How To Make a Zippered Pillow Case – Sewing Tutorial

What better project to accompany our brand new made-from-scratch throw pillow than a removable, zippered pillow case?

I talked a little about fabric in the pillow tutorial, but I’ll reiterate here that almost any fabric can make a great pillow. There a lots of fancy-pants home dec fabrics like velvet and satin and silk. Or if you want something snuggly, there’s minky and fleece. If you want to get really crazy, you could make a pillow out of faux fur. You could also keep things simple and go with a cotton or canvas. Especially if you plan on embellishing the case with embroidery or applique or beadwork.

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The Scissorlace! One of my favorite sewing tools ever, plus a quick jewelry-making tip!

If you’re like me, you’re forever losing your scissors or forgetting to bring them when you sit down at the machine. So I came up with an easy solution: I strung a pair of small thread scissors onto a chain so can wear my scissors as a necklace!

This is a stupid-easy project, but it’s such a useful tool, you won’t want to be without it. Let a necklace and your scissors join forces to become THE SCISSORLACE!

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Pattern Review: Simplicity 8084 (Mimi G Style) shirt dress

I was a little nervous to jump into this pattern. I haven’t used a commercial pattern in over ten years, and the fabric I had my heart set on was a rayon challis, which doesn’t have a reputation for being super easy to work with. It’s very fluid and tends to shift all over the place when cutting and sewing.

But I did it anyway, and I’m happy to report that both the pattern and the fabric were less daunting than I expected.

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