Ten Projects-Project #9

I finally finished my BIG project! I’m so glad this one is behind me (whew!), but incredibly thrilled that I actually did it! And I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out!

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I was inspired by this amazing pillow by Amy at Nana Company that I came across on Pinterest over a year ago. It’s so beautiful! I had never quilted anything, but my mother-in-law is a quilter, so I thought I could attempt something similar with some help from her and this tutorial that I also found on Pinterest.

They are far from perfect and look nothing like Amy’s, but I’m really proud of them! And best of all, the kids love them!

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My original plan was to make them pillow cases, but once I started, I realized that would be a little more difficult than I thought I could manage. I’ve sewn a pillow before, so I figured I would do that instead.

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I can tell them apart by one patch on each one. Hudson’s has a Santa patch in the center.IMG_0604

And Harper’s has a Mrs. Claus patch in the center.IMG_0607

I plan on hand embroidering their initials on the backs of the pillows. I still have to look up how to do it!IMG_0609IMG_0610

I’m so happy to be able to add these pillows to our holiday decor and hope that the kids can enjoy them for years to come!

Hooray!!

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Sewing: Tea Party Napkins

I’m a beginner when it comes to sewing. I don’t know much about my sewing machine or all the different ways to adjust it, but I can do a basic stitch, therefore, I can manage to tackle simple sewing projects.

Last weekend little Harper bought a new tea party set with some leftover birthday money and we’re planning to have a “real” tea party this weekend. It was actually one of our activities from our summer fun list.

The tea party set came with a napkin holder and some junk paper napkins. I knew those napkins would last about a week in this house before being destroyed, so I thought it would be fun to sew her some real napkins to match her set. It turned out that I had fabric leftover from sewing her curtains and it matched her tea set perfectly. Bingo!

I took some time yesterday to cut out four squares (9×9 so that when they’re sewn they end up 8×8), then I ironed the seams (so that I didn’t have to use pins) and sewed them. I just did it the easy way and decided not to sew the little pocket corners, but they still look just like real napkins and it’s not like she’ll notice anyway.

She loves them and is excited about our tea party this weekend. I’m making cupcakes with pink frosting and our “tea” is going to be strawberry Kool-Aid. My kids have never had Kool-Aid. Is that weird? I drank it all the time when I was a kid, but never think to buy it.

Here is a look.

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I think this is a pretty awesome free project! They make her tea party set just a little bit more special and add a personal touch, which I’m all about.

Now I need to figure out how to put a quilt together, so I can get going on those quilted pillow cases that are a year late. Hmmmmmm…