Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sew & Tell: vintage tea towel pillow

Did I tell you I got a new sewing machine for Christmas? My old machine was super old and not working very well. That’s one of the reasons I haven’t posted any sewing projects lately. I finally had some time to try out my new machine and I love it. It has ninety-nine stitches… so far I’ve mastered one – the straight stitch.

I dug through my fabric stash and found this vintage tea towel that I had forgotten about. It’s so bright and cheery.

My favorite part are these little curtain valances that came on the tea towel. 

The tea towel was the perfect size to make a pillow and making a pillow was an easy way to try out my new sewing machine.

I decided to make the pillow with a flange edge so I wouldn’t lose any of the cute floral pattern that runs along the edge of the towel.

Super cute and easy. Honestly, it took me longer to figure out how to thread my new sewing machine than to make this pillow.

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  1. Wow.. the pillows look pretty. I like DIY stuff too, but haven't have time to do my hobby. Nice blog! Keep post. :)

  2. hey I really liked your work.The pillow is so cute. I am your new follower now.

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  3. Those curtain valences are amazing! The pillow is lovely - a great start to what I'm sure will be many projects on your new machine!

  4. I totally love it! What great fabric :)

  5. Ninety-nine stitches?? have a lot to master. :)
    This turned out super cute, at first I thought you did the curtain valances too, such a pretty touch!

  6. I really love this...wish I could reach out and touch the fabric!

  7. That is beyond adorable! I love the little window valences. I'm stopping by via the blog hop. It's so nice to meet you :)
    I'm a new follower.

    Lots of love,

  8. adorable...i am loving yellow at the moment

  9. Just adorable Carolyn. Those valances are the perfect touch. Thanks for sharing at this week's link party. Happy weekend!

  10. This pillow is beautiful! I am impressed with your sewing abilities ( -: I've had a machine for a few years and I'm not sure I could pull this off! xoxo

  11. Your pillow is lovely and your cute little yellow cup and saucer the perfect accessories!


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