Friday, March 23, 2012

Still Working on my Pilllow Project

I worked a little while yesterday on the pillows.  I used my ruffler foot to gather up the ruffles.  Now I am contemplating on how I am going to add the ruffles to the pillow sham.  Here are some pictures of the step I did yesterday.  I don't know if I will have time to work on this today or not.  I need to go to the grocery and do some running.  I would much rather be sewing!!!!!!

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!  

Monday, March 19, 2012

Crocheted Chickens Puzzle Solved!!

Well the puzzle on the little crocheted chickens has been solved.  They are egg cozys!!  Thank you everyone!!

Sheila Tindall wrote and said: Your husband is on the right track. They are egg cozys. a soft boiled egg was put into a egg cup and the chicken over it to keep the egg warm while it was taken to the table. My grandmother used them.
Also received a comment from wolferiver (

Heh. The word "cosy" came immediately to mind, so I did a search on "egg cosy", and looky at what I found: What Is An Egg Cosy
I guess you use them when you make a softboiled egg, to keep them warm for someone's meal.

Hmmm...we used to eat softboiled eggs all the time when I was a kid, but I haven't had one in ages.

I remember my mother having egg cups!  I will have to check and see if she still has those!!  Do you mom??

Sunday, March 18, 2012

What is this?? My grandmother made it and it was in my hope chest!!

I need your help!  I had these two chickens in my hope chest since I was probably 11 years old.  For those of you younger followers, a hope chest was something that was started when we were young by our mothers and grandmothers.  You kept a cedar chest or even a box of precious items given to you and then you  saved them until the day came that you got married.  I guess it was called a hope chest because they were hoping you would fall in love and get married.

I have these two chickens that was in my hope chest that are so cute, but I never really knew what they were for.  This is so weird, I was just typing this and my husband was reading what I was typing over my shoulder and he went to the refrigerator and took out an egg and put it in the chicken.  It fits!!  Is this what they are for??  I would of never thought of that.  Do you maybe put a hard boiled egg in them?? 

Here is the picture of what the chicken, or it could be a rooster, looks like!  Can you help me?