From Napkins to Pillows

Everyone brings an unique perspective to an antique shop. My roommate has an eye for furniture. Another friends has a thing for vintage jewelry. I tend to fall in love with fabric. The other day I was wandering through the rows at an antique store in Homewood, and a set of napkins caught my eye. Naturally, I bought them and a matching handkerchief nearby.

Once I took out the napkins’ seams, I cut them into perfect squares. When removing the seams, I usually lose fabric due to unraveling. I decided to not work with a pillow form, which meant I could make the pillow any size I wanted.

I ironed out the handkerchief, and pinned it in place on my designated “front” side of the pillow. With the lace edges, I didn’t want to compromise the look by using my sewing machine, so I hand-stitched the handkerchief to the napkin.

Once the handkerchief is sewed down, time to make the finishing touches. Take the two napkins and put the two “right” sides together. I used a 1/2 inch seam, leaving a small hole to stuff the pillow. Once the pillow was full, I hand-stitched the hole closed.

Super easy and quick to make.


Merry Christmas!

My projects are about to be taken to a whole new level after today. After years of dreaming, I finally own a working sewing machine! I have been given old machines, and though I love the sentimental value, they just haven’t worked. So to get one that is brand new… well, I’m loving it!

And if that gift wasn’t good enough, the best present was the free tutorial given freely by my wonderful grandmother.

Oh, and can we talk about my first white Christmas EVER! The backyard is a blanket of snow, so basically, I probably won’t be getting any projects started tomorrow. I’m thinking snow day!