My name is Heather from squeezing it all in.
I’m seriously squealing with delight right now to be here with you today!
Thanks so much, Stacy!
I want to welcome you into my world for a second before we get on with the tutorial business.
I don’t know about you, but I have so many responsibilities in life it’s hard to even keep track of them all, but one thing is for sure … I am constantly striving to squeeze it all in.
I find joy in searching for the “little things” in life and love to encourage and motivate my readers to do the same.
Here is the advice I’ve come to live by…
“Search for 5 ‘little things’ that you are grateful for today, something that makes you smile – even for a moment. Something little. Something that could easily be overlooked.
they are the moments that most easily pass us by.
They are hard to see because there are so many.
We have to choose to find them and when we do…
they bring more joy and more love to our hearts and our lives…
they can change us.
you can find her list HERE. It’s just as amazing as she is –
go on and read it … you won’t be sorry!
I would LOVE for you to join our search too!
Timing myself helps me to “squeeze it all in” more efficiently and I hope it helps my readers to do the same.
I have put together a special tutorial just for YOU today!
So let’s get excited!!!
We are going to make customizable His and Her pillows.
I’ve seen so many wonderful His and Her pillows floating around, but I have been looking for something that had a little more personality and perhaps a little humor.
Seriously … I LOVE all of these and would probably just mop up my drooling mess and buy them all if I could.
But I can’t.
So for now, I’m just going to let them inspire me to create this tutorial for you.
So, today we are going to take this:
You will need:
– approximately 1 1/2 yard plain material
(I used an ivory cotton blend)
– a material that you feel resembles your coloring and features
(I used felt and doll hair)
-rotary cutter (optional)
-thread of corresponding color
I’m not a fan of zippers on pillows so we are going to make a pillow with an envelope – type back.
I used 16×16 inch pillow forms so I cut 2 squares from the ivory fabric that measured 181/4 x 181/4 inches for the front of the pillow.
Then I cut 4 (2 for each pillow) that measured 181/4 x 12 inches.
These will create the envelope-type back.
Now that you have your basic shapes, take the back pieces and fold over 1/2 inch along one 18 1/4 inch side.
Then, iron it down like this:
Now, before we can put the pillow together, let’s work on customizing the front of our pillows.
I initially used this print out to create a stencil for a Father’s Day shirt you can see HERE.
You can easily do this with any picture of you and your Mr!
(you can see my folded mark in the middle)
and then sewed around all the edges.
Mine was more time consuming considering I have the curliest hair I’m sure you’ve ever laid eyes on.
Then, I sewed all the way around again on the outside of the square I just stitched 1/4 inch away.
(there’s my curly doll hair … makes for a pretty good likeness!)
Now we’re ready to put our pillow together!
Lay out the front of your customized pillow and assemble all pieces right sides together.
I placed one 18 1/4 x 11 (measurement after 1 inch seam is sewn) back piece on top of my front piece.
We should have a 2 inch overlap.
Then, clip your corners like this:
This will create the edging around the outside that I think really gives it a more elegant and complete look.
MAKE SURE you double check your measurements so you are absolutely positive your pillow will fit perfectly in there when you are finished!
If you followed all my measurements you should end up with an 3/4 inch seam around the edge.