Friday, September 23, 2016

Sew Home - Corded Throw Pillow & a Giveaway!

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


  1. I want to make an appliqued table runner for thanksgiving

  2. Your pillow is beautiful! I need pillows as well as some new curtains for the living room.

    Thanks for a chance to win. Fingers crossed!


  3. Our kitchen renovation has been finished for 2 years and it is finally time for me to make a new window treatment for the eating area. This new book would give me some ideas!

  4. Love the fabric you chose for your pillow! Looks like a great book...I'd love to make some new place mats for our table. Thanks for the sweet giveaway!

  5. I REALLY need a new look in my bathroom and learning how to make a shower curtain and bath mat would sure help! Thank you so much for offering a chance to win a copy of Sew Home.

  6. I am in need of some new pillows for our new front porch that my husband remodeled. It is such a wonderful place to set and look out at the scenery.

  7. I need some pretty patchwork pillows for my new family room sofa.

  8. We are going away on holiday and have wonderful neighbours looking after our house. I would love to make them some nice pillows for their new living room chairs.

  9. I need curtains throughout the house and new pillows would be nice!

  10. This looks like a book I'll need to check out. When I first started learning about your glue basting I tried it on a zipper and was instantly hooked! Christy, by chance do you have a tutorial on how to glue base flying geese?

  11. I'm sure I could find a few more things I'd like to make for my home by looking through this book. As of now, I want to make a few new outdoor pillows for our deck and porch. I hope to get them done over the winter so they'll be ready come spring!

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