Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Started my Pillow Project!

Well I removed all of the fabric from the bedskirt and removed all of the sewn in hems.  What a job, but it is finished.  I had thread all over me and all over house from this little project.  Then I ironed all of the pieces and sewed them together.

The next step, I decided that I wanted this ruffle to be able to stand up and have a little body to it.  I didn't want it to flop around after I have it sewn to the pillow sham.  My first idea was to add a layer of nylon netting, but after looking at the actual bed skirt that I removed the material from, I thought I could cut this to size and use this inside of the ruffle to stiffen it up.  I then cut the actual left over bed skirt to the size of my material.

If you look closely at the picture you can see that I pressed the bed skirt layer in half to mark the center point.  Next, I folded the material in half and pinned it together and pressed it.  I took it to the sewing machine and sewed a straight stitch along the folded edge about a presser foot width.  The reason I did this was for washing purposes.  I knew with that extra layer of stiffener inside the ruffle when it would be washed it would slide down and be a mess.  This will hold it in position and solve that problem.  This is an unusual material.  It is more like a nylon and kind of slippery to work with.

I then took it to my serger and as you can see in the picture, I taped a piece of 1/4 inch hard poster board to my serger as a guide.  This way as I serge my ruffle on the edge everything will come out evenly and I won't have to try and trim it before I serge.  I throw the long ruffle over my shoulder as I sew and this helps me to keep the weight and pulling off of my material and also helps me keep it lined up with my edge for serging.  This ruffle ended up being about 7 yards long.

Now this is finished and ready to be ruffled and added to the pillow.  I have another one of these to make because my daughter has two girls and they have bunk beds.  I will make my second ruffle to this point and then get back with more pictures to finish this project.  If anyone has any questions, just leave me a comment!  

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