On Saturday, I went to the grand opening of a local JoAnne's because I had a 40% off coupon. It was a crazy madhouse in there. They even had one of those machines that gives you a number, like at the DMV or deli counter, for the "cutting counter."
I only bought a few yards of fabric, but I was really excited to make something. I hadn't used my sewing machine in awhile, since before Spencer was born, but I contemplated getting it out of the box and setting it up. I decided against it when and I thought about all the potential Spencer disasters that could happen.
I need one of those stands where the sewing machine folds into the table itself- I think that would be the most childproof. So anyway, there I was with my new fabric and no sewing machine. I decided to be brave and work on my hand stitching.
With the exception of a few hems, a few buttons, and a few holes, I hadn't sewn anything by hand in a long time. I thought I'd go the easy route and just make a simple pillow, enough to re-hone my mediocre sewing skills. The beginning stitches were a bit messy and uneven, but I eventually found a groove and it was pretty easy from there.
The hardest part of the entire process was stuffing the pillow! Ugh! Next time I'll just use a pillow form, because I lack the skill in making it evenly fluffy. Besides using a pillow form, does anyone have any good suggestions on how to properly stuff a pillow? I'm all ears.
Here is a picture of my sewn-by-hand, (how bratty does that sound!) pillow! I'm not brave enough to tackle piping, cording or ruffling without a sewing machine, so the boring edges will just have to do for now.
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