Project 1: Lessons Learned

January 7, 2011

So what did I learn this week?

– Procrastination is not my friend. There were many times this week when I might have preferred to stay on the couch but, because I had a blog post to write, I instead got up and accomplished things. I imagine this is going to be a constant battle in the coming year.

– Things, once made, do not always have to stay as they are. They are not shrines to the past.

– Sewing machines are awesome. You can take the two wonkiest pieces of fabric and sew them together and the sewing machine makes you look like you know what you’re doing.

– Having said that, I should really work on my cutting skills.

And, as promised, here is a before and after of my couch:

couch pillows before

Couch pillows before

couch pillows after

Couch pillows after

These are really more like before and during photos. A couple of the pillows you see still need hand stitching to close the bottoms, and the green one needs some holes patched. I’m going to add more fiberfill to the red pillow at my husband’s request and maybe monogram it. I also haven’t yet made the cover for the zebra pillow because the big grey sweater shrank more than I expected. (I just turned it around for this picture. Is that cheating?)

It occurs to me that these sweater covers won’t be very practical in the summer, so maybe I’ll revisit the pillow cover thing later in the year and change it up for the warm months. For now, though, I love them. They’re much more my style than the mish-mash of bachelor pillows in the before picture. Plus, I got to dig an old skeleton out of the closet and give it new life. I’m pleased with it… for now.

The sewing machine stays out for next week’s project. Stay tuned!

One comment

  1. Very creative! Great work!

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