I am thankful for a great many things.
One of the things I am thankful for is that I had a classical sewing education. I started sewing when I was a little girl by hemming the skirt of a dress my mother made for me. By the time I was in junior high I could make a jumper completely by myself following a pattern. I was in 4-H and my mom was a master seamstress so I had good training from the start.
I know you don't need to have this kind of education to use a sewing machine and enjoy making many things.
What I appreciate is that I can wind bobbins and thread my machine without thinking it a chore. I can sew clothes from a pattern without having to study the instructions. I can put in zippers, and make button holes. What I appreciate most is that because I know what I can and can't do, I know what is "right" and what isn't, is that I can cut corners with ease.
Anyway, I wanted some decorative pillows for the couch and after seeing other people make some out of old sweaters, I took myself over to the Good Will and found two sweaters that go well with my new look in the living room. What I found is this gorgeous sweater and another very nice one, and name brands to boot.
I've been putting it off for a couple of weeks so when I brought out the sweater to begin operations this week, I could hardly bring myself to cut them up, they were so nice. No pilling, no snags, they looked good as new and I could hardly bear to think of cutting them up.
So, while I knew they would make good looking pillows, it took a phone call to a good friend to remind me that I wouldn't want raggy sweaters to make good pillows.
So, I just took a deep breath the dived in.
This sweater is plain on the back.
First thing is to cut off the sleeves.
Draw a sewing line and pin.
The second sweater was more challenging since it buttoned up the front.
Same pattern on the back.
I was just going to use the back and make a smaller pillow, but I decided today to use the front anyway.
I pinned and sewed the top, where I cut off the top of the sweater.
Inside out. Ready to sew.
I sewed the sides a little narrower, then hand sewed the bottom, not really sure why, except it seemed easier with the ribbing, leaving an opening. I sewed the front opening by hand before I stuffed it.
After stuffing both pillows with long time stored fiberfill, I sewed up the openings by hand. Here is another case for which I was thankful for my training. There is a way to sew these openings closed so that you can't see the stitches. So I took the little extra time to do that.
And they look very nice, if I do say so myself.
Back side of the brown.
Front side of the brown.
I'm a great one for saving and reusing, but what I am finding is that I have so many things saved, that at nearly 50 years old, I wonder if I will have enough time to use up all the things I've saved.
For example, this stuffing. I don't know how long I've had it. The worst of it is, I had second thoughts about using it, "what if I used it up?, what if I needed it for something else?". I have got to be one of the worst for saving things for "sometime." But. I am beginning to get it: I can always buy new if I need it. I want to use up some of this stuff. I want more space, not more clutter. It just isn't going fast enough.