OK, moving right along. Another Idea Sandwich completed. At the speed I am going, I’ll have to make up more sandwiches.
This is the BEFORE photo. How the fabric looked when I showed it to you earlier this month.
And now it is a Double Sided Pillow. Which can be used as a Double Sided Table Topper. One side one day. The other side the next.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. I finished it four days ago. Have been staring at it.
Time to share it with you.
If I hadn’t of run out of the rust puzzle print fabric, this look never would have happened. I even went to JoAnn’s to see if I could find more. No, nope. Then spent about an hour searching the net. No luck. So as any creative crafter would do… I moved on to Plan B.
This black floral with the butterflies filled in. And mighty nicely, I’ll say.
After deciding on it, that is when I was flooded with ideas.
Why not do a two sided pillow? And quilt both sides. Two separate quilt tops. AND how about making it versatile. Make it so it could be used as a table topper. So… with all of these ideas, I got started.
There’s a lot of FIRST’s in this project.
- My 1st quilted pillow. (And a recycled pillow, at that!!)
- My 1st quilted item with a zipper.
- My 1st quilted item with multiple quilting designs. (stippling, boxes, triangles)
Anyhoo… let me tell you about it.
I worked on the front, then the back. I didn’t spend a lot of time taking measurements. I just sewed. Luckily when I finished, there was only an inch difference in the two quilt tops.
The front has a larger panel of cats in the center with log cabin type borders. Each border a different width.
I quilted the faces with a square box about an inch from the seam. And stippled the rust and black borders. The last border, with the cat fabric, I quilted triangles. If you look close, you can see them.
Making The Back.
The triangle blocks were fast to make. Draw a line down the center diagonally, sew 1/4 inch on both sides of the line. Cut in the center. And you have two blocks from the one. Then I had to press and trim them. I didn’t know what I was doing… obviously… since the cat faces point up, down and all around. LOL!! And only a few of the end points lined up correctly. LOTS of room for improvement.
Quilting the back was easy. Squares for the cat faces. Stippling for the rest. To make the square lines, I used my square rulers and marker pencil. And sewed slowly. I think they came out great.
OK, both tops are quilted. Now what? I had to think about how to put them together.
Remembering what I did to make pillowcases, I made French seams. Adding the zipper was a bit of a challenge, since I did it a**backwards. (It’s been a LONG time since I sewed in a zipper.)
It took longer than necessary. And the zipper could have been about an inch longer. But as Tim Gunn from Project Runway would say, “Make It Work!!” And I did.
Want to see the finished pillow?
OK, let’s go…. And you get to see it also as a table mat.
REVERSIBLE TABLE MAT
Well, there you have it.
Another original idea/creation from This Year’s Dozen.
You know the drill. What you can or can’t do.. But I would be honored if you wanted to try making this for yourself. Just link back to my post. Thanks for sticking around to the end of this long post.