Monday, 8 February 2016

Plug And Play PJ/Boxer Shorts


One of January's finishes is a pair of boxer shorts, well actually I've made this pair with a faux fly and the recipient will be using them as Summer PJ Shorts.


Here's the pattern I used - The Essential Boxer Shorts by Fishsticks.  It's the second time I've used the pattern, you can read my earlier pattern review and get fabric info here.


Fly and Label detail:

Back stitched down seam: 

Elasticated waistband:

The fabric is Plug and Play from Robert Kaufman.


Have you ever made boxer shorts and do you enjoy making them?  
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Friday, 5 February 2016

Mini Butterfly Pillow Cushion


Working through my UFO/WIPs for January and it seemed like time to finish this project I started back in December 2012!  Way back then I pattern tested an FPP butterfly 6" block for Juliet @The Tartankiwi and said I'd make it into a cushion to sell alongside a matching baby quilt in my soon-to-be Etsy shop.  The quilt was already made but the cushion and the Etsy shop have never materialised, until now!!!


Here's what I've finally done with that FPP Butterfly block.

First I trimmed it down so the distance from the bottom of the wing to the bottom edge of the block was the same as at the top of the block, this balance it better as you can see in the 3 pics below.


Next I added borders


and brought the block up to a 16" square.  Here's a link to my tute on how to sash a quilt block.


On to the back - I joined strips of fabric until I had more than enough to make a 16" square back then I added a zip using my hidden zipper tute and using the same tute joined the 2 blocks to make a cushion cover.  I trimmed the 4 empty corners to avoid those pesky 'bunny ears' using my brand new tute called not surprisingly 'Tute: No More Empty Corners (aka Bunny Ears)'!


The end result - a 16" Mini Butterfly Pillow Cushion




Simple 1/8" from the ditch quilting.


Hidden zipper detail - don't forget my tute so you can try this yourself.




I guess progress now would be to actually open my Etsy shop, maybe this will be the year I actually do it?!!!


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Tute: No More Empty Corners (aka Bunny Ears)


Bunny ears - you know those floppy bits when your pillow cushion insert just doesn't reach into the corners.  
Do you just live with them or do you grab some polyester fibre fill and stuff them to make them look full and plump?

I'm going to show you how to get rid of them altogether.  
Whether your pillow cushion covers are homemade or shop bought in the 10 minutes it'll take you to whip those covers off, turn them inside out, draw 8 x 5" lines, sew along and trim them those irritating empty corners will be forever gone and your home decor will be transformed.

Step 1:
Turn the pillow cushion cover inside out and lay flat - press if necessary.  Notice it's a perfect square.


Step 2:
From the sewn seam (not the fabric edge) make two marks at 1/2" and 4" (for a 10" to 14" pillow cushion) or at the 1/2" and 5" mark (for a 16" to 20" pillow cushion) - for smaller/larger covers adapt your markings accordingly noting that the 1/2" mark never changes.  Do this along both sides at each of 4 corners (see my red markings).


Step 3:
Draw a line from the 4"/5" mark to the 1/2" mark on the opposite edge of the same corner.


Do this twice at each corner so you now have 8 drawn lines.


Step 4:
Sew along each line, on the line.


Step 5:
Trim 1/4" outside the newly sewn line to remove excess fabric at each corner.


Repeat at all 4 corners.


You're all done - that's all there is to it!

See how the trimmed corner slopes down slightly on the left compared to the original corner on the right


but once you put the pillow cushion insert into the cover you can't tell the cover isn't a square at all.


From the back the trimmed corner is now on the right - which corner do you prefer, the bunny ear original or the trimmed version?


TIP:
I make a lot of pillow cushions so I actually have templates in mty favourite sizes that include the sloping corners and it saves me marking/sewing/trimming the corners each time.  If you cut your fabric to this shape before you start to sew you can still add piping to the pillow cushion or use outside binding to join the front and back sections.

And here's the same pillow cushion with all four corners trimmed.




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