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My Holiday Pillow

PillowHi, the days are getting closer to Christmas with only 5 days left, there is still some time to make a holiday gift. Here is a simple holiday gift that you can make in a couple of hours.

I’ve finally finished 3 of these pillows for Christmas gifts. The pillow form is 18″ x 18″. The pillow front and back is to 18 1/4″ x 18 1/4″. I used a 1/2 seam allowance for construction of the pillow and a 1/4″ seam allowance for the piecing of the front and back blocks.

Center Row

  • ho – 8 1/2″ x 9 3/4″
  • HO – 4 3/4 x 9 3/4″
  • H Ornament – 5 x 9 3/4″

Top Row (reverse the fabrics for the bottom row)

  • Fabric A – 4 3/4 x 9 3/4
  • Fabric B – 4 3/4 x 8 1/2″

Pillow Back.

  • Fabric 18 1/4″ x 18 1/4″ or alternately piece fabric to create that size block.
  1. Embroider designs in each section of the pillow.
  2. Sew the blocks together so that each row is 18 1/4″ long.
  3. Sew the rows together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  4. Trim Pillow front to 18 1/4″ x 18 1/4″.
  5. With right sides together (pillow front & back) and using a 1/2” seam allowance, the bottom of the pillow only.
  6. Lay the pillow flat with right side down so that the seam is in the center.
  7. Place a 14″ zipper on top of the seam allowance.
  8. Pin on one side. Using a zipper foot, sew the zipper in place. Sew down one side of the zipper, turn and sew across the bottom of the zipper, then up the other side and across the top of the zipper. Stitch across the top and bottom of the zipper again.
  9. Turn to the right side. Using a seam ripper, open the seam on top of the zipper.
  10. Move the zipper pull towards the center.
  11. With right sides together, sew the sides and top of the pillow together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
  12. Trim the corners and turn right side out.
  13. Insert the pillow form.

 Click here to download the Embroidery Designs used in this project. 

Sewing with my Daughter part 2

Today, my daughter finished up making her “Ugly Doll” that she named, “Alex”.   She had me help with sewing on his eyes, but other than that, she did it all herself! I’m so proud of her!!!

Way to go Mar!  I want one, too!

McCall's 5826


It's true love!

I’m teaching sewing classes all day tomorrow from my in-home studio so, it looks like I’ll be able to post Part 3 of the T-Shirt Quilt on Sunday afternoon or early Monday.

See you soon!

Let’s get sewing!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny


The “Kitchen Jenny” Tea Towel Apron with optional Ruffle

Oh yes!  MORE aprons!

I guess it’s time for me to admit that I am an apron-aholic.  Funny thing is, I don’t have a cute apron of my very own!  Every time I make a new apron, I end up gifting it to a friend or family member.

I created these for class samples a while back and have since gifted one to a dear friend and donated the other to a Project Prom fundraiser.  See below for the pdf link if you’d like to make these little lovelies:

These aprons are very quick and easy to make!

All you need to make one apron is:

  • one tea towel
  • one package of extra wide double fold bias tape
  • 1/4 yard of contrast fabric for bubble ruffle or 1 yard of pre-gathered eyelet trim
  • 1 spool of coordinating thread

Here is the Handy Dandy PDF Ruffled Tea Towel Apron Tutorial that I created for this project.  It includes the pattern template to cut out the curved under-arm area, too!

If you need a little extra help with knowing how to make the bubble ruffle or to sew on the bias tape, then please click these previous posts:

Bubble Ruffle Tips

Video Clip for Sewing on Bias Tapes – “Pillow Case Dress”


Let’s Get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny


We Love Nancy and Nancy Loves Us!

One of the bloggers that I follow is my sewing mentor from afar:  Nancy Zieman

The other day, I found out about a “Tablet Keeper Blog Tour” that she is doing during the month of January.  This is what I read:

“Twenty bloggers have been selected to participate in this fun and creative Blog Tour. Clover sent each blogger a Tablet Keeper template set, plus all the findings (shaperscreate-a-straphardware, stabilizer, etc.) For 20 days in January, a different guest blogger will showcase their Tablet Keeper creation. With the impressive lineup of bloggers, I know the creative options will be noteworthy!”

Day Dreaming Leads to Action

As I scrolled down the list of featured participants, I found myself wishing that I could someday have my name included in this list of Nancy’s go-to bloggers.  With a little encouragement from a friend, I decided to go ahead and write a short note to Nancy.

Dear Nancy:

I started the note by mentioning that I had met her back in April of 2011 at the Love of Sewing event that SewVac hosted.  No, I didn’t send her the photo!

Knowing that she’s a very busy person, I tried to keep it really short and get to the point.

In a nutshell, I let her know about my contributions to this blog and how I often feature clips from her video demos here….

And then I mentioned that I’d love to participate the next time she does a blog tour.  There!  I officially tossed my “hat into the ring”.

Yours Truly, Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Didn’t really think anything would ever come of it but….

Today I received an email from Deanna Springer, a member of Nancy’s amazing team of ladies that help her do what she does.

Nancy read my note!  She’s excited to hear about our blog and has invited me to participate in the blog tour that is happening right now!  After a short phone conversation with Deanna, all the details are set and our magical date is January 18th!  That is the day that I will be showcasing my efforts in making one of the sizes of the Tablet Keeper.  Yay!

My creative juices are already warming up.  I can’t wait to make this!

Wanna make one with me?  Nancy has a great online tutorial with instructions and details.

You should be able to get your supplies at Humble Sewing Center soon, or online via: Nancy’s Notions

Send me pictures of your projects so I can post them on the 18th!  We’re all in this together!  Contact Jenny

Need some inspiration?  Here’s a link to a free project sheet of some variations of Tablet Keepers

Let’s Get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Sewing Books Make Great Gifts, Too!

I have a sewing student and dear friend, Liz Taylor, who’s ventured into the wonderful world of quilting at a local sewing group.  She asked me about projects for fat quarters the other day, so I went looking…….found this terrific book and bought it!  (Merry Christmas Liz!!!)

Based on the books I found, most often, fat quarters are used in quilts.

But, this book isn’t just for quilts.  It has a mixture of quick little things like eye glasses case, wonderful bag patterns (which I LOVE!), some lovely quilts and more,more, MORE!  If a book has at least 3 or more projects in it that I think I’d actually take the time to make, I’ll usually go ahead and buy it.  This one has several.

Wanna see a picture of my sewing room bookcase?

The 2nd row is full of my kid’s school books.  (We homeschool.)  But the top row is a growing collection of fun sewing/crafting books that just got a little bigger today because, when I found the Fat Quarter book for Liz, I also found….

“One-Yard Wonders” for me!

The ladies who wrote this book know about my sewing room fabric closet.  They know about the fabric I have stashed beneath my cutting table.  And they know that I will often buy a yard of this or a yard of that not even really sure what I want to make from it, but I’ve just got to have it….

So, they stuffed this book full of fun projects to help me in my mission to BUST my fabric stash!  (So I can buy more fabric, so I can bust my stash, so I can buy more….) heh, heh, ummm…..  And, moving right along.

What’s UP with our Gift Give-Away?  We only need one more confirmed email follower of this blog to click this link:  Contest Link  and say whether they want the key fob or the koozie.  Where are you lucky winner #25?  We need you!

In the meantime, I’ve been busily embroidering and making all the other winner’s prizes and should have them ready very soon.  Soon, as in early next week.  No worries, I’ll announce it.  If you are already a winner, and you live way out in Timbucktu (real place in Africa by the way), you can email me your mailing address & I’ll ship it to you instead of having you come pick it up at HSC.  Click here to email your address to me:  Contact Jenny

Not sure if you won?  Click the contest link to find out.  The winner’s list is updated daily.

Well, Happy Friday everybody!

Let’s get sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego: StitchinJenny