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Pillow sham and zipper tutorial

Gosh. I love my bedroom. It’s been through a few variations. Click here to see transformation.

A great artist knows when to quit. Too bad that’s not me.Still fussing.

I made new pillow shams to show off the pillows I made with the vintage mid-century fabric. I used the upholstery fabric from my chair. And added these cool squares I discovered from IKEA. (Side note: I bought a batch of 8×8 remnet squares for fun — perhaps a bunting banner —  and put them to use immediately.)

To add the zipper to the back. It’s quite easy and remember it’s on back, don’t stress!
Line up one side of the zipper to the edge of  the fabric. 

See my blue thread . Flip it over and fix the other side.

Turn over and press with iron.

Fix to the top half.

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Tee shirt hat

Here is the step by step directions to make the tee shirt hat. 

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Groovy 1970s Tote Bags

The one with the most fabric in the end wins. Nooooooo!!!!!!

I am determined not to have piles of fabric leftover when I leave for the big sewing room in the sky. That goes for notions too.groovey bag

I was digging in the studio and unearthed SIX sets of bamboo purse handles. I’m sure it was some sort of score from a clearance rack. So I dug into the fabric stash and found some groovy hand-me-downs from Mom. The one in the photo here was a chair upholstery project. We had a groovy house.

I used my favorite tote bag as my template, created my pattern and got down to business.

Click here to see them all, plus notes to make pattern.

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