How Does it Sew?! :: Gumdrop Pillow

Since I began sewing a few years ago, patterns scurrrrred me. It wasn’t until I began my job at the locally owned fabric store that I work at that I was able to get up enough courage to sew something from a pattern.
SO, this Summer I have deemed the Summer of sewing patterns!
And guess what? I have some fun giveaways (with designers!!), guest posts, and other cool stuff lined up all about sewing patterns!
At the end of the Summer, I want to have a sew along with you all & I’d love your suggestions for what we should sew together!

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Hi friend! Welcome to our second week of How Does it Sew?!
I hope you’re enjoying this series so far. I am having a lot of fun with it!

Today, I’m sewing Amy Butler’s Gumdrop Pillow.

I’ve been eyeing this pattern for a while now and since we just moved into a new house with a LOT more space than our teeny apartment, I figured now was a fabulous time to sew one.

Oh, boy do I wish I had made one sooner.

I love this thing! (and my husband does, too… maybe a little more than me even!)

I used the grey chevrons from the Riley Blake line of chevrons & I love the way they look!
(Oh, HEY.. you’re getting a little sneak peak into our new home! I’ll be doing a full tour once everything is situated. We’re still missing a lot of furniture!)
I seriously LOVED this pattern. I made the BIG 24″ one and am glad I went bigger rather than smaller. The pattern calls for 10 12oz bags of poly fill. Surprisingly enough, the pillow took every single last ounce… and I could have added more… WOW!
This pattern is simple & fun… perfect for the beginner seamstress, yet is suitable for a more advanced on as well.
I seriously loved the outcome.

the details:
fabric: Riley Blake’s Chevron
pattern: Amy Butler’s Gum Drop Pillow
prep-time: 1 hour
sewing time: 2 hours

I don’t have a giveaway for you or anything today, but I thought I would share a few of my tips on sewing with patterns.
1. Read. Read. Read. 
This is hard for me. I tend to skim over things and just get the general idea. With patterns, however, it is important to read all the way through.. maybe even a couple of times before you begin your project. Trust me it just makes things less complicated when you’re in the middle of your project!
2. Go slowly.
Slow down. Breathe. It isn’t a race. You want your final product to be beautiful, not sped through and sloppy. Take a break if you need one. Go SLOW and pay attention to what you’re doing. You’ll thank me later! ;)
3. Measure twice, cut once.
Fabric is expensive. I know because I own a lot of it ;)… before you barrel into cutting up your gorgeous designer fabric, make sure what you’re cutting is what you’re supposed to be cutting!
What are YOU going to sew this week?

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  1. So super cute!

  2. oh, i love it! most definitely going to have to purchase that pattern. i see our playroom/media room needing a couple of these, um, yesterday. yours turned out fabulously!

  3. Ok can I just hire you to make one FOR me? :)

  4. Totally adorable! & I’m loving the sneaky peek of your living room. ;) I may have to give that pattern a try sometime soon! Thanks for sharing your experience!

  5. that is so so SO cute!!!! I want one ;)!!!

  6. your place is already looking so cute- i’m so impressed with your speedy moving turn around! :)

  7. Love that fabric! And your husband looks too comfy on it. Such a fun choice. :)

  8. I love everything about that pillow/ottoman!!!! and since I don’t sew, I’m gonna take in the sun this weekend :)

  9. Awesome fabric, and I would need to make a few of these to avoid everyone fighting over them! Now following :)

    Hugs, Tanya

  10. Oh my goodness. You did a fantastic job on that. Amazing, really. I will take 5 of them, please … tell me where to send my $$$. :-) GREAT POST!!!

  11. Christy says:

    Where can I find the pattern for the pillow on your couch?

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