My next sewing project.

Every since I made pajama pants for J and I for Christmas Eve 2013, I’ve  been wanting to get started on another sewing project.  I really enjoyed making the pajamas, and while crochet will always be my first “craft love,” it’s nice to branch out once in a while.  So, even though at the moment I am DETERMINED to finish Baby O’s afghan and do a post on it, I wanted to do a post on my next sewing project for when I’m finished with the blanket.

I wanted something simple and relatively quick, since I have two more crocheted blankets that I need to start and complete in the coming months.  My mother’s afghan will be a granny square motif in Chocolate Brown, Sage Green, Latte Brown, and Cream.  Then, a good friend in the UK is having a baby girl, so I’ll be making her a colorful (or “colourful”) baby blanket for her sweet baby.  Lots of bright colors for that one, but luckily my stash is extensive, and I shouldn’t have to buy any new yarn (J will be thrilled with that).

But…the sewing project will be for our house, unlike my crochet projects, which are normally gifts.  I was thinking of making some pillows for the house.  Something easy to work up, but comfortable and cute.  I’d really like them for our downstairs spare room, to put on the bed.  I have a duvet cover that is really colorful, from Kate Spade, and so I wanted something that could be done in a solid color to complement that.  The bedding is bright pink and orange, navy and white…all stripped.  I really fell in love with it when I came across it, and it was at T.J.Maxx (that store is awesome), so I snatched it up!  Here is a photo, so you can see what I’m talking about.

Bedding.

The bedding has lots of navy in it, and also has a small bit of yellow (which is a bit hard to see in the photo).  I have the pillow shams shown above, the ones that have the navy blue border, so I wanted something that would pop against the navy.  So…I thought Yellow would be great for that!  And with that criteria (solid color and fun), I went searching for a cute pillow tutorial to whip something up with.

As always, Vanessa Christenson had what I wanted!  Her quilts are always beautiful, and her tutorials read really easy (even though I’d not ventured out so far as to try one yet), so I thought I’d see what she had by way of pillows.  First thing on her blog today is an adorable pillow tutorial (serendipitous, don’t you think), which would work perfectly with my bedding!  It’s a bit 1970s shag, but I think it’s fabulous and can’t wait to give it a whirl!  I’m going to make a bigger pillow than what she has shown, but still keep it in a rectangle shape to sit in front of the two shams.  Here’s a picture!

shag pillow

Isn’t that super cute!  I can’t wait to get started on it…it’s given me even more motivation to finish up the afghan for Baby O (as if her being 3 months old at this point isn’t motivation enough), just so I can allow myself to buy fabric and get started!  I’ll be sure to blog about the sewing adventure once I’m ready, but for now, I’ll leave it at this.

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and a happy weekend!

Much love,
K.

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