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




 

 

 

 

Newborn Scratch Mittens

Learn how to make adorably and extremely soft baby mittens, perfect for cold weather and to prevent scratching

Materials

Get the pattern here!

Minky Fabric – for the outer

Flannelette – for the lining

1/4″ – elastic

for 1 mitten cut out two pieces of each fabric, also 5″ of elastic

Place them against each other, right sides together. Normally i just wing things and dont use pins but minky tends to be  very slippery and shifts during the sewing process so i recommend a ton of pins.

This is a photo of a protype so disregard the fabric being different, once you have sewn around each glove leaving the cuff open turn the lining right side out and place that inside the outter piece like shown. If you have any difficulty understanding please check out my tutorial linked below!

Sew around the edge of the cut leaving a 1 inch Gap (which is used for turning)

This is how it will look when you turn it all right sides out with the 1″ hole visible

Place the lining inside the Minky fabric

Sew a 1/2″ hem around the cuff to create the casing for the elastic (the 1″ hole will now be used to insert the elastic)





put the elastic in using a safety pin and secure the two ends with your sewing machine. dont make it too tight as you dont want to cut off circulation on little baby

using a needle and thread do a blind stitch to sew up the 1″ hole and then your done!

So adorable and soft and perfect for my new niece who is ready to enter the world any day now <3!!

 

 

Quilted Box Make up bag Sewing tutorial

What you will need

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Zipper – Nylon zipper

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 fuse the fleece to the back of each main piece of fabric

 sewing straight lines down the bag with 1/4″ between seems until you have done the entire piece of fabric

Prepare the bag strap by iron the sides in by 1″, fold again and press, sew along each side of the strap with a 1/8″ seam allowance

 attach the one side of the bag to the zipper then top stitch

 attach the other side of the bag to the zipper

top stitch the other side of the bag

 folding the bag with lining side out sew along the edge parallel to the zipper

 flatten the bag with the seam going right down the centre lining up with the zipper underneath

cut a 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ square out of each corner of the bag and then sew up either side of the bag (be sure to pull the zipper down half way before sewing up the sides.

 flatten the notches with the side seam of the bag centered in the fold, on the top of the bag you will place the strap on the inside through the notches

 flip the bag right sides out once all the notches have been sew up:D

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