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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 Janice McLaren on July 27, 2010 at 4:45pm
Cute, cute fabrics! Now that you have sewn on a quality sewing machine you'll want one too.
Comment by Gayle/La. on July 27, 2010 at 4:43pm
Oh Angela it is too cute! Like Pam said, this would be perfect for a lake/river side cottage.
Comment by Angela on July 27, 2010 at 4:38pm
They're appliqued. The pattern was clever, you cut a triangle, pressed the 2 sides, and then tucked the top of each flag into a strip of pre-made binding, so it ended up looking very finished.
Comment by Shannon, ON on July 27, 2010 at 4:06pm
I like it alot. Are the flags paper pieced? appliqued?
Comment by Pam/NY on July 27, 2010 at 3:55pm
I love the flags...it would be perfect for the lake house! Will have to make one! Thanks for sharing...

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