How to make a mermaid sequin throw pillow

In this tutorial i will show you how to make this very easy mermaid sequin pillow

Before i made this pillow i couldnt help but think this would be a difficult thing. Will it break my machine?, is it easy? do i need a special tool for the sequins?

Follow this tutorial and with a few tips and tricks you will have a beautiful mermaid in a matter of a half hour

The fabric i used in this tutorial is at Joann Fabrics, it is holographic silver on one side and pink iridescent on the other side, I just want to add that this is the second sequin fabric i came come across and i am very happy with the quality at joann fabrics, its very smooth and easy to draw into, you can tell the difference between a cheap sequin and a quality

Telio Flashdance Sequin Mermaid Gold/Silver Fabric

For this pillow i chose to get polyester fiber fill as oppose to a pillow form, with the fill it doesnt matter what size you make your pillow but with a pillow form you will need to make a pillow case essentially that fits onto the form.

For this tutorial my throw pillow is  18″ x 18″

if you use a 18″ pillow form you will need to make your pillow case 19.3″ x 19.3″

**Protip – when cutting your fabric it is easier to cut the sequin fabric if your use masking tape and then you can draw on it the path you want to cut, and then when you remove the tape it will collect all the loose sequins saving you a big mess on your floor! haha

I chose to use Minky dot fabric for the back of my pillow, place right sides together and pin the heck out of it as the two fabrics together will slip and slide when sewing

use a nice big needle and using a new one would be ideal so its nice and sharp and easily pierces the sequins, these are the biggest ones i had but you can easily use a all purpose 14 or 16 gage needle

Sew all four sides leaving a 4 to 5 inch gap, when sewing the sequins lay them down in the direction you are sewing and it will help make it smoother when going through your machine

Snip the corners before turning so you can create a nice sharp corner

Fill with polyester fiber fill until the desired firmness

use a needle and tread and do an invisible stitch to close up the hole




 

 

 

 

Super Cozy Zig Zag puff stitch Scarf

ZigZag Puff Stitch infinity Scarf

“I am in love with this scarf, it is so soft, puffy, comfy and cozy, you will love this scarf!”

 

1 Skein project

 I used the new Caron cake – http://go.magik.ly/ml/1vqf/

I used a 5.5mm hook

The pattern is in multiples of 3+2

Scarf

Chain 23

Row 1 – sc in each stitch, ch3 turn your work (23)

Row 2 – Skip 2 stitches, DC into the next stitch, ch2, puff stitch into the the first stitch in the row (the ch3), to puff stitch place hook through the stitch yarn over, pull through bring about 3/4″ of yarn, put your hook back through the same stitch yarn over pull through bring about 3/4″ of yarn, and again put your hook through the same stitch yarn over pull through bring about 3/4″ of yarn and then yarn over and pull through 6 loops, ch1 to secure the puff, * skip 2 stitches DC in the next, chain 2, puff stitch into the previous double crochet space, slip stitch to secure putt, * repeat till the end of the row, ending with a DC in the last stitch, Ch3 and yarn over.

I know this is a hard pattern to write, and maybe hard to read so i took the liberty of make a online tutorial so you can see exactly what you are doing, please  follow the link if you are having issues with the written pattern, thank you very much! 

Row 3 – (chain 3 counts as first DC), skip the first puff stitch and *dc into the next puff stitch space, chain 2, puff stitch into the first dc space, slip stitch to secure puff, *repeat till end of the row

Repeat row 3 until piece measures 60″ in length

sew the two ends together either with single crochets or with a darning needle and yarn (if you wish for it to be an infinity scarf

finish off the end if you wish to have a classic scarf with fringe!

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Quick multi Passport Holder

We are going to disney world!! yay!!!  and my number one fear of traveling is… loosing the passports! ugh…  i hate that tiny bit of anxiety that looms over you to make sure you put them somewhere safe at all times! always checking my bag to make sure it didnt some how slip out of the 2 secured zip pouches i placed them in… counting 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4

So my goal is to have one spot where i can fit 2 to 4 passports

cut 2 pieces 6 1/2″  x 9 1.4″ 1 outer fabric, 1 inner fabric

cut 2 pieces 6 1/2″ x 6 3/4″  Pocket pieces

For this project i used cotton and canvas, for the cotton pieces i would recommend using a medium weight stabilizer

Take the two pocket pieces and fold them in half

Top stitch down the folded edge

Place the pocket pieces on the lining fabric, make sure the sides are all lined up perfectly

Place the outer fabric on top with the right sides facing the pockets *Note the fusible stabilizer on the back of the cotton cut 1/2″ smaller

Sew around the perimeter leaving a 2″ gap at the centre of the bottom, slip the corners off being careful not to cut into the stitches

Flip the entire thing right sides out and press, top stitch all around the edges closing up the turn hole

And then your done! it turned out perfect and can easily fit 2 or 4 passports and in my case i just need 2 passports and 2 birth certificates for my little ones

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