As I said in this post, the cameo project went through a, uh hmmm, major transformation.
And I'm so happy I switched gears and focused on inanimate objects.
For those of you who would like to make your own Vintage Saral pillow, here's how to do it!!
Materials and Supplies needed:
- 25- 5.5" squares of batting
- 12- 4.5" squares of gingham
- 13- 5.5" squares of white linen
- bunches of scraps
- 27"X27" backing fabric
- 2 cover-able buttons
- 3 1/2 to 4- 8 oz. packages of polyfil
- crochet thread in a contrasting color
- embossing stylus for tracing
- saral transfer paper
- free motion quilting foot
- walking foot (not absolutely necessary, but helpful)
The first thing I did was google "vintage kitchen images", and from the links that came up, I chose all my images from this particular link. The images I worked from are this one, this one, this one, and this one. I printed them off at a reduced scale, so they would fit on a 5.5" square. For the little flower star, I used the image that is between the pics of the women on ruby star rising fabric.
1. Set aside 5 of the batting squares along with 5 of the white linen squares. These will become the corners and the center block of the pillow.
2. Layer a 5.5" piece of linen, right side up, saral paper, right side down, and then lay the image you are going to trace on top of that. Trace the image onto the linen, making sure it is centered.
3. Lay a square of 5.5" batting on the back of the linen and use your free motion quilting foot, and whatever thread color you choose to free motion quilt the image onto the linen, following the lines created from the saral paper.
4. Repeat steps 2-3 for all images. I made 4 of the flower-star blocks and 4 of the vintage kitchen blocks.
5. Next, lay one of the 4.5" squares of gingham somewhat centered onto a 5.5" square of batting.
6. With the right side down, line up the edges of a scrap strip of fabric with one gingham edge and sew down using a 1/4 seam.
Open the seam, iron, and repeat this process around the gingham until all 4 sides have a scrap of fabric. Trim the fabric so it is the same size as the batting square.
7. Repeat steps 5-6 eleven more times so you have a total of 12 gingham/scrap squares.
8. Arrange and sew your squares together like so:
9. Next, cut your square into a circle. To accomplish this, I used a homemade sort of compass by tying a pen and a pencil together with a string that was 12.5 inches long in between the pencil and pen. I placed the pencil in the center of the center block and used the pen to make the circle by drawing onto the batting.
This wasn't an exact process, but it gave me a circle that I was happy with. Once the circle is traced onto the batting, cut the circle out.
10. Next, trace around the pillow front onto the wrong side of the backing fabric and cut the circle out of the backing fabric.
11. To make the gusset, cut several 4" wide fabric strip scraps at different lengths and sew them together, using 1/4" seams. For my circle, I needed a gusset that was 79" long, which included a 1/4" seam allowance. Measure around your circle to make sure how long your gusset needs to be, since the circumference of your circle might be slightly smaller or larger than mine. My gusset measurements were 4"X79".
12. Sew the ends of the gusset strip together with a 1/4" seam allowance.
13. Pin the gusset, right sides together with the pillow front, and sew together, using a 3/8" seam.
14. Pin right sides together and sew the other edge of the gusset onto the pillow back using a 3/8" seam, making sure to leave a 3" opening for turning and stuffing.
15. Turn your pillow so it is right side out and stuff with 3-4 bags of polyfil.
16. Slip stitch the opening closed (by hand).
17. Using the crochet thread and a running stitch, stitch around the gusset seams 3/8" in from the seam around the top and bottom of the pillow.
18. Sew your covered buttons onto the center front and back of the pillow, pulling the thread through the center of the pillow and pulling it taught.
Now for the giveaway!
The wonderful folks at Saral have graciously decided to give away 5 prizes. The grand prize winner will get 3 ROLLs of saral paper. One each of graphite, white, and blue. (That'll stock you up for a long, long time!)
AAAAND, a fabric scrap bundle from me
to get you started with your Vintage Saral pillow!
4 other winners will receive a sampler pack of saral paper! This is a wonderful sampler pack, and will also last a really long time!
Ok, so go ahead. Leave a comment to be entered in the drawing! I'll leave the comments open until Saturday afternoon sometime and choose the winners then.
Good luck to you all!!
The giveaway is now closed!!!