I was so excited for cooler weather that I started scanning Pinterest for fall decorating ideas in September. When it was still in the upper 80’s around here. Like way hot.
In fact, I got to it and bought pumpkins at the state farmers market and started decorating inside the house. I knew it was a bad idea to put them outside, but I figured they’d be good for a while inside.
Well, as of this week I am down to just a handful of pumpkins as they have all started to rot. I am sure I was supposed to do something like wax them or whatever, but really, I’m not worried. It just means an excuse to decorate again.
Anyway, in the midst of my prowling on Pinterest, I found a cute tutorial about making an eyeball quilt block from Happy Sew Lucky. You can click here to see the tutorial and the inspiration for my Always Watching pillows.
When I saw the blocks and tutorials I started to wonder if I could do something similar using the Creative Grids Log Cabin and Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tools. I didn’t want a whole quilt, but I thought it would be kind of fun to have a few sets of eyes looking at you from the couch when you came in the front door. Or greeting you at bedtime.
I cut strips from black and white fabrics, and for this particular pillow I used the 6″ Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool and followed the instructions for strip size and for cutting the center block, or the pupils.
Usually when making Log Cabin blocks I make sure that as I add strips I rotate the blocks in the same direction, but in this case I wanted the eyes to be a mirror image of each other, so I rotated one clockwise and the other clockwise. Following the directions on the tool, I trimed to Round 1.
Continuing on to Round 2, I added black, as I wanted my eyes to be very simple- just an eyeball with a pupil. I’m thinking I might do it again and add an iris, but that may be a project for another day.
I like crazy eyes, so I just turned them around a bit and added just enough black all the way around to make a 12 1/2″ pillow cover. I played with the idea a little more and made some not-so-scary eyes, which were also fun.
Again, the goal was to keep it pretty simple, so I layered the block with a piece of batting and just quilted around the pupil and the inside of the eyeball. I then threaded my loose threads to the back and tied them off.
I wanted to make these as pillow covers because I like the idea of being able to change out the pillows around the house, but don’t like the idea of storing actual pillows that aren’t in use. Aint nobody got space for dat.
I made my own pillow forms as I have plenty of materials around to do it. I just have to remember what size I am supposed to make the pillow covers. Hence a blog post.
I picked up this super cute Halloween fabric at Intown Quilters when I was in Atlanta recently. I didn’t want the back of my pillows to be boring, and this was perfect! I originally thought I wanted to do an inset zipper like you would do for a pocket in the lining of a bag, but in the end decided that it would be easier to get the cover on and off of the pillow if the zip went from edge to edge. I had already cut the fabric into 12 1/2″ when I decided to do this, so it wasn’t exactly right after the zipper was installed, but it was good enough. Next time I would cut the back to be 12 1/2″ wide and 13″ long for seam allowance in the zipper. I cut the back fabric straight across at 3 1/2″ down from the top in order to install the zipper. I used a 14″ nylon zipper that was easily sewn through and cut to fit. I then used 2″ binding to finish it off, sewing the binding to the back of the pillow cover by machine and to the front by hand. It took an afternoon to make all three pillows covers and the pillow forms, so I feel like I could knock out a few more pretty easily. I think I need at least two more, but I really think I will end up going for seven in the end. Maybe next year!