Backgammon with Let’s Begin Sewing

Today we have a new guest to the Sew Ready to Play line-up! Today’s guest is Rachel from Let’s Begin Sewing! She is one of my real life quilty friends. We’ve been in the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild together for quite some time and I love what she creates, so I invited her over to play along this year and she agreed! If you haven’t been by her blog, you need to! And be sure to check out all of her amazing quilts.

This year for the first time I am participating in Sew Ready to Play with Louise from I’m Feelin Crafty. She is one of my quilty friends that I actually get to interact with in person.

I am not much into board games, but recently someone gifted me a custom made wooden Backgammon set. It is truly a work of art. Very painfully crafted with neatly polished wooden inlays. I love looking at it more than playing with it. The crisp and clean geometric pattern really gets me. This was the inspiration behind my Backgammon inspired cushion cover.

The cushion cover is foundation pieced. I modified the pattern slightly from the standard Backgammon board design using EQ7. You can download the template here. I limited the color palette to Kona Charcoal and Grass Green by Robert Kaufman. The cushion measures 13″ x 13″ and fits a standard 14″ x 14″ pillow insert.

The quilting is minimal and echoes the paper pieced pattern. For the back I used a zipper flap to cover up the zipper. I used this zipper closure tutorial by Svetlana of Sotak Handmade. It makes up for not having a matching zipper handy 🙂 I used a 12″ zipper for this cushion.

A step really not needed but highly recommended if you plan to wash the cushion cover is to cover up the seams on the inside. I usually bind the seams with home made binding. It does not have to be pretty but goes a long way when washed as it prevents fraying.

Here are some other color options that I considered before settling on this one.

The possibilities are endless.

Leaving off with one last picture, I think it is going to look great on the couch.

Be sure to stop back by for more!
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Sept 7th- Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Sept 9th- Jennifer from Busy Being Jennifer

Sept 11th- Ari from Max California

Sept 16th- Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Sept 18th- Karly from Paisley Roots

Sept 21st- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 23rd- Narelle from Cook, Clean, Craft

Sept 25th- Al from Shaffer Sisters

Sept 28th- Rachel from Let’s Begin Sewing

Sept 30th- Marci from Marci Girl Designs

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Name That Tune! A Boombox Pillow Tutorial

Today it’s me here at Sew Ready to Play! I don’t think I need to introduce myself, do I? So we’ll skip that part and move right in to my project! We’re all pretty excited about how this one turned out!

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I’ve been wanting to make this for a while. Maybe 2 years now… So when I was thinking about my Sew Ready to Play project, it hit me! Name that Tune is a game! We try to play it, but the kiddo always sings the same song and I’m horrible with song names! So it’s not our favorite, I’ll admit, but it’s a cool project!!

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It’s kinda a Land of Nod knock off. A few years back I saw that they had this boombox pillow (it’s not on their website anymore) and it was pretty cool. But it was just a pillow… Why wouldn’t a boombox pillow play music??? Our night time routine is typically a couple of books and then a book cd. And I have a bunch of books on my iphone… So… Combine the pillow, cd’s and iphone and you have a perfect boombox pillow! Yep!

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Dad loves to fall asleep listening to the radio and I like to fall asleep to white noise after reading. Needless to say, we had a little problem. So I bought Dad a speaker pillow. It’s perfect! He can listen and I don’t have to hear it! So the kiddo is super excited to have his own pillow so he can fall asleep listening to music too! Just like Dad!

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So I got to making my own! And it’s a hit! When he was modeling it, I told him, ‘Back when I was a kid, people used to walk around with them on thier shoulders.’ So we took some pictures and then a few minutes later he said, ‘Hey, let me carry it like they did in the old days!’ hmmmmmmmmmmm…….. The old days…. Really?

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The pillow has real hidden speakers behind the stenciled speakers.

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And a pocket on the back to hold the iphone (or mp3 player of your choice!). And a handle to make it easier to take to your next dance party!!

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OK! Does it look like so much fun that you want to make one? I’ll show you how!

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Your materials- 15x10x3 piece of foam (or how ever big you want to make it), you can use my template (but I warn you the file is very low resolution, but it works!), a zipper (I started with a 25 inch one), grey fabric, a little bit of black fabric, cutting supplies, speakers and freezer paper.

And not shown in the picture, but I also used a scrap of interfacing, a scrap of batting, fabric paint, 3 inches of velcro and about 10 inches of webbing. Also, I just happened to have a super big pipe cleaners for my ‘antenna’. But if you don’t happen to have those, I’d use a regular pipe cleaner wrapped in batting.

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First, cut out your pieces of fabric. For my 15x10x3 pillow, I cut:  2 pieces at 16×11, a 4 inch strip about 40 inches long, 2 strips about 2 inches wide and 25 inches long. The pocket was a scrap about 10 by 10ish. The pocket really just needs to be big enough to hold the mp3.

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Cut out the pattern in the freezer paper, iron it on and then paint it. For more freezer paper stencils details see this tutorial!

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Next we’ll prepare the back. Iron on your scrap of interfacing. I made mine centered and down just a little bit. Then draw on a rectangle, mine was about 3 inches long and 1/2 inch tall. Cut the inside lines, but not the outside rectangle. Then iron over and top stitch around the rectangle.

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Time for the pocket! Fold over the fabric (RST), add the batting on top and stitch along the short sides. Trim the bottom with pinking shears and snip the top corners. Turn right sides out, iron flat and fold over the bottom. Sew on the velcro to the pocket and the pillow back. Then sew on the pocket to the back of the pillow, covering the hole you just made.

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And the sides! Sew the two skinny pieces of the fabric to the zipper, using a zipper foot, and iron flat.

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Sew the zipper piece and the side piece together. Then, to get the best fit, I wrapped the piece around the pillow and marked exactly where the other ends get sewn together. I overlapped the zippered by one inch on each side. This helps with getting the cushion into the pillow case!

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Sew together the black fabric to make the antenna. And stuff it!

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Prepare the pillow! Carve out a spot for for the speakers. It doesn’t have to be pretty! Then cut a slit to slide the speakers through.

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Sew together the top, bottom and sides, RST. Turn right side out. This is where I decided to sew on the strap to the top for the handle! Then insert the pillow! You’re done!

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Just pull the cords through…

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plug in the player!

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Adjust the volume and you’re ready to go…

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Just like in the old days, namin’ that tune!