Here's what I've been making… Remember when I said I had some half-finished sewing projects to work on? Well, making pillows from my stencils was one of them, so woohoo! I got a couple finished. The dragonfly above, and the bird on branch, below, are two of my favorite images right now. And the pillows were simple to make, so I may make a few more. In fact, you'll probably find them in my shop soon… Or maybe on my sofa.
I loosely followed Amy Karol's pillow-making instructions in her Bend-the-Rules Sewing bookÂ and am happy with how they turned out.
Here's another Amy Karol project that I followed loosely (very loosely!), however it didn't turn out quite so well. I saw her tutorial for a 5-minute skirt and was immediately motivated to try. 5 minutes! What's there to loose? And besides, I wanted a cute skirt. It called for fold-over elastic, which I didn't have, so I ordered some, twiddled my thumbs a bit, then decided to make the skirt anyway. It also called for a serger for the bottom hem, another thing I don't have. So this skirt has a normal elastic waist and is hemmed the normal way. It took me thirty minutes total, so not quite 5, but not all day either.
It's a great skirt, except that i didn't cut the fabric out properly. You probably can't tell from the photo, but it's swingy on one side, and frustratingly unswingy on the other. I think it'll be an around the house skirt–luckily it's a super comfy knit!
I'm thinking of it as a thirty minute learning experience. When the fold-over elastic arrives, I'll be ready to whip up a flawless 5-minute (plus) skirt.