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Bunting Pillow and Sampler Giveaway!!

I am not a very experienced sewist, but when I saw this Bunting Pillow Cover on CraftZine.com by Cicada Daydream, I NEEDED to make one out of a Bold Sampler. It was just too cute to resist.

I was slightly intimidated by the pattern, so I enlisted the help of my friend Jenny. Together we cut 12 little flags and pressed each one. The pattern had 15 flags, but I was using a smaller pillow from Ikea as a pillow form, so I could only fit 12. I pinned everything in place, and then we started sewing it up. We were sewing at her place, and this was my first lesson in the importance of a quality sewing machine. I've been sewing on a hand-me-down machine with pretty unsatisfying results. My bobbins are always lopsided, my tension is uneven, the thread catches in weird places...I thought I just didn't know how to sew! But with Jenny's machine my stitches were even and I could go at my own pace. I loved it!!! Just for fun, we even stitched up one side using her serger. Sergers are magical, I had no idea!!

I love my finished pillow. I love all the colors in the Bold Sampler. And now I love sewing! I am one happy camper.

As part of our ‘Summer of Samplers’ one lucky commenter will win the Bold Sampler featured in this post. Simply leave a comment by 8/3/10, and I will draw the name of one lucky winner using a random number generator. Good luck!!

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Comment by Kate Lindberg on July 30, 2010 at 1:09pm
What a nice pillow - I would love to make one.
Comment by Clara Chandler on July 29, 2010 at 8:31pm
Great looking pillow! Sounds like you had a good time--sewing with a friend is always a pleasant time for me. I'm lucky to have a new neighbor across the street and she is a quilter!!
Comment by Wanda VonEhr on July 29, 2010 at 4:29pm
Loved your pillow...you could make many variations, also with different background color!! Think I will try it myself. Am a quilter and sewer for many years....love it!!!
Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on July 29, 2010 at 4:27pm
Great pillow. I can see lots of these in dorm rooms this fall.
Comment by Shirley Dunn on July 29, 2010 at 3:22pm
Adorable pillow and great fabric collection!
Comment by Carol Swan on July 29, 2010 at 10:56am
How charming. It is very colorful and will go with just about anything.
Comment by cellogirl on July 29, 2010 at 10:55am
Great project--so glad that you experienced a good sewing machine--the great ones make all of the difference--to you and your projects!!
Comment by Patricia McDaniel on July 29, 2010 at 9:20am
very nice, i love it.
Comment by Rosemary Ritchotte on July 29, 2010 at 9:02am
Pillows make great last minute gifts!
Comment by Teresa Casanova on July 29, 2010 at 8:25am
Okay, that's just too cute! Now I need to make one (or two). Maybe a red, white and blue one! Thanks for the tips!

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