Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tutorial: Sprocket Pillows


These are my favorite new pillows. They are fast and unbelievably easy to make…and I hope you love them as much as I do. I did my best to simplify the instructions/pattern so they are beginner friendly, and super fun to make. If you’ve never worked with a template or curves, and your nervous about it…these pillows are a perfect place to start. The only problem with them is that you can’t make just one…trust me …I tried.


There are pattern templates for two sizes:



Click the link below to download the pattern templates

*For best results, print the templates directly from google docs (click file on the left and print). If you are using explorer or firefox….make sure you hit "fit to printable area", or "print actual size" in the printer preferences.
** Please do not re-post the link to these templates on your own website! Thank you!

You will also need:

Large fabric scraps for the top wedges, a 5" x width of fabric strip for the middle (plus a little extra for the large size), a fat quarter for the back, a bag of poly-fill stuffing, and a button and thread for the center.

Let’s get started!!!!

1. Cut out the template for the size pillow that you are making. Using the template cut out 12 wedges.


2. Arrange the wedges how you like them. Sew the wedges into pairs, right sides together. Sew from the tip to the end. Use a 1/4" seam allowance while constructing the pillow top.
3. Press and arrange the pairs. Sew the pairs into two halves.
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4. Pin the edges and center seams of the halves together. Sew the halves together, slightly pulling or easing the fabric as necessary to get the edges and center to match. Don’t worry if your center seams don’t match perfectly…that’s what the button is for. Press well.

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5. Make the pillow back by folding the backing fat quarter, and the circle top in half. Line up the folds, trace, and cut out the back.


6. Cut the strip for the pillow center. The strip sizes are:
Large Pillow: 5" x 50" strip
Small Pillow: 5" x 43 1/2" strip

Sew the ends of the strip right sides together using a 1/2" seam allowance and press. You’ll use a 1/2" seam allowance from here on out.


7. Pin one edge of the strip to the edges of the pillow top. Start anywhere and work your way around, easing or slightly stretching as necessary. If you have too much excess, pin all the way around except for the last 6” or so and pinch the extra together and sew it together. If you don’t have enough strip and you can’t slightly stretch it larger…you can either cut and sew another small strip on, or pin the strip 1/8" or so in from the pillow top edge.


Remember that you can’t use too many pins!


8. Sew along the edge using a 1/2" seam allowance.


9. Now pin the other edge of the middle strip to the backing, right sides together. Do it the same way you did the front.


10. Again, sew along the edge using a 1/2" seam allowance…but this time leave a 4" hole for turning and stuffing.


11. Turn the pillow right side out and stuff with your poly-fill. I like my pillow to look full but still be really cushy…that way when you add the button it sinks right in.


12. Sew up the hole either by hand or machine.
13. Get your button, needle and thread ready. If you want to make a fabric covered button like I did…you can buy kits at any fabric/craft store….they are super simple and take about 10 seconds. I recommend using thick thread like embroidery thread to add the button….but I didn’t have any for the tutorial so just ignore the thread I’m using in the photos.
Knot the end of your thread and put the needle through the center back of your pillow and push it to the front center.


Loop the thread/needle through your button a few times and put the needle back through the front to the back.


Pull the thread until the button is depressed in the front enough for your liking, and knot the thread in the back of the pillow. You can cover the back knot with another button…or just leave it.


And there you go. Aren’t they fun???!!!! Now you can make more in no time!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

really. bad. math

Awhile ago I came up with this really stupid great plan to make a King size quilt for my bed. 


So I decided on this bowtie design.  I figured I needed 168 blocks to make it 104" x 90"…and each block has four smaller blocks in it…and each smaller block contains 6 little squares (including the little corner squares).  So I figured to make this whole quilt I’ll have to cut 1008 little squares .  Totally do-able. 


But then as I was lying awake in bed listening to my husband snore I realized…I’ll actually need 4032 little squares!!!!!!!    I forgot to times that 1008 by 4.  Yuck.   And instead of the 3 yards of white fabric I bought I’ll need 6 yards.  So much for my quick project!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Trial run


I could stick him in a dress and put a bow on his head and nobody would ever know he was a busy little boy.  I finished up this quilt and had to “try” it out.  It looks good hanging on this crib.   Even Batman likes it:


This sweet little quilt is backed with Bliss flannel and bound with Kona Aqua. 


It’s going to a special baby girl….who’s Momma won’t care that I let my baby suck on it first.   'Cause now she knows!


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Scrap Craft

Now that afternoon naps are becoming fewer and shorter for Ben, I’ve had to find ways to keep him busy so I can frantically try and get stuff done while destructo-baby is asleep.


 Yesterday we cut out a big cardboard B, and he glued all the fabric scraps and buttons to it.  He sat by me for almost an hour getting them all on.  After it was all dry (which takes awhile when you give a 3 year old a bottle of glue) I trimmed around the edges. 


It was a fun project and a good way to use itty bitty scraps I’d normally throw away.  I can’t take credit for this idea….I saw it on a blog not long ago but since I saw it in my google reader I can’t for the life of me remember what blog it was.  So if you know…will you leave it in the comments? 


And look how nice and evenly placed those buttons are…. I think he takes after his symmetrically obsessed momma.

On another note….I’m helping with a HUGE humanitarian project for my church at the end of April to make over 100 Twin sized quilts to send to those in need around the world…mainly to Japan.   There is a huge need for quilts and if you have any large pieces of fabric you’d be willing to donate will you email me?  I’d be looking for pieces larger than 1/2 yard up to as big as you got…it doesn’t matter what it looks like as long as its quality cotton or flannel.  You would be responsible for shipping costs to get the fabric to me…but it will be put to great use…promise.  Thank you!  My email is can email me and I’ll give you my shipping info.

Monday, March 14, 2011


After a day of Go-Go-Go-ing I love to sit and have some mindless sewing time.  No planning or pre-cutting or over thinking allowed.  Here are some of the blocks from last night’s mindless sewing spree:


Beats me what I’ll do with them.  Hopefully they’ll make their way into a baby quilt after I finish all of my projects that require planning and pre-cutting and over thinking. 

Oh and the winner of the Burgundy Buttons Giveaway is #311, Melody-Simple Life in Georgia.  I just left a comment on your blog Melody. :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Baby Bliss


I whipped up this baby quilt a while ago using 2 Bliss charm packs.  

If you want to make a quilt like this start with 2 Charm packs.  There should be 80 squares and you only need 72…so pick out 8 squares to make the flower (or not).  You can see I picked out 2 of the red squares (4 petals from 1 square), 1 green for the leaves, 1 blue for the center and 4 more to make eight.  Then cut all of your remaining charm squares in half.  You should have 160 strips 2 1/2" x 5".


I mixed up all the strips and sewed them back into pairs.  Then I sewed those pairs together into sets of 4, and then I sewed my sets of 4 together into sets of 8.  If you do it that way vs. laying out all the little strips it will go faster…plus you can chain piece everything.  After I had sets of 8 I laid them all out into rows….two set per row.  Then you can finish sewing together your quilt top.   

Your on your own with the flower…I basically just fused the charm squares to webbing and cut out my shapes.  For the petals…you can fold your charm squares into fourths and draw the petal shape on the paper backing of the webbing and cut them out.  Here’s a really fuzzy picture of the flower close up:


You can still find Bliss charm packs here.

Friday, March 4, 2011



We are back from the sun and wiped out.   I know I’ve said it before…but I’m still pretty certain that flying alone with kids is one of the least fun things to do EVER.   Especially when my baby is coughing and hacking all over the girl next to me and trying desperately to grab her ipod and my 4 year old tells me he’s going to pee his pants.  So.  Much.  Fun.  :)     All kidding aside though…it was a nice needed sunny break and we’ll talk soon!