Today was one of those days that are painfully boring AND busy. About half way through the day I stopped working on my seemingly endless To-Do list and took a two hour nap. After two hours of extra sleep and a large cup of coffee, I continued to trudge through the rest of the work I had to do. I also spent at least an hour procrastinating by surfing the web and ended up with some new inspiration for projects this week. My next goal is make this cute pin cushion I found. I have had the pattern printed out and sitting on my desk just begging me to make it for a few days now. It shouldn't take me very long to make.
This little owl here was made out of recycled sweaters that I was getting rid of. This was my first attempt at making recycled owl pillows and I learned a few things from my experience.
1-shrink the sweaters first, it makes for a stiffer [yet still soft] pillow which I am assuming will be easier to cut. 2-cut the fabric a lot bigger than you intend your pillow to be. This ended up at least 2 inches smaller than I was planning it to be.I went to the Abiding Place in Honeoye last week and picked up a few wool sweaters to use for this project. They ended up in the wash almost as soon as they arrived at my house and they shrunk quite a bit because they are all 100% wool, I think. So, I'm ready to start my next pillow hopefully sometime this week. I've been looking for some buttons lately, too, because I'm really running low. I only have about 10 buttons in my whole sewing room and I'd like to have a collection of at least 50-75. Anyway, I hope to get a stencil cut out of thin cardboard for these so I can make them all the same, make them quickly and eventually get them up for sale on Etsy. Well, that is that. Hopefully these things actually get done this week. Nothing sooths after a stressful day like sewing does.