Indah Hand Dyed Pillows by EMILY ALDER
Sometimes I think I should have renamed this blog ‘things I did before twins”.
You know, the age-old I can’t remember what life was like before kids. Well this would be more along the lines of look at all the things I did before twins. And now I am trying to do them again.
With the twins are approaching their fourth birthday, I’ve been able to set a schedule and slowly get back to work on some of my hobbies. I am in the process of restoring one of my grandmother’s antique claw foot chairs and wanted to order some fabric samples. While perusing the web, I fell in love with this Hand Dyed Indah Batik X’s fabric.
This fabric along with the amazing new line from Justina Blakeney are just gorgeous and I got seriously excited to get my hands on all of it. I was gifted a Singer sewing machine a couple of years back and have planned to break it out and make some handmade holiday gifts. So with a dust off I pulled it out and tried to get back in my groove.
Once the fabric came I knew immediately I wanted to make a couple of pillows for our bed with it. I’ve been on the all white and linen with some indigo stage for a while now and even though I’m not breaking with color, this was definitely something I was excited to add.
Finding my rhythm with the sewing machine, pinning, and cutting fabric was COMICAL. I was all over the place and made a complete mess. I swear the kids were laughing at me like I was losing it. I had some serious bobbin issues, but with some patience and re-threading, I was able to get it together.
A standard pillow case is really one of the most basic patterns and was the perfect way to reintroduce myself. Here is a simple tutorial you can use.
The few additions I would recommend is taking advantage of are folding the raw edges and edge-stitching and at each beginning and end doing a small back-stitch.