Friday, July 20, 2012

{Sewlebrity Crush} Huggie Pillow Knock Off from Kojo Designs

  I am sew excited to introduce my Sewlebrity Crush...  
Kirstin from Kojo Designs!

In my eyes, she is a "Sewlebrity," and here's why I've got a "Crush" on her!
Oh, how I adore this blog and these girls!!! I feel so lucky to know the lovely Kirstin. When I met her a few months ago, I was immediately drawn to her because of her graciousness, intelligence, and wit. She's the type of person that everyone wants to be around because she is so positive and encouraging, and loving! Not to mention, talented and soooo creative with her sewing skills! This girl is a major go-getter, and I admire her hard work and precision. It's no surprise she was one of the big winners in my intense sewing competition, Sew-vivor, earlier this year!
Today, she is showing us how she made this sweet, darling pillow for her daughter's nursery.


But first, here are a few reasons why I have "fallen in love" with her blog. 
The Oasis Dress

Kirstin, thanks for being my Sewlebrity Crush. You rock!
{To see the amazing line up of my other crushes, go here}.
Now here she is, with her fabulous tutorial!
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 Hi Family Ever After friends! I'm Kirstin, half of the sister team that blogs at kojodesigns, and I'm so glad to be here today.

We love Rach. Like wish-we-could-live-next-door-and-be-BFFs-with-her-and-her-sweet-family love her. In the meantime, we'll settle for guesting in fabulous series like this one (and hanging out with her at blog conferences when we get the chance). As a quick sidenote, anyone who still has to watch YouTube videos for help with sewing techniques shouldn't be considered "Sew-lebrities," but we're flattered to be here.
  

Awhile back, I saw this oh so cute Hold Me Tight pillow at Land of Nod. Determined that it'd look great in my daughter's nursery, I set out to make something similar. Want to make one too?


Cut out two rectangles, about throw pillow sized (is it terrible that I didn't even measure, just eyeballed approximately how big I wanted them to be and cut?). Also cut out two smaller rectangles from a graphic fabric (mine were about 5" wide and 10" tall). Embellish the main pieces as desired. I embroidered "piper" on the patterned side and a little face on the pink linen side.

Pin the smaller rectangles in half, right sides facing in and stitch along the unfinished edge, making two tubes. Pinking shear the edges and turn right side in (these are your huggie's 'arms').

Stuff the tube with polyfil and pin the unfinished open edge along the right side of one of the main pieces. I pinned mine at an angle so that the 'arms' would sit right and not stick out at a ninety degree angle. Do the same with the bottom open tube edge. Repeat with the 'arm' piece on the other side.

Pin the two main pieces together, right sides facing in, with the stuffed arm pieces sandwiched in between. Sew up the side edges, catching the tube ends in the line of stitching.

Continue stitching around the rest of the pillow, leaving a 4" opening along the bottom edge.

Turn right side in, pulling the pillow and the 'arms' through the 4" opening. Stitch closed.

DONE! The perfect huggie for your baby girl's girlygirly chair (here's the tutorial for reupholstering a vintage chair). Thanks for having us Rach! Though we certainly wouldn't considers ourselves "Sewlebrities," we adore you and are loving this series. New friends- come on by kojodesigns anytime!

Sewlebrity Crush is sponsored by the wonderful Fat Quarter Shop. 
Stay tuned for a big giveaway on August 1!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This would be an awesome gift for a sick child in the hospital..beautiful Eileen

kirstin @ kojodesigns said...

Rach, thanks for having us. Blushing after that little intro.
Sure do love you! :)

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