My baby sister is about to head to college this week. I had mentioned before that she had asked if I could design a monogrammed pillow for her, and sew a couple of pillows. I finally got them finished for her! The monogrammed pillow required a bit of hand sewing and a bit of geometry. I actually had to look up how to find the circumference of a circle (it's C=πd for anyone who is interested). So once I discovered this I was able to cut a strip of fabric the same size as the circumference, plus 1/4" for the seam. Then I pinned it all around (inside out of course to hide the seams):
And then did a careful bit of hand sewing. After it was turned right side out, stuffed, and squished around to get a proper circle shape I had this:
I also cut 12x12" squares to make 11x11" pillows (1/2" seam all around). All together, she now has this for her bed:
She seems happy with it, and I know I am!
My youngest sister is headed off to her freshman year of college, and asked me if I knew how to make a monogrammed throw pillow like the ones she has been seeing on Pinterest (another Pinterest project!). I told her I could make up a monogram and then stitch it on some fabric to make a pillow for her, and so she got the supplies I would need (yay a free - for me - project!). That has been what I am working on this morning. I also seem to be relieving my teenage years and my childhood through my recent choice in music. In other words, lots of soft rock and a lot of New Found Glory. So while embroidery and punk rock may be an odd combination, it works for me. Anyone else out there have an odd taste in music while working on otherwise traditional crafts?
Since the circle outline is crooked it has been decided that it will be left out of the embroidery. Fortunately pencil washes out! And I'll obviously need to fudge a bit on the design since I wasn't entirely accurate in my transfer. But that seems to happen a lot.
Hopefully this afternoon will also bring some progress on the record stand. I found out I need to discharge the CRT before going on, so it might require a trip out to find some alligator clips. Oh well, I may as well go out and buy the primer and the paint while I'm there!