How I Increased My Sewing Confidence With A Pillow

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This week I started to panic about what I would post. I want to post something sewing related as I feel I haven’t been doing enough of it lately. The problem with that was I wasn’t near done on the refashion I was working on. (Since I wrote that a day ago I also quit that project). And though I have been working on multiple projects I also quit most of them. I wanted something that would come together quick and I would actually enjoy. So I made a pillow.  Not because you can never have too many pillows, but because I had one on my do to list forever.

 Lately, I been quitting every sewing project I started. I want to change this and I though a simple sewing project would help. My project a pillow.

Let me give you a bit of backstory, about a month ago I made two pillows for the couch in my attic – they were great pillows. I probably wouldn’t have considered making another one except I already own an ugly one. So this pillow had a feather form which is the best as they never get flattened out. I like the size it was, so all I had to do was copy the cover. Easy-Peasy right, well it would be except for the zipper. This  pillow had a lapped zipper and side panels so it would be more complicated than my usual four-seam pillow. So what did I do? I kept putting off making a new cover for that pillow.  So when I need a simple project,  not only would this pillow qualify but it would also be knocking another thing off my to-do list.

Lately, I been quitting every sewing project I started. I want to change this and I though a simple sewing project would help. My project a pillow.
The pieces of the old pillow taken apart.

I first stitch picked the pillow apart. It didn’t take as long as I was expecting due in part to the ability to just rip the seams. There were a few places I had to stitch pick but I was expecting to stitch pick the whole pillow, so it did go faster than I expected. Once it was all nicely taken apart I used the pieces as a pattern and cut out my new fabric. Everything was squarish so this part also went faster than I expected.

Lately, I been quitting every sewing project I started. I want to change this and I though a simple sewing project would help. My project a pillow.
Cutting out the pillow in my new fabric.

Since I stitch picked it apart I did have a pretty good idea of how it went together. So I started with the lapped zipper. This zipper was the reason behind me putting off the project. Funny thing is it wasn’t hard, in fact, it was the easiest zipper I ever did. Since the zipper I had wasn’t it long enough I put it in the middle and lapped it like you normally would. I had thought to get all complicated and sew the ends together underneath until I had a brilliant idea. I would continue with the lap onto a piece of fabric. So instead of trying to sew the ends together, I added strips of fabric to the ends of the zipper then treated it as one long zipper. You can see the  fabric if you open up the zipper but that shouldn’t happen too often.

Lately, I been quitting every sewing project I started. I want to change this and I though a simple sewing project would help. My project a pillow.
My lapped zipper.
Lately, I been quitting every sewing project I started. I want to change this and I though a simple sewing project would help. My project a pillow.
The finished zipper, you can see the fabric peeking through

The next thing I did was sew all the sides together leaving me with one long strip of side and a front and back panel. I then sewed the long strip of side to a front panel, made the strip and continuous loop and sewed the other panel on. All I had left to do was serge it so I serged those two seams and voila, I was done.

Lately, I been quitting every sewing project I started. I want to change this and I though a simple sewing project would help. My project a pillow.
The inside seams serged
Lately, I been quitting every sewing project I started. I want to change this and I though a simple sewing project would help. My project a pillow.
The finished corner. I think it works out quite well.

Now I ‘m going to be one of those annoying people and say I sewed it in an afternoon. And I really did and it was just the perfect project for a quick win. I am really glad and now all the pillows on the couch go together. It was great and I did clean up the attic so now I feel more ready to get back to my other sewing projects. So do you ever do that? Sew something simple for a quick win?

Lately, I been quitting every sewing project I started. I want to change this and I though a simple sewing project would help. My project a pillow.
All my pillows together.

Seeing the above picture I think I should jazz up my pillow a bit.  I do like the colour but it is a bit plain. Do you have any ideas of how to make it more interesting?