Ruffle Pillows

This last weekend, I hosted a bridal shower for my younger sister, who is getting married next month. [Yay!]  I made her and her fiance some ruffle pillows to add a personal touch to their decor.

I chose the green color for the pillow so that her fiance wouldn’t say it was too girly. :)

I have to admit, I haven’t made pillows since I was young… and I think they were for my Barbies! I’ve always had the intentions of making them for our home, but have never done it.


Happy almost wedding to my sister!

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Who couldn’t use a few more ruffles…

Yikes… it has been awhile since I’ve posted.  More than awhile.  I think I had to dust the cobwebs off my blog before typing.  Seriously.  The new year hasn’t quite started with the bang I thought it would.  I haven’t even fired up my sewing machine once.  Maybe I’m giving it a rest from working it like a dog before Christmas.  Right… that’s it.  A rest.

I am mid-project now, however, and I hope to have it finished soon.  As long as my sweet littles will take good naps this week (should I even jinx it by putting that in print??), I should have my first actual creation of 2011. (And yes, I realize how sad that is!)

Shortly before Christmas, one of my all-time BFFs, Alicia, came over for a little sewing lesson.  Well, she definitely knows how to sew, but she wanted me to teach her how to create her own version of The Ruffle Sweater.

the original

In between all our chatting and laughing, we did actually do some sewing.  In fact, she taught me some things.  Like how to use my rotary cutter and the various tools that come with it.  For example, did you know that that fancy schmancy clear ruler was actually supposed to be clear, to lay on top of fabric? (Yes, I do realize this is quite ridiculous that I didn’t know this)  I had been using it for YEARS with the paper still on the back.  But no more!  I have seen the light, peeled off the backing, and have been delving into the world of rotary cutting.

I digress… together we created this beauty!

Just like mine, this sweater was also a pullover turned cardigan.  Alicia and I made a good team – she did the cutting, while I sewed.  And while I was sewing, she may or may not have been laughing at my disaster of a sewing area… I blamed the Christmas present projects, but she knows me better than that. ;)

I think I see more ruffles in her future!

The only thing that could have made this evening better would have been some kind of fabulous chocolatey dessert…. next time!

Ruffle Sweater Redo

I have had a grey sweater for a number of years, but said sweater is from my PB days (Pre-Baby days).  While I still love it, it just doesn’t fit quite the same anymore.  I mean, I was no super model in those PB days, but wearing this sweater as-is in the now Post-Baby days… well, it just made me look fat.

So, refashionista hat on! (And P.S. what great timing, since there’s a Refashionista Event going on over at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar – you’ve gotta check it out)

Turn a sweater into a ruffle cardigan

Original sweater

Cut it in half

Sew some coordinating knit fabric onto each side
(this knit was from a dress I have had since high school … seriously)

Add a ruffled strip of knit on top of the first one.  There are lots of different ways to make ruffles. I sewed two basting stitches down the center of a strip of knit and gently pulled on the bobbin threads until it was the right length. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. I also took in the arms a bit, so it was a little more fitted.

Now here’s a cardigan that does not make me feel fat.

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