I received another order from D1 (and her roommate :) ) for a couple of pillows for their dorm room based on these from Opulence of Southern Pines:
Before you attach the ruffles, remember to re-adjust your tension and stitch length back to normal. Attaching the ruffles took me almost as long as drawing the placement lines, but I’m pretty slow and methodical at the sewing machine.
I made a regular envelope closure for the back. There are tutorials all over the internet if you don’t know how to make one. And here’s the pillow before I dyed it. Yes, I dyed it this time AFTER constructing it. After running out of thread on my first dyed project, I decided to dye afterwards, and then I don’t have to worry about finding the right color of thread. Right? I just used white! Duh!
Isn’t it pretty? I just love all that ruffly goodness. Next, I put it (the pillow cover, not the pillow form!) in a sink of hot water with a little salt added (that helps the color to stay) and a little bit of Rit Aqua dye, the same dye I used for D1’s quilt. A few minutes of swirling it around, then rinsing it out several times, popping it into the dryer for a bit, and here she is (the blue one) in her new home atop D1’s roomie’s bed:
It’s not a great picture, I know, but you get the idea. I am sooooo sold on Rit Dye. And ruffles. If I were making this again, I would probably space the ruffles a little closer together. Maybe 3/4″ instead of 1″, just to make it a little more full looking. The spaces between don’t show as much until you dye it and put it in the dryer. Then the ruffles don’t lay as flat anymore and the spacing becomes more apparent.
I spent about $7 on the pillow form (a package of two on sale for $14 at JoAnn’s), and another $6 or so for 2 yards of white cotton muslin. I already had the other supplies (thread and Rit dye) so it cost me about $13 for this pillow, versus $215 for the ready-made version. :) I can live with that!
Thanks for reading!