Fabric Bunting Tutorial

Today I am working hard on projects to get done before we head out on a spur of the moment vacation, so I thought I’d bring home another tutorial I did last year for Go To Sew! I know it’s a repeat, but I’ve got some other fun things in the works to share so just bear with me!  A fabric bunting! Quick and easy! A sweet thing to hang in the house or give as a baby gift (or any sort of gift for that matter)!

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I made a bunting a LONG time ago and I made it too big! But this version is a smaller one with a little something extra. Quilting! Recently a colleague asked me to make one, so I did! And I thought I’d tell ya how I made it so you can make your own!

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The materials you need… You’ll need fabrics for the bunting pieces and fabric for the binding, a cutting tool, pinking shears, and batting. And if you’re wanting to add letters you’ll also need something like heat and bond (two sided fusible adhesive) and your letters. The pattern for the triangles is here.

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step 1- Cut and cut and cut! Your fabric and your batting into triangles.

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step 2- Stack your bunting pieces. Lay the back side right side down, then your batting and then your front side right side up.

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step 3- Sew the three pieces together on the two long sides. You don’t need to sew the top side.

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step 4- Trim the two sewn sides with pinking shears.

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step 5- If you’d like to add letters you can here. Iron on the interfacing to the back of the fabric you want the letters cut out of. Then trim the fabric to the right size of the letter. remove the backing from the interfacing. Then iron on the letter. Depending on the interfacing you use, you can stop here if it’s a no sew interfacing.  If it’s a sew on interfacing, topstitch now.

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step 6- Now for the binding. You could use premade binding if you’d like. Or you can make your own. I cut two inch strips, sew-ed them together at an angle and then folded it in half and ironed. Then folded the sides in again and iron again. And lastly, sew it to the flags.

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And you’re done! See? Simple! What fabrics would you use? What occasion would you make one for? Enjoy!

Wonder Woman Crown Tutorial

Remember back when I shared our Sculpey Crazy Crowns? When we made those crazy crowns, we also made a Wonder Woman crown!

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Let me just give you a little background… I’ve always loved Wonder Woman! She was one of my favorites as a child. That little kid below is me, circa, maybe, 1978ish….

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I don’t feel so comfortable in a Wonder Woman costume (one day I will again…), so I thought a crown would be fun! Ok, honestly, I was just playing with the gold Sculpey and all I could see was a Wonder Woman crown! It’s ingrained in me, what can I say. When I think crown, I think gold Wonder Woman crown….

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Here’s how I made it.

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Step 1- This was made with one (1 oz) block of gold Sculpey and a little bit of red. Roll out the gold!

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Step 2: Flatten the gold. I made mine about 1/8″ thick.

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Step 3: Cut out the shape. I don’t have a template, but I have faith in you that you can wing it! The sides are about an inch wide and the whole thing is about 8 inches long.

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Step 4: Flatten your red to the same thickness of the gold and cut out a star.

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Step 5: Set the red star on top of the crown and trace the shape of the star. Then cut out the star outline from the crown.

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Step 6: Insert the red star into the crown. I know it looks a little rough, huh?

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Step 7: Roll out the crown with just a bit of slight pressure. Eventually it will be nice and smooth!

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Step 8: Make a hole in each side.

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Step 9: Hold up the crown to your head to get the right curve. And try your best to hold the curve as you set it on the pan for cooking. It will move slightly, but I was able to keep the curve pretty close to the right one for my head. Then cook per directions.

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Step 10: Add elastic and you’re on your way to being Wonder Woman!

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You can wear it around the house just to remind your family of who you really are….  Oh, yeah! Now I just need to fit into my Wonder Woman suit and find that invisible plane I misplaced and I’m outta here!

Who’s your favorite Super Woman???

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!

Luggage Tag Tutorial

Well, I’m sewing up a storm before I head out on vacation and thought it’s perfect timing to bring home another one of my tutorials I did for Go To Sew. This is our last year before school starts to take our vacation without the crowds! Did you go somewhere fun for Spring Break?

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And if you’re going, you probably need a bag. And if you have a bag, you might need a tag on your bag! So let’s make one!TravelTag-fabric-ImFeelinCrafty

There has been this fun fabric on sale at the fabric shop where I work and I’d been eye-balling it! Then someone bought some, so I just cut another piece for myself! That’s what inspired me to make this project! It’s by Moda and part of the Salt Air line. I’m feeling that it’s meant for making luggage tags, but I’m not 100% sure!

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You’ll need fabric, heavy fusible interfacing, clear plastic, snaps or buttons and a tag holder thingy. You can make it any size, but if you want it kinda big like mine, you can download the pattern template here.

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First off, cut all your fabric! You’ll need a back and a front (sized from the template), (6) 1.25 x 4.5 strips for the sides and bottom, (1) 3.25 x 4 top, (1) piece of fusible interfacing the size of the front and (1) 1.5 x 2.5 piece of fusible interfacing for the top and (1) 2.5 x 5 piece of clear plastic vinyl.

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Next, start sewing! Line up 2 of the strips with the edge of the vinyl and sew a 1/4″ seam, then fold over and topstitch. Do both sides and then the bottom. For mine I cut 2 pieces for the back, sew-ed them together and made the right size for the back piece!

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Add your fusible interfacing. Yep, I switched my front fabric piece from yellow to red mid project! For the two little pieces add the interfacing in the middle and iron over a 1/4 or so seam. And add the larger fusible interfacing to the back of the front piece of fabric. The interfacing is to give some stability, but also to help with the snaps!

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Fold over the top piece and top stitch it to the vinyl. I inserted the vinyl into the top fold of the top fabric. You can see in the picture above how the sides go all the way to the top of the fold.

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Trim the front and back if you haven’t already!

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Add your snaps!

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Topstitch your ‘Window’ onto the front. This keeps your card from sliding around. It was hard to see my stitching, so I drew it in for ya!

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Stack the front and back pieces, right sides together, leaving a hole to pull it through. Then pull it through the hole! After you pull it through, you can iron it flat. BUT BE CAREFUL! You don’t want to melt your vinyl! I just gave it a little hit of the iron from the back side and along the edges.

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Make a button hole and add your  tag holder thingy. I don’t know what they are really called! I just happened to have one!

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Stitch the hole closed!

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Pack your bags (hopefully you have a larger bag than this one!), get your travel books, add your tag and get ready to hit the road!

A Perler Bead Easter Card (printable)

Not long ago, the kiddo picked out this huge bag of perler beads at Goodwill. And a few other things… I told him he had to pick one thing, so he picked the Hulk gloves and put the perler beads back…. Then I put the perler beads back in the cart. A huge bag of Easter colored and another bag of neon? For less than 3 bucks? How can you pass that up?

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I knew there was an Easter project in there somewhere! Yep, it turned into a Easter egg card!

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We ended up making a bunch of Easter eggs and a bunny.

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Here’s a close up in case you want to make your own. We used a square template for the eggs.

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And the bunny! I used a hexagon template for the bunny.

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Then we made the cards. You can print the card here. It’s a three page PDF. You have to print the front. Then flip over your paper and print page 2. The third page is the address labels. The inside says, ‘Hope you’re having an Eggcelent Day!’ Somehow I didn’t take a picture…

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Trace your egg.

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Draw a real egg shape.

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Cut out the egg.

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Poke holes on the inside. I used two, then switched to one. Either way, string the egg, then through the holes (or hole) and lastly, tie the knot!

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Hang your egg. I used a bit of double sided tape to keep the egg from flopping around in transit.

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Sign, label, and mail!

Have you played with perler beads in a while? I love them! Maybe even more than the kiddo…

 

 

A Crazy Crown Tutorial with Sculpey

Not long ago I received the opportunity to receive some fun Sculpey projects if I will make something with them. Um…. Trust me, this family can make things with just about anything and clay was a super hit!  Sculpey-Main-ImFeelinCrafty

The day the mail came was such a surprise!

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I hadn’t told my son that we were getting the package. And it turns out that they had been making things with clay st school and he had just asked Dad for clay to have at home! And viola… Sculpey Clay appears at our house!

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We got right to work! We’ve made quite a few creatures since we’ve had the clay, but these are the creatures we made the first night. Unfortunately, I’m not writing a tutorial on making creatures, because I’ve still got a lot to learn on that subject. Most of these guys have brown sense we made them!! Oops! I know there is a trick….. But we haven’t figured it out yet! The two end creatures are the kiddos, mine’s the blue one and Dad made the penguin!

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So since we haven’t mastered figures, wanna make a crazy crown with me???

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Basically, I used the clay, the Sculpey tools, a glass, wax paper and some elastic!

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The little glass I have was the perfect size for me. It might have been a little big for the kiddo, but it worked! I wrapped the glass in the wax paper.

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Then we got to work rolling out the stripes. You kinda knead the clay for a while, then roll it into a worm and then flatten.

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Wrap the clay around the glass. And repeat for however many layers you want to do.

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I was pretty into moving along, while my partner was more into chatting and singing and movin’ like a turtle and sculpting with his feet in his Hulk costume!

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And roll it out! One thing I did learn with my creatures is that the clay needs to be worked together, not just pushed together! You might be saying, how did she not know that??? Remember, sewing is more my thing than clay… Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving the clay, I just don’t know as much about it!!!

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And emblish! I used the carving tool for the points, a rolling stamp for the texture and the fun little cookie cutter like pieces for the sea stars.

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The tricky part…. Removing the glass is easy, but removing the wax paper is a bit trickier! The clay will stick to the wax paper, but just move slowly and pull it away to retain the shape of the crown!

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Poke holes in the side. I poked two on each side. Then bake per directions!

 

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Thread your elastic through the holes. I used a 33″ piece of elastic. I ran it through two holes on each side, just to give it a bit more stability on the noggin’.

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And viola! The Crazy Crown! The kiddo also made a rolled clay crown. We love our crowns! Which one is your favorite?

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What a fun time! We’ve really had some great family crafting with this project! And I know we’ll have more! What would you make if you got a box full of Sculpey fun???

 

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!

 

 

Yo Ho Ho Are you Ready for KCW?

You’ll never believe it, but I have made another costume for the kiddo! Do your kids like costumes as much as mine does?

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The year before last my family was a silly band of pirates for Halloween. My son’s uncle had given him a pirate costume the Christmas before that. It was just a fun store bought costume. My son loved it! It was a hit at his birthday party. The problem with is was that it couldn’t be washed. If the red striped shirt got wet, it bled. And you can only imagine after a year of play, a birthday party costume and a Halloween costume, it needed a wash. So it had to go away. That was over a year ago.

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The kid kept asking for a new one, just like his old one!

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So I finally got down to it and it took all of two hours! Um. Hello?? WHy do I put off these things?

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I used the Flashback Tee pattern. Lately, I haven’t’ been using a lot of patterns, but sometimes it’s easier to just pull it out and cut. No thinking…. I used a red and white striped tee from my recycle stash. I was going to make the arms red, but it just wasn’t working for me. Instead I raided my husband’s ‘t-shirt to turn into rags’ recycle pile for a plain ole white shirt.

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The vest was actually the one his Dad wore for Halloween, just cut down smaller! And then pants are just comfy pants I made with fleece!

And the pirate hat and other pirate party accessories are available at my etsy shop!

what are you making for KWC?

 

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I’ve Got My Eye on You!

I feel like it’s kinda early to start posting about Valentine’s Day, but since this month is flying by, I realized Valentine’s Day isn’t really that far off!

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Not long ago I had an etsy customer ask for a set of my pirate eye patches and a set of heart shaped eye patches. Of course, I said I could do hearts! While I was making them, I knew that there had to be a way to incorporate these into a Valentine’s Day card!

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And I did!

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The silly card is printed on cardstock and is a flat card with eye patch wrapped around it. And once you remove the eye patch, the other eye is revealed!

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I think they are pretty funny myself! And it seems like someone else did too!

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You can print them here and make your own eye patches. I sew two pieces of felt together with the elastic sandwiched between the two.

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But if Valentine’s Day is sneaking up on you fast and you want someone else to make them for you… I got you covered! You can buy them as

1. an Individual Card with the eye patch and an envelope on my etsy shop here OR as

2. a Set of 10 for classmates with the eye patch and no envelope on my etsy shop here!

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The Arctic Fox Mask! A Project for You!

Dont’ forget to Vote (for me (hint hint)) now (please), click here! I’m in last place and kinda depressed about it… Trying to stay optimistic! If you haven’t voted for me, please do!

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I don’t know if you remember, but what looks like ages ago (the kiddo looks so little in the pictures), I made a fox mask.

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So of course, I used this as a base for my arctic fox mask!

I’m not going to redo the tutorial that you can find here, but I did update the mask pattern. You can download the pattern here (And vote while it’s downloading here). Print the pattern and then follow the tutorial for your very own arctic fox mask!

I used grey stitching around the eyes for a little accent! Enjoy!

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Happy New Year!

I hope yall all had a wonderful New Years Eve! We have a tradition of always going to Tacoma’s zoo and seeing the zoolights, so that’s what we did! Do you have a favorite NYE tradition???

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I thought I’d welcome in 2014 with a look back at my favorite projects from 2013! I’ve been reading a lot of other blogs and it seems like I’m not the only one that gets into a mood thinking that I didn’t create too much… But once you sit and look at your whole blog from the past year, I’m reminded that I made A LOT! Yeah!

And my favorites are….

The crazy colorful outfit the kiddo and I made in January for the Project Run and Play Sew Along.

The I Love You Jacket I made for the kiddo in February.

The Super Hero Cape t-shirt tutorial (you’ll see a superhero theme throughout this year!) I made for the kiddo and Go To Sew in March!

One of my all time favorite projects was the Fox Skirt in April (for my friend April’s daughter!).

The wonky star quilt I made, with the help of my Nurture Circle, in May.

The low volume, ‘Lone Star’ pillowcase I made for a swap partner in June.

The little overalls I designed for a friend’s son adoption in July.

I really loved how this needle book turned out that I made for another swap in August.

The Flash costume in September! I didn’t blog about it until October, but technically I made it in September….

And the Hulk Costume in October!

The kiddo and I really loved our melted bead necklaces we made in November.

And last but not least, I loved our Jack and Jill pj’s I made in December!

What was your favorite project that you made last year??? Or do you have a favorite that I made? I’d love to hear about it!!

Envelope Pillow Tutorial

Like I mentioned in my post last week for the Stay Put Scarf, I’m bring home some of my Go to Sew posts from the last year. And I’m starting with some that I think would make great last minutes gifts. So today, I’m sharing the envelope pillow tutorial!

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I made quite a few of these in the last week for holiday gifts! (more will be coming on the random pot holder in the picture)

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The A is an antique mall find that I remade into a ‘Bama gift pillow! I made a grey and red striped background and then sew-ed the A on top!

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I was doing a little shopping at CB2 and I saw these pillows with white and silver and red. I loved them! And I knew I just happened to have some fluffy white fleece and some silver vinyl. So I went to town making the pillows. I made three for myself and then I made four others for a handmade FB swap I said I would do in January! Their $30 ones look fabulous! But I am also pretty proud of how my ‘from my stash’ ones turned out as well!

So here’s the easy peasy tutorial!

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You can do anything with it! You can make your kid one out of one of their favorite shirts that they’ve outgrown… Or did you find some fancy fabric, but if was so fancy you really know you should only buy a half yard… Perfect for a pillow! Or you can do a quick little quilting job and have a baseball inspired pillow!

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So what you’ll need is easy… A Pillow! Fabric, thread, cutting implements, and some batting if you want to do a little quilting.

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First you cut! Cut out the front roughly a half inch larger than you pillow. For the back you’ll cut two pieces. I cut them to overlap by about three inches. For instance, if you pillow is 14 inches wide, I’ll cut two pieces 10 inches wide. If you’re going to be quilting, cut a piece of batting and a cover for the batting, both the same size as the front piece.

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Hem the edges on the back two pieces.

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If you’re going to do quilting on the front, go for it! Then cover the back of the quilting with you extra piece.

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Stack them all together! Back of the quilted piece, right side down. Front of the pillow, right side up. Then stack the two back pieces, right sides down.

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Hem the edges on all four sides. I like to back stitch over the overlapped back pieces. You’re going to be pulling at it here when you stuff the pillow in, so a little extra stitching helps!

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Then trim the corners.

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I like to trim the edges with a pinking shear. Or you could use a serger.

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Turn it right side out. (yes, my back is not even, like I mentioned above, but it is overlapped like I mentioned.)

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Then stuff that pillow in and enjoy!

See? Super simple! Quick and a sweet gift! I made mine for a friend that wanted a St Louis Cardinal pillow…

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I’m not much for using fabrics with team logos and such, so I took their colors and logo and made mine.

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What do you think? Does it say St Louis Cardinals without literally saying St Louis Cardinals? I hope so! I didn’t do a bird. But I did baseballs (don’t look at the basballs too closely, it’s my first time doing little bitty circles!), the yellow bat and the blue outline…. Crossing my fingers that she likes it!

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