Sew Home - Corded Throw Pillow & a Giveaway!

Posted on September 23, 2016 by Cristy Fincher | 40 comments


Hello! Welcome to my stop on the Sew Home Blog Hop. My dear friend, Erin Schlosser has just released her first book, Sew Home, with C&T Publishing. It's packed full of fantastic, versatile, and skill building projects for every room of your home, including:
  • Window Treatments
  • Bathrooms (bathmat, shower curtain, hand towels)
  • Kitchen (tablecloth, table runner, napkins)
  • Storage and Organization
  • Indoor Decor
  • Outdoor Sewing
When Erin asked me to be a part of her blog hop and book release, I was thrilled (be sure to read to the end, for a chance to win a copy of Erin's new book!). The majority of my sewing time is spent making clothes for my daughters and quilts. I've only dipped my toes in the waters of home dec. Erin's book inspired me to dive right in, and I found myself wanting to make many of her projects. I settled on the Corded Throw Pillow (upper left in the image above) because I wanted to give cording a try, and install a zipper in a new way.
 
Cording is not something that I have much experience with, but Erin's simple instructions made it virtually pain-free. She shares a great trick for cutting the fabric at just the right measurement to wrap around the cording, no matter what size cording you use. I must say, it worked like a charm! 
 For my pillow, I used linen with a large scale print. Linen can been thin, and fray a bit when cutting and sewing. In the book, Erin suggests using a fusible interfacing for thinner fabrics. I used her suggestion, and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. I really appreciate that Erin recognized that not everyone will want to use or have access to home dec fabrics. Being able to use what I had in my stash made me love Erin's book even more. You're going to love it too!

I've known Erin for a few years, and got her hooked on glue basting long ago. When Erin was writing her book, she reached out to me and asked it would be okay with me to use our Micro Fine Glue Tips as a resource in her book. I said, "Absolutely!" Erin references glue basting as a tool for helping to make many of her projects, including the Corded Throw Pillow. The Corded Throw Pillow is made with a standard zipper. There are many, many ways to install a zipper. Erin shares a simple method and it's made even easier by glue basting the zipper to the pillow backing before you sew. I use Liquid Stitch (a permanent fabric glue - it's thick and will adhere the zipper to the backing easily) and the Micro Fine Glue Tips for glue basting zippers. I simply apply the glue, and heat set with a hot, dry iron, then sew. There's no shifting or puckering, and the zipper lays nice and flat.

My own couch may need a few pillow friends to go with my lovely new pillow, and maybe some new placemats or a table runner. 
Erin and C&T Publishing are generously giving away a copy of her book to one of my readers! To enter, leave a comment letting me know one thing that you'd like to make for your home - napkins, a shower curtain, storage containers, pillows, cushions for a patio set, a personalized clock, or something else altogether? The giveaway will run until the end of the blog hop, on Sept. 29th.
 
For more project inspiration, be sure to stop by the the other blogs on the blog hop tour:
Wednesday, September 21 - Sew 4 Home & Jen Carlton Bailly
Monday, September 26 - Windham Fabrics & Rebecca at Bryan House Quilts
Wednesday, September 28 - Dear Stella Fabrics & Mandy at Mandalei Quilts
ThursdaySeptember 29 - Erin at Schlosser Designs

Posted in Blog Hopping, Book Review, Giveaway, Glue Basting, Tips & Tricks


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25 Responses

Mara
Mara

September 30, 2016

Could use some more storage container’s.

Cindy
Cindy

September 29, 2016

Love that clock, but I really need to make a valance or some kind of curtains. Might even try to tackle that Roman shade. Thanks!

Tina W
Tina W

September 29, 2016

I’d like to make some pillows – maybe in animal shapes.

Colleen
Colleen

September 28, 2016

I will be moving to a new home and will need new pillows and cushions. I plan to use my new glue basting supplies.

Keri Lyn
Keri Lyn

September 28, 2016

I need to make patio cushions, but I’m drawn to the pillow ideas you shared.

Peggy
Peggy

September 28, 2016

I’d like to make some more curtains, the pleated valance looks fun. And some storage containers…and a clock.

Veronica
Veronica

September 28, 2016

I’d like to make a table runner and some place mats.

Mary Baker
Mary Baker

September 28, 2016

What a neat book. Hope it is my lucky day!

usairdoll
usairdoll

September 27, 2016

Your pillow is beautiful! I’d love to give cording a try as well. I’d also like to learn how to make a Roman shade for my room.

Thanks for a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Lisa McIsaac
Lisa McIsaac

September 27, 2016

I would love to make a table runner to protect an antique sideboard.

Beth T.
Beth T.

September 27, 2016

I need to make some cafe curtains for our kitchen.

carolyn montgomery
carolyn montgomery

September 27, 2016

i would like to make placemats and some corded pillows.

Danette Stankovich
Danette Stankovich

September 26, 2016

I need to sew new kitchen curtains. Mine have been there since the dawn of the age. Thank you.

Diane M
Diane M

September 26, 2016

I really like your pillow! I would like to make some napkins and placemats. Thanks!

Donna Joy
Donna Joy

September 26, 2016

I need cushions for my front door bench. Ohh I am excited about trying to use glue to install zippers,

Christine
Christine

September 26, 2016

I would take a shot at making cushions for my sofa if I had easy-to-follow instructions for cording. Thanks for the chance to win.

Karen Williams
Karen Williams

September 25, 2016

I’d love some ideas for unique items for babies/ children. I have new twin great-grand-daughters, now just 4 months old! I’ve already got Xmas stockings planned, based on the ones I made for all the grandchildren & using scrap fabric from dresses made for their Mom. Thanks for asking what we’d like to see & for the giveaway.

Linda Lopeman
Linda Lopeman

September 25, 2016

Oh my gosh! I was thinking what my mom could have created in her generation at her Singer with glue basting esp teaching us how to sew in a zipper on one attempt without a seam ripper!! Also needing to create curtains for my granddaughter’s room. Storage bins too.

Allison CB
Allison CB

September 25, 2016

I really need some new pillows in the living room! I have difficulty with using cording too!!!

Margaret Surber
Margaret Surber

September 25, 2016

I would like to make hand towels and some placemats.

Tamie
Tamie

September 24, 2016

I’d love to try some new storage containers.

Kristy
Kristy

September 24, 2016

I would to make the same beautiful pillow you just made!

MoeWest
MoeWest

September 24, 2016

I love making table runners for each season and holiday.

Bette Dolaher
Bette Dolaher

September 24, 2016

That pillow is calling my name. Might just have to try it out.

Gloria Cotten
Gloria Cotten

September 24, 2016

I need to make a new queen sized quilt for my bed but have been putting it off for awhile because of the size. I would also like to make some placemats and napkins. Thanks for the giveaway!

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