Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Big Red Pants

I don't sew.

I tried once. And no matter how proud of those pillow I am (very proud), I still make sure that the zippered side of the pillows are facing the side of the room you don't see when you first walk in.

But then John & Sherry posted about their curtains that involved no sewing, and I almost peed my pants. After getting past the shock, I went to the fabric store and picked up a roll of Super Weight Stitch Witchery. This stuff is magical. Maybe I'm the only one who hadn't heard of the magical "fusible bonding web"? I think so. Either way, I've been scheming over my next thing to sew without sewing since then.

Just recently, I started seeing these pillows all over the place, and just had to have one in our bedroom.


However, it was this DIY Pillow from Bromeliad Living that won me over. Isn't it gorgeous?

She made that with a thrifted skirt.
So off to the thrift store I went, to find the perfect red skirt. I couldn't find a skirt, so instead I brought home a dress and a pair of pants. Sexy pants. Very. Sexy. Pants.

Don't lie. You know you want the pants.

So I got busy trying to follow her instructions with the pants. And realized she said you needed a skirt for a reason. Because a short dress and pair of pants (no matter how big the bum is) isn't big enough. So I had to improvise. I played around with the fabric for a while and eventually pulled out some other fabric I had, until I came up with this flower-ish thing on some blue fabric.

What do you think? I'm in love. And there was only a very small amount of sewing required. (Probably not as much as is needed..)

I ended up cutting out a few squares. There was probably 7-10 squares about 3-4inches each. They weren't all even. That's not how I roll.

I bunched them all together in 2 different sets (at the time held together with pins) until I liked how they looked. And here came the sewing. Much to my dismay, the bunch was too thick for my $10 Walmart hand sewing-thinger, so I had to do it by hand. To do that I needed a needle.

Think I was exaggerating when I said I don't sew? Think again. I didn't have one sewing needle in our casa. I only had the needles that came with my hand sewing thinga-ma-bobber and they had a head (is that what it's called?). I looked high and low and couldn't find a single one. Until I remembered the sewing kit I took from a hotel that one time. I took it, amused that the hotel had a "mending kit", not because I actually thought I would use it.

Then I sewed the fabric together on the bunched ends. I can't really explain how I did it, because I just kind did until I could hold it without it falling apart.

Then I sewed it to the pillow fabric. Just a few stitches every 3 or 4 bunches and then a few stitches in the center. And somehow.. magically.. it stayed on!

I cut out the fabric for the pillow. Two pieces for the sides, then I cut one of the pieces in 2 for the opening on the back (no zippers!). Then threw a damp rag on top and ironed away.

Project Numero Uno checked off my Bedroom list! :)


Linking to these parties:

Time to Shine @ A Diamond in the Stuff
Anything Related @ All Things Related
Table Top Tuesday @ A Stroll Through Life
Make it yours @ My Backyard Eden
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays @ Coastal Charm
Tutorial Tuesday @ Hope Studios
Twice Owned @ House of Grace
Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings
Tuesday Tell All @ My Craftie Life
Show me what you got @ Not Just a Housewife
Tutorials & Tips @ The Stories of A to Z
Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie
Anything Goes @ Type A Decorating
Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tuesday Talent @ Vintage Wannabee
Show & Tell @ Blue Cricket Design
Wow us @ Savvy Southern Style
National Take a Risk Day @ The Nesting Place

Sunday Showcase @ Under the Table and Dreaming 
Weekend Wrapup @ Tatertots & Jello
Saturday Night Special @ Funky Junk Interiors


  1. Very cute! I have not tried making any pillows yet but it always seems to be on my list of "someday" crafts!

  2. I think you did an amazing job. especially given those adorable pants!!

    thanks so much for linking up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings www.ladybug-blessings.com

  3. very cute, love the pillow and the pop of red. i'm your newest follower! great blog. thanks for sharing this at my party.

  4. Very Cute! And you crack me up! I have two bags of fabric sitting in my living room just waiting for me to turn them into pillows and it scares me! Maybe I'll tackle it this afternoon now that you have inspired me! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog and I hope you get to come back and visit again soon!

  5. That is cute! I was just at the fabric store yesterday and now I want to buy some of that stuff!!

  6. I just took out my sewing machine after 6 years to attempt to fix my son's "favorite blanket" it was like a sit com show watching me try to remember! Ah!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I just clicked to follow you! Follow back if you want! Glad you liked the map idea :-)

  7. This is a brilliant post! I'm your new follower. And do you know the funny thing about it? I thought you were talking about red underpants!! I'm English and pants, to me, means underwear, not trousers.

    So, um, yeah, nice knicker-cushion!!!!


  8. So creative! I love the bright red against the lighter fabric. You did a fabulous job! Would love for you to join my linky party.


  9. I love those pants! HA! Still I love how the flower turned out! Thanks for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.



  10. That turned out great and I don't sew either. Thanks for sharing at WUW.

  11. Hey, you did make a pillow. How cool.


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