Thursday, May 18, 2017

How to Make a Quilted Memory Pillow (With a Collar Pillow)

Yesterday, I shared a "How to Photo Tutorial" on making a Quilted Memory Pillow without a collar.

Today, I am sharing how I made my Quilted Memory Pillow with a Collar.


I said this yesterday: 
When I am making something, I take several photos of the construction, instead of writing it down, because I am a visual learner. I need to see it! 


Sometimes I get so caught up in the process of making it, I forget to take photos of each step. I want to share how I make my Quilted Memory Pillows, but it will be all in photos - no words (maybe a few) and I may have missed a few photos, but I am sure you will be able to figure out how to make the quilted memory pillow.



I cut the shirt arms and seams off and trimmed it so the front and back were similar size, but I left the shirt attached at the shoulders. 

Using my regular sewing machine, I stitched the front placket closed, using a zipper foot, so I could stitch on the placket and not hit the buttons. 


I cut a large circle from another part of the shirt and used it in the neck hole by the collar to fill in that space. I used lots of pins to hold it in place as I stitched it. It's a little tricky to do.


You can see in this photo, how I stitched around it just below the plaid collar to hold the circle in place. 


I decided to leave the tag on the collar too. 



Then I brought the shirt to the quilting machine to quilt it. It is kind of awkward as the collar is bulky.


You can see how I quilted up and around the collar. I know it stands up, but it will get stuffed later.




Here is the link to the video on how I quilted the lettering for the message. 


A short video sharing how I quilted (thread painted) the lettering on the #memoryshirtpillow. 


This way it looks like embroidered lettering.



I trimmed it to get it ready to sew into a pillow, but first I had to do a little adjusting and trimming behind the collar, up underneath, so that I could stuff the Poly Fiber Fill in there.


Sorry, no photos of sewing it together. I forgot to take a photo.  After I stitched the pillow on all 4 sides (leaving an opening for turning), I turned it right side out and I hand stitched the bottom opening closed.











There are many memory shirt pillows out there, but I wanted to make it unique by quilting it and by thread painting for the wording.  


My friend, Thankful helped with the wording, the construction idea and we made it work! 


Yes --- I take custom orders on my website at Quilted Memory Pillow.


Quilted Memory Pillows make great gifts for loved ones.


Enjoy your day!

Marcia

If you don't sew or quilt and you are reading this, you can order one from me! Quilted Memory Pillow

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

How to Make a Quilted Memory Pillow (No Collar Pillow)

When I am making something, I take several photos of the construction, instead of writing it down, because I am a visual learner. I need to see it! 

Sometimes I get so caught up in the process of making it, I forget to take photos of each step. I want to share how I make my Quilted Memory Pillows, but it will be all in photos - no words (maybe a few) and I may have missed a few photos, but I am sure you will be able to figure out how to make the quilted memory pillow.

If you don't sew or quilt and you are reading this, you can order one from me! Quilted Memory Pillow

Today, I will share the photos of the no collar pillow and tomorrow I will share the photos of the collar pillow.

Of course, I cut the shirt into 2 pieces. 

Using my regular sewing machine, I stitched the front placket closed, using a zipper foot, so I could stitch on the placket and not hit the buttons.  

Then I brought the shirt pieces to the quilting machine to quilt them. 



I made 2 memory pillows at the same time.



I stitched around the pocket. I wanted to leave it as an open pocket. Messages or notes could be put in the pocket.













I missed taking a photo here.  I took them off my quilting machine and trimmed them. I placed them front to front and stitched them together to make a pillow and turned it right side out through an opening I left in the bottom.



Next, I stuffed them with Poly Fiber Fill and hand stitched the bottom closed.














Quilted Memory Pillows make great gifts for loved ones.

Stayed tuned for my next post .... (tomorrow)



Enjoy your day!

Marcia


If you don't sew or quilt and you are reading this, you can order one from me! Quilted Memory Pillow

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Taking Time to Crochet the Flowers!


I created (crocheted) a Black Eyed Daisy on Sunday afternoon, using my Lazy Daisy pattern. I am taking time to enjoy a few minutes every day in May -- Taking time to create!  #mayforme2017

The PDF Downloadable Pattern is available in My Pattern Store for only $1.00 on Craftsy.com 





On this one, I used 2 strands of fabric for the stem!






 Here's another one I crocheted using selvage strips. 


Do you want a "printed pattern" of the Crocheted Lazy Daisy Pattern? 
I will print it and mail it to you for $5.50.
PDF Pattern is $1.00, plus $2.50 for the printing, plus shipping of $2.00 = $5.50 (US shipping of $2.00)

Please mail a check or money order to me with your request and your address.

Marcia Wachuta
41826 County Road W
Boscobel, WI 53805


Do you want a printed pattern of any of the PDF Patterns in my Craftsy Store. Add $2.50 for printing to the price on Craftsy, plus $2.00 for US shipping. 
$2.50 + _______(insert Craftsy Price) + $2.00 = _____ Total

My Pattern Store on Craftsy has 31 PDF Downloadable Patterns: https://www.craftsy.com/profile/crafty-sewing-and-quilting/

Enjoy your day!

Marcia