The next step was to stitch them together. I found that my wool stretched slightly as I worked with it because of the bias cuts, which made it a bit difficult to sew. I would recommend putting a piece of Stitch Witchery underneath each seam and fusing them together with a warm iron before stitching to eliminate some of the stretch. Stitch Witchery is available from Amazon.com.

To sew the pieces together, I over lapped the wave edge of the first piece on top of the straight edge of the piece underneath, then top stitched along the wave edge from the right side. The blanket stitch worked well for this method, I used black thread so it would be easy to see and added some contrast.

back of stitching

This is what the pieces look like from the BACK SIDE. If your wool is thick, you may want to trim away some of the extra seam allowance, I did not since my wool was rather light weight.

Each piece was assembled the same way until the end. For the last piece, I INVERTED the wave to have the straight edge on the right side (basically the two wave edges overlapped for the last two pieces). This gave me straight edge on both the right and left sides, thus a neat rectangular piece to sew the black flannel backing on. I left a hole of 6″ to stuff the pillow with poly fiberfill stuffing, then slip stitched it closed with a needle and thread.

pillow and sofa

The pillow is now my favorite addition to our living room, I love the bright colors against our new teal sofa!

Check out the other projects in this week’s competition here.

Have a great day!

So You Think Your Crafty Interview

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I have been asked to join the So You Think Your Crafty Challenge.

I am thrilled and excited for this new opportunity.

The So You Think Your Crafty Challenge will be 10 weeks of theme inspired projects done by 10 different bloggers.

Each week, you the reader, will get to vote on your favorite projects.

Each week, one blogger will be eliminated and “sent home”.

Sounds like fun does’t it? I am busy preparing for this new adventure. I added my new blog buttons to my sidebar, you will see one of them pictured above. My button will be pictured on the So You Think Your Crafty website during this challenge. Feel free to grab my button anytime!

My friend Tauni from the SNAP Conference is the brains behind this blogger challenge. Part of the fun is getting to know the other bloggers involved in the competition. I have decided to answer Tauni’s  interview questions here for all of your to read.

Tell me a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I started my blog in 2009. I needed a new creative outlet. For years we had been renovating our home and we were trying to sell it right when the real-estate market crashed. I thought that if people could see how beautiful our house was on the inside, and learn the story behind it, it would sell. It didn’t sell, but I discovered that I really enjoyed blogging and sharing my creations, and have been doing it ever since.
When did you start crafting and what are your earliest memories about crafting?

I was always a creative kid. Other girls would spend hours playing with their dolls, I would spend hours making clothes for my dolls or building houses and furniture for them to live in. By the time I was 12, I had moved on to refinishing furniture, cooking and sewing my own clothes. I was fortunate to have other creative people around me for inspiration when I was growing up.
What is your favorite medium to work with?

I love to paint. I am addicted to it. There is nothing better than seeing just the right color on just the right object. Over the scope of 10 years I painted the 11 rooms in our house 33 times. Some women love to clean, I love to paint. It makes me happy and is far cheaper than therapy.

What is one craft or DIY skill you’d love to master?

I am working on learning to knit. I really enjoy it, but find that I loose concentration after a while and drop stitches. I loose count of stitches and mix up patterns all the time. Women who knit amaze me, I would love to master it someday.
What’s your number one favorite guilty pleasure?

My biggest guilty pleasure is soaking in a bubble bath with a glass of wine and some beautiful classical music. It relaxes me and helps me focus mentally.
What’s your favorite thing to do (other than crafting of course)?

We love spending time outdoors. During the summer we love to go for long walks. I have discovered that I also enjoy taking pictures of things I see on the way.
How do you stay organized?

I am not organized at all. I seem have “pockets” of organization. For example, I keep all  my blog supplies in a big china cabinet on our back porch, but that’s as far as it goes.  I tend to organize things by color or project, which makes complete sense to me but confuses everyone else.
What bloggers (max three) or creative entrepreneurs (max three) do you admire?

There are so many talented bloggers out there, my favorites have to be:

Karianne from Thistlewood Farms, because she’s so funny and clever.

Donna from Funky Junk, because she can make anything old into something beautiful.

Rhee from Pioneer Woman, because my family loves all her recipes.
What’s your favorite quote?

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way–things I had no words for.” Georgia O’Keeffe
 Links to my five FAVORITE every day or Christmas holiday projects.

Timepiece Ornament

Rustic Wooden Wreath

Mason Jar Snow Globes

DIY Gold Snowflakes

Fall Decor and a Masquerade