Daily Archives: December 26, 2013

Some Christmas Sewing…That I can Now Share!

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With just under a month before Christmas, I decided to sew some Christmas gifts. It was a little insane to start so late (and I am vowing to sew gifts ALL year in 2014 rather than wait until the last minute – we’ll see how that goes!). I couldn’t show you what I was doing for obvious reasons…but now that Christmas is over and the gifts are unwrapped, I thought I’d show you what I did.


These darling little pin cushions use the pattern by Camille Roskelley – I learned how to make them by taking advantage of a sale and enrolling in her Playful Piecing class over at Craftsy (she also teaches you how to make several of her quilts in that class). I made these particular pinnies for some sewing pals of mine. You can see more detailed photos of them by visiting my Threadbias projects page.

You all might remember my obsession with pillows in 2013. Well, I decided to just keep on being obsessed right through the end of the year.

My niece, Sam, recently got her first apartment – so I decided to make her some modern pillows for her living room. I used Simply Style by V & Co along with some other coordinating fabrics to make this pillow:


The pattern is The Metro from the Pillow Pop book (this project is also associated with the Pillow Pop Sew Along group which you can join over on Threadbias). I used Black Yarn Dyed Essex linen and Bella Bleached White for the solids. The pillow features a hidden zipper and pieced back and measures 20″ square.

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The quilting is simple echo quilting around the front design with a little extra quilting inside the large square blocks.

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You can’t just have one pillow on a couch, right? So I made a coordinating pillow for Sam using the same fabrics. The pattern is “Playground” from Camille Roskelley’s Simply Retro book. As with the previous pillow, I used Black Yarn Dyed Essex Linen and Bella Bleached white for the solids.


There is a pieced back and a hidden zipper. The pillow measures 20″ square.

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Once again, I used echo quilting around the front design.


Sam has a sister, Abby, who is in her second year of college. My sister had made her a wonderful, happy quilt for her college bed, and I thought a pair of coordinating pillows would be just the thing:


I was inspired to make these pillows when I saw these fantastic Chevron pillows on the Let’s Eat Grandpa blog. I like the use of two colorways, but decided to put a binding on mine. The pillows use primarily greens and pinks – with a splash of yellow so it wouldn’t feel like too much like Christmas! They measure 18″ X 18″. The backs are pieced and I did a hidden zipper to make them reversible.

Again, I chose echo quilting. And I couldn’t resist using some of Bonnie and Camille’s Scrumptious fabric for the binding – a red and salmon diagonal stripe that coordinated perfectly.

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The pin cushions and pillows (both Sam and Abby’s) were a big hit – and super fun to make – which made me very happy!

Did you make anything crafty for gifts this year??!