Pattern review: Jelly Roll floor pillows

Pattern: Jelly Roll floor pillow, from the Moda Bakeshop

Fabric: Amy Butler Jelly Roll from her Cameo collection, plus a few extras and 2 yards of backing fabric

Other: 5 pounds of stuffing, large cording for the piping, covered button kit

Notes:

I wanted to make a cat bed for my kitties that they could share, and at 44″ across this is plenty big enough for two (at least when Leon, the maine coon above, doesn’t decide to make himself enormous!)  The pattern calls for 1 jelly roll, but be aware that non Moda rolls are sometimes smaller – I needed to buy a few extra 1/4 yard pieces to make mine large en0ugh.

The pillow wasn’t hard to sew, but it as a little boring.  I recommend doing as the pattern says and cutting each piece after it is sew onto the whole – otherwise it’s hard to keep the ends from shredding.  If you do make this, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the pattern, where she mentions trimming it up every 10 strips or so.  This is very necessary – otherwise you will have a hole in the middle!  I thought it would look odd, but you cannot tell.

I bought shredded foam fill from Amazon to stuff the pillow.  It’s sort of bits and pieces of various foams.  It arrives vacuum sealed, but if you open it up it will double in size very quickly.  I used nearly 5 pounds of the stuff (I had to order twice, but I’d recommend just ordering the large size if you don’t have Amazon Prime shipping.)  It’s extremely messy to use – do it outside!  The resulting pillow is very soft and bouncy, perhaps a tad lumpy (it is made of chunks of foam after all) but in my experience cats do not care a bit about softness, and can in fact generally be found sleeping on the most uncomfortable things (Leon likes to sleep on top of pairs of shoes for some reason, high heels and all).

They have since managed to remove the button twice, so I gave up – they don’t get one!  They spend a lot of time now cuddling on the pillow – it’s so sweet, and it will give them somewhere warm to lay this winter (it’s already getting cold here!)  I definitely recommend the pattern, just be aware that it is rather a lot of repetition!

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Planning plans

I’ve finally finished my massive closet cleanout (3 bags of clothes and 2 of shoes have gone to the Nearly New Shop, my most favorite thrift store that’s located in a former roller skating rink).  This has revealed the holes in my closet (as I hoped!)  Here is what I’m currently trying to plan:

1. Tops – Once again I find myself short on tops, especially blouses.  I typically avoid sewing with blouse fabrics, but I think it’s time to conquer that fear!  I’m beginning with Butterick 5785 in silk shantung:

I took your advice (from ages ago) and prewashed my fabric in the machine on hand wash.  I hung the fabric to dry, and other than being wrinkled it still looks great!  I’m really paranoid about silks in the wash, but I think it’s best to treat them this way – otherwise I never wear them!  I love this blouse because of the longer shape and belt.  I’ve ordered some other blouse fabrics, so I hope to have more to make soon.

2. Winter coats – I have a ton of short coats, but all my dress coats have given up the ghost.  I’ve decided to join Gertie’s coat sew-a-long:

Is anyone else going to be sewing along with me?  I’m not much of a joiner, but I think this is the only way I’ll be motivated.  I’ve never sewn a coat!  I plan to shorten the pattern by several inches, making it shorter than knee length.   I’m planning to use a wool suiting (because a heavy coating would be crazy with a circle skirt!) but I haven’t bought my fabric yet.  I think I want a red/wine color, but I haven’t found the perfect one just yet.  I may be late getting started, but I can at least try to get my muslin sewn this week!

3. Black performance clothes

know, I know, I say this every year.   But I really and truly could use some good black outfits.  I hate sewing with black, but I can’t depend on running across dresses I actually like.  I’m planning (at this point) to try Vogue 8827, a new pattern for fall.  I’m going to use a rayon crepe.

I’m also planning a few other items – I want to experiment with sheath dresses, and I have a few tunics to make.  I can’t plan those yet – I have yet to get fabric!

Meanwhile, my house project continues.  I’ve finished the living room and hallway, and now it’s time for the bathroom.  At this point I’m planning to replace the floor and add beadboard to the walls.  And paint, of course (I’m thinking icy mint!)  There aren’t any sewing projects in that room (umm… please don’t let me get crazy enough to try to make my own rugs!) but I’m working on two small quilts/wall hangings.  The first (which I’ve already started) is this:

This is the Frosted quilt by Frivilous Necessity.  I bought a layer cake (set of 10″ squares) from Sewn in Cincinnati, and happened to pick up this exact print (Blizten, designed by BasicGrey for Moda).  I like that it’s Christmassy without being kitsch.  In real life the colors are more icy.  I’m leaving off the border – I think quilts look nicer without.  This will be my first time trying applique – the pattern used the fusible web method.  Wish me luck!

I’m also making this hanging, for my living room:

This quilt, Centered, is from the book We love Color.  This book contains only solid colored quilts.  I bought it for my Ipad – my first book purchase, and let me tell you how convenient it is!  I ordered the fabrics called for (all Kona cotton solids) and hope to work on it after finishing the Christmas quilt.  I think it looks like a warp field or something

Until next time!