Before Oscar was born I thought I was a very, very busy person. Then after his arrival, I looked back on those times and thought, "What was the matter with me? I had so much free time!"
On weekends, I don't want to do anything but snuggle Oscar to make up for time lost during the week at work. As a result, those 2 days fly by with bills unpaid, floors unswept, and laundry unlaundered. And craft projects... are you kidding?
And so it goes that I launched a mission to re-cover the couch's throw pillows in mid February, and did not revisit it until May.
Join me, if you will, on a journey back in time to when Oscar was just a wee little nugget that slept the whole day away, while his mom kept herself locked up in a dark and dusty apartment.
Surveying the living room I decided it certainly wasn't lacking in brown. Brown couch, brown rug, brown walls, brown coffee table, brown pillows. What it could really use was some nice bright blue accents.
So I sped off to Joanne Fabrics for some material. My mom was in town, and came along to help me assess my options.
We wound up with this trio.
I found a step by step guide to making throw pillow covers. I won't go into detail here with the exact steps, but I recommend checking out that link if you too have several months to spare on a sewing project.
Before attempting step one, I needed to back up and do step zero: remember how to work a sewing machine. Mom and I unpacked it from the box, looked over the instructions on threading the bobbin, selecting the stitch type and all that. Oddly, though I hadn't done it in probably 10 years, it all came back to me.
The next day, I was off and running!
It took me seven hours to make the first pillowcase. But there were a lot of stops and starts in my process. Also, it took a bit more time because I wasn't half-assing it like the way I normally do things. I wanted these to look presentable, so I did things properly, like ironing the edges where I'd hem or double hem.
The design I was following didn't call for any fasteners to keep the case closed shut, but I think it was meant for nice full, firm pillows and not this cheap piece of shit pillow I was working with. So there was a gross gap.
Now we're talking.
The second pillowcase took about 45 minutes. Clearly I had the hang of it, so I'd be able to bang out the next 5 or 6 in a couple days.
Then the rest of February, all of March and April, and half of May went by. With friends coming over for cocktails one Friday, I had a burst of motivation and finished three more pillows.
And this brings us to July. 5 months later. I still have 3 pillows to go. But for the sake of this post let's just pretend all of the completed ones are in these After pictures.