March Meet the Maker

Hey all,

It’s the last day of the month, but I wanted to write something for March Meet the Marker. It’s actually an Instagram photo challenge where you post a photo every day about you and your maker business based on the daily prompt. I did a good majority of it last year, but I’m rather bad at month-long challenges. The amount of times I started a Yoga with Adrienne 30 Day Yoga Challenges is a little embarrassing, (the record is 8 days).

Nevertheless, I wanted to take this alliteration as a good opportunity to re-introduce myself. I feel like I don’t really share much about me as a person on here. Which has a lot to do with privacy but also out of a fear of opening up. So here’s we go, we are on a blind date and it’s time to get to know each other.

Hi, my name is Zoe. I’m the head creator and maker for Chipkey Creations. I’ve been knitting since I was 6ish and crocheting since I was around 8. So I’ve been working with yarn for over 15 years, which will give you a ballpark on my age. 

 
 Me and my dog Muppet

Me and my dog Muppet

 

I started on Etsy in 2012, but I wasn’t completely sure what I was going to do on there. I really got serious about Chipkey Creations in late 2016 and expanded it in 2017 so I had this pretty website as my own corner of the internet.

Chipkeycreation etsy Shop

I make a lot of the product you see on the site. If I didn’t make it, my mom did as she is my production assistant. She helps make cacti and spins the yarn on a old-school spinning wheel for many of the items. She actually taught me how to knit and crochet way back in the day. She’s a wellness strategist and you should check her out at her website here

 
cacti on cacti on cacti
 

Although I was always really into yarn, fabric and textile design, I actually went to school for Civil Engineering. I really like designing things people will use. What do people use more than their buildings? We spend around 90% indoors so I want to make sure that experience is a pleasant one, also so that the roof doesn’t fall down on you. I find that part really important, which is why I’m in engineering and not an architecture.

 
 

After I graduated, I worked at a multinational arts and crafts store as a floor associate. It was a pretty good job for a customer service job and I got to touch a lot of yarn. I did that for part-time and it gave me a chance to lay the groundwork for Chipkeycreations.com and preparing for craft fairs I participated in over the summer and during the holiday season. 

 

My mom and my booth at Uxbridge Art in the Park last summer 

 

In October, I started my full time job as a Junior Building Science engineer. Which is a fancy way of saying I design walls to make sure the stuff that is suppose to stay outside stays there and the indoor stuff stays indoors. It’s a cool job, but it does mean that it’s harder to take cacti pictures in natural light since that’s typically the time of day when I’m at the office.

 
 Throwing signs while on site

Throwing signs while on site

 

Oh, fun fact: March is National Engineering Month in Canada in addition to March Meet the Maker. Here’s a link for more info (https://exploreengineering.ca/). I really like it as a profession and would suggest any person that enjoys math and science to consider it as a career path.

 My Insta feed at the time of writing this. 

My Insta feed at the time of writing this. 

Anyways, if you’ve noticed that I don’t post Instagram photos everyday that is probably why. I’m still making, especially during my commutes since I’m on the train. I’m also working on new products that I'm not ready to share yet. But lighting and editing are my enemies! Also, my computer was being repairs a bunch of times, which didn't help either. 

When I’m not crocheting cacti, I am typically doing a lot of other yarn related hobbies. Like knitting. I currently have a bunch of yarn that I’m trying to move out. So I’m stash busting (using up the yarn I’m hoarding) by making hats and mittens to donate to charities that work with Toronto’s homeless committees. I’m working through the year to donate a big pile just as Fall hits this year. 

I also co-run a blog with my friend Olivia called This is Not a Great Idea (https://thisisnotagreatidea.wordpress.com/). We write about pretty much anything. My current series is going to coffee shops and trying to find the best latte. But in general we talk about music, books and stuff that interests us.

 
 The banner for the blog I co-run (Click through link)

The banner for the blog I co-run (Click through link)

 

Shameless plug, but you should totally check it out. It’s a really fun passion project for us.

In general, I’m a young Canadian chick that loves making stuff with yarn, hanging out with my pets (two cats named Fatima and Sneakers as well as a dog named Muppet), and other humans from time to time (but not really). I probably spend way too much time on Reddit (to the point that I actually said Reddit instead of Revit, a modelling software, during an interview), and YouTube looking at cats sitting in boxes.

 
but first let me take a selfie
 

I want to be better at writing in the blog portion of this website, but another reason I went into engineering was because I was told I wouldn’t have to write (ps: that is a lie). This type of stuff is way harder for me than making the cacti, but I want to be more open about what I’m up to and I think this is a good point to work from. I’m working on being better at added stuff on the shop, as well as doing the in-person fairs. Which are so fun, and it’s really cool way to talk to people in real life and see them interact with the stuff that I put so much time into. I find they can be really draining so I want to look at being better at haddling multi day fairs as part of my life.

 
trinity bellwoods flea booth
 

I also want to submit to get a ball of yarn to become an emoji. But that is not high priority goal.

That pretty much sums up the stuff you should know about me. But I want to know more about you! Where are you from?  What’s your most visited website? If you were a drink, what would it be? Let me know in the comments!
 

P.S. For me it’s Toronto, Canada. Google, followed by my email. Coca Cola or Green Tea.

Landmade 2018 + Haul

 
chipkey creation landmade haul
 

This past Sunday, (Feb 4th) my mum and I took a trip into Toronto to checkout Landmade. It is the second year it's running and its like a farmers market for sheep and alpaca farmers. They come from around southern Ontario to Toronto and get to talk about their animals with people that will appreciate the yarns, fibers and products that they sell.

Landmande 2018

It's run by the Upper Canada Fibreshead a non profit whose goal is to develop sustainable production of fiber and of its derivatives, like roving, yarn, cloth and clothes within a 250 km range from Toronto.

I went last year with my mum since we are both spinners, she more than me, and got some stuff, like the fiber that goes into my cactus. I used the extra that didn't make it into yarn my mom had spun from the fleece of a sheep named Zoe.

This year I was shopping for my Fibershare partner, which is a fiber and yarn based international swap. So I was planning on only getting stuff for her but couldn't resist and got things for me too.

So this is my haul!

 
Landmade Haul 2018
 

 

3-Ply Yarn by All Sorts Acre Farm

all sorts acre farm yarn

This yarn is a three ply combination of Finn, Gotland and Blue Face Leicester sheep fiber. It's  overdyed (this means dyed over a fleece that has tone already) with Indigo by the farmer. That's how there's such a pretty combination of green with flecks of blue and yellow. The colors are lovely and the yarn is so soft and bouncy. 

All Sorts Acres Yarn - Landmade 2018

 

Roving Braid by Linc Farm

Linc Farm Roving from Landmade 2018

This is my second purchase. I found the contrasts between the two yarns amazing and I couldn't help myself. Rambouillet is a lovely fiber to spin and I'm excited to spin it up. From a distance it looks like it was black but it's actually a very pretty dark chocolate brown. 

Linc Farm Roving, Landmade 2018

 

Merino / Blue Face Leicester Fiber by Rampart Farm

Rampart Farm Fiber

This is a huge fiber batt! I found the color so pretty and it felt so nice. The farmer has a sample of how the fiber spins and knits up and it looks amazing. I am really excited to play with this. Merino and BFL are lovely to spin and they are a good beginner fiber. 

close up of the fiber

That's a wrap. I wasn't planning on getting anything for myself but there were so many pretty and soft things. I'm also supporting local farmers so it's not the worst way to spend my cash. I am really happy with what I got and I'm looking forward to working them. Let me know if you're interested in updates on future projects I'll make with these purchases. 

Year in Review 2017

 
year in review 2017
 

This year was been a really interesting one. I made this website! I did a bunch of fairs and met some amazing people.

I started to write an article about this past year and kinda gave up. Instead, here's a gallery of my year! You can click on the photo and it will pop up with a little description. 

This year was amazing, I did 7 shows and had 4 custom orders. I made so, so many cacti this year. I've only lost 2 crochet hooks in the process and actually found one earlier this week, the other one is still somewhere in house. Maybe in a purse. I'll have to check later.

I am optimistic about 2018. I want to continue making cacti but I also want to try other stuff. If you have any ideas, I would love to hear from you.

I want to keep vending in fairs and markets. I really enjoy the human connection with people. I also want to be better at updating on here. I've said that literally every year, on every writing platform I've ever had but maybe 2018 is the year I will follow through. I guess there is only one way to find out. 

See you all in 2018!! 

Zoe 

Free Pattern - White and Pink Hat

 
Free Pattern white and pink hat.png
 

It's fall here and the temperature is starting to drop like a sick rap album. That isn't the worst thing ever, because it's tuque season! This beanie pattern is a great hat for oneself or a a gift this holiday season.

I made this hat last winter as a way to break up the grey, sad landscape that is winter. I've reworked the pattern and wanted to share it. A large majority of the patterns I make for myself are free patterns so I wanted to pay it forward. This hat does not have to be done with white and crazy pink yarn like I did. Any two worst weight yarns will work. It's a good pattern for beginners to intermidiates that want to challenge themselves. 

 

 
pink and white hall side view
 
 
 
Hat Pattern white and pink side
back view white and pink
 

SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS

  • Main Colour (MC): 1 skein of Caron Simply Soft in the colour White (or any Medium Weight yarn of your choice)
  • Contrasting Colour (CC): 1 skein of Caron Simply Soft in the colour Neon Pink (or any Medium Weight yarn of your choice)
  • US 8 (5 mm) circular needles
  • US 8 (5 mm) double pointed needles
  • A Stitch marker
  • Plastic needles to sew in the ends

GAUGE AND MEASUREMENTS

19 stitches by 25 rows for a 4” by 4” (10.15cm by 10.15 cm) square in a stockinette stitch

Measurements of the Hat:

Diameter of hat 22.5" (57.15 cm) and 9" (22.85 cm) in height excluding the rim of the hat

 
white and pink dog .jpg
 

ABBREVIATIONS

K - Knit
P - Purl
K2tog- Knit Two Together
K1 uls - Knit One Under Loose Strand (see
notes)
CC - Contrasting Colour
MC - Main Colour

Notes

In this pattern, you will be carrying the contrasting yarn on the right side of your work. Make sure to keep the yarn fairly loose as you do this.
To make a K1 usl, take your needle and go under the loose CC yarn. Knit your next MC stitch with the CC yarn, in a similar fashion of a k2tog.

K1 USL

Pattern

Cast On:

In Main Colour (MC) cast on 96 stitches onto the circular needles.

Edge Ribbing:

Place Stitch Marker, while making sure not to twist the row, *K2, P2* repeat to end of round.
Continue until the ribbing is 2 inches long.

Body of Hat:

Round 1: *K1 in Contrasting Colour (CC), K5 in MC * repeat to end of round.

Round 2: *K1 in CC carry in the yarn on right side of work, K5 in MC* repeat to end of round. At the end of this row make sure that the CC yarn is on the wrong side of the work before starting the next row.

 
white and pink hat
 

Round 3-4: Knit 2 rows in MC. You don't need to carry the CC yarn in your work during these rows.

Round 5: K3 in MC, K1 uls in CC, *K5, K1 uls* until last 2 stitches, K2 in MC.

Round 6: K3 in MC , *K1 in CC, carry CC on right side of work, K5 in MC* Until last 3 stitches, in CC knit 1, MC K2 (keep CC on right side).

Round 7: K3 in MC, move CC to wrong side of work (without making a stitch), K in MC to end of round.

Round 8: Knit in MC all around

Round 9: *K1 uls in CC, K5 in MC * repeat to end of round.

Round 10: *K1 in CC carry in the yarn on right side of work, K5 in MC* repeat to end of round. Move CC to wrong side of work before continuing.


Repeat rounds 3-10 until you have the length you want. If you want a short hat, repeat the pattern for 6-7" (15-18 cm) and if you want more of a slouchy look continue until the hats length is about 8-9" (20- 23 cm).

 
stitch up close
 

Decreases:

(Change to double point needles when there are too few stitches to do on the circular needles)

On the next repeat at the row 7, do the following:

Round 1: In MC K1, K2tog, place CC yarn on wrong side of work ,*K4, K2tog* until last 3 stitches, K3. (80)

Round 2: In MC, K4, K2tog *K3, K2tog* until last 4 stitches, K2, K2tog (64)

Round 3: *K1 uls in CC, K3 in MC* repeat to end of round. Carry the CC on wrong side of work

Round 4: *K1 in CC, K3 in MC, K1 in CC* repeat to end of round. Carry yarn on right side of work

Round 5: K1 in MC,*K2tog, K2* repeat to end of round. (48)

Round 6: K1 in MC, *K2tog, K1* repeat to end of round. (32)

Round 7: K1 in MC, *K1 uls in CC, K1 in MC* to last stich, CC K1 uls (32)

Round 8: *K1 in MC, K1 in CC* repeat to end of round. You can cut the MC and weave in the tail.

Round 9: K2tog in CC all around (16)

Round 10: K2tog in CC all around (8)

Cut leaving a long tail, weave the tail though the stitches and pull tight.

Wash in warm water and lay it flat to dry in desired shape to block it.

If you want, make a pom pom and add it to your work.

 
white and pink hat flat
 

That's the hat! If you have any questions, write a comment or shoot me an e-mail zoe@chipkeycreations.com.

If you end up making this pattern, I would love to know. Tag me on the social medias @chipkeycreations. 

How to Sew a Patch

 
how to sew a patch a video tutorial
 

Although most patches on the market are iron-on's, there are many advantages to sewing your patches on to your fabric.  If you have a fabric with some stretch to it, your patch will over time start to lift up at the edges,  and will eventually fall out. Given the going rate of patches, I know I don't want to lose the equivalent on three normal coffees (or one fancy).  There are also some fabric that will melt if you try to iron them, like the fleece surface that I'm going to sew my pizza patch on to.  I also made a video tutorial on how to sew a patch. 

 

 

Materials Needed:

Needles: Your best option is to get needles designed for heavy materials and have a pointed tip.  This will make it easier to sew your patch without much overexertion, or possibly breaking your needle. 

materials needed - how to sew a patch

Thread: Usually you can get needles and thread as part of a sewing kit. However, that thread may not be the strongest.  If you can, try to get some nylon or polyester thread since it is stronger than cotton thread.  Regardless, you should try to get it in the colors of your patches that way it will look as seamless as possible.    

Sewing or Safety Pins: This helps to make sure that nothing moves around as your sewing.  If you have already ironed on your patch and just want to sew it in place for more security, you don't need these. 

Thimble (optional): Yeah, that thing in your Monopoly set actually has a purpose.  It is so you can push your needle through your fabric without hurting or stabbing your fingers.  

The Process:

pizza patch loctation how to sew a patch

Step one:  Figure out where you want your patch to go. I have a patch blanket that I've sewn all of my patches to.  My roommate got me this awesome pizza patch and I decided that it fits nicely beside the slope of an old girl guides patch.  If you have an iron on patch (if it has a plastic shinny back its most likely a iron on), iron it into place. Most iron on patches are not very permanent and they will start to peel off in no time. This also depends on what type of fabric you want to sew your patch on to.  Some cottons are easy to iron on, but felts or blanket fabrics are not. 

If cannot iron your patch, you will have to pin it into place with either safety pins or sewing pins.

pizza pinned how to sew a patch

 

Step two: Cut your thread. You do not want to cut it too long or you will get it in knots as your trying to work.  Just over a foot (0.3 m) will be good length.  If you are sewing a really big patch, you will have to sew it on in stages.  If you are using really flimsy thread, I recommend doubling up to give it some extra strength, so it does not break on you.

Step Three: Tie a knot on the end. It seems really obvious but I know people that have sewed a bunch of patches and forgot to knot them and they fell off.  Make sure that the knot is bigger when the thickness of your needle or it will pop through your fabric when you try to sew it.  In the video on this post I show you how to make a really quick and easy knot. 

Step Four: Now the fun begins. With the right side facing you, poke your needle into the edge of where your patch will sit, into the wrong side of the fabric. You'll want to make sure your know will be hidden by the patch.
From the wrong side of the fabric, poke the needle back into the fabric and into the edge of the patch and pull.  

The knot you made will be on the right side of the fabric but as you sew, it will be covered by your patch, making the wrong side of your fabric look nicer. 

starting the sewing how to sew a patch
knotty how to sew a patch

 

Step Five: Poke your needle through the patch, a few millimeters (~1/8") from where you poked through, bring your needle back through the patch and fabric. Bam! You've made yourself a stitch. On the wrong side of the fabric poke your needle through the fabric and patch a few millimeters (~1/8") from the previous stitch.

 
sewing how to sew a patch
 

Here is a close up of the patch after a few stitches.  I tried to make sure that my stitches were in the brown outline of the pizza to make them as invisible as possible. It's good to keep your stitches as small and even as possible. 

patch closeup how to sew a patch
ohno patch how to sew a patch

As you pull your thread make sure you do not get knots or bunching like you see here.  

You may get caught up in the look of the right side of your fabric but make sure you check on the wrong side of your work to ensure it looks alright. 

Step Six: Now continue with your stitches around the patch until you get back to where you started.  Try to keep your stitches as even and as small as possible.  It will look nicer, but smaller stitches require more time sewing.

 

Step Seven:  Knot the thread as closely to the fabric on the wrong side as possible and cut off the rest. 
On wrong side of fabric poke you needle as shown above and wrap your thread around it and pull your needle through, making a knot.

beginning of knot.jpg
knot two how to sew a patch

 

Cut away the extra thread and you done!

patch done how to sew a patch


Now you know how to sew a patch, do and decorate all of your belongings with patches.

If you have any questions, you can put them in the comments below. 

Upcoming Show!

Just a quick update on how things are doing in the world of Chipkey Creations.  

I put an update on the Chipkey Creations Facebook page (link here) but not here.  A selection of crocheted catci are now available at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa.   It's a great gallery and community space. I'm very excited to be in their gift shop with a bunch of other cool artists from Durham region. You can check out the gallery's site here.

I have also been pretty busy applying to some shows for August and September.  I am still waiting to hear back for some.  I've heard back from one and I am excited to announce I will be a vendor at Uxbridge Art in the Park on the weekend of August 19-20th 2017!  I've been to this event a few times as a guest and it's a really good show and I'm over the moon about being a vendor this year. 

You can get more details about the Uxbridge Art in the Park by checking out the events tab or go on the web site (the event is way nicer than the website leads you to believe, trust me). I hope to see you there.

I will keep you posted on other events that I will be attending them.  I have a lot of prepping to do to build up stock for these events. Would a blog-post series on how I'm getting myself organized be interesting?  Let me know. 

If you want to stay up to date on everything, you can following me on Facebook or Instagram.  As well you can sign up to get e-mail (It won't fill up your inbox I swear) to get updates.

All the best, 

Zoe, Head Boss Person of Chipkey Creations

Canada 150 Inspired Embroidery - Free Pattern

 
Hudson bay Canada 150 Embroidery free
 

I exhibited at my first fair of the year a few weeks ago.  It went really well, but after it was done and everything was put away I needed a project that wasn’t fair related to acts as a creative reset before I got back into the swing of things.

 
Canada 150 Hudson Bay embroidery
 

I decided that an embroidery project would work really well to do this.  I follow some embroiderers on Instagram and every time I see them stitch I am reminded that it’s something I can do.  Not as well as them, obviously, but it really got my creative juices flowing.

 
Canada 150 Embroidery close up
 

 

I thought about what I wanted to stitch.  A cactus crossed my mind, but it reminded me too much of the crochet cacti that I’ve been working on recently.  I enjoy working on them but I wanted to shake things up.  I decided on the Canada 150 logo.

Canada 150 Logo

 

It’s Canada sesquicentennial anniversary, and the logo they designed to celebrate was fully embraced by us Canadians.  It’s on everything and it’s everywhere I go when I leave the house.  It’s a pretty, simple design that I really enjoy the look of.

Since I was going Canadian themed, I double down and made the logo in the Hudson’s Bay colours.  Hudson’s Bay is Canada’s oldest company and they have this super iconic colour pattern.  It’s stripes of blue, red, green and yellow broken up by an off white.

 Image from WIkipidea:  link

Image from WIkipidea: link

To make the embroidery, I printed a picture of the logo and traced it out with a pencil on a piece of white fleece fabric I had in my fabric collection. I made this step way harder for myself than it should have been.  

I should have waited for some sunlight and used a window to trace everything.  Instead, I just squinted really hard and tried to trace it.  Not the smartest thing I could have done.  I do not recommend it but it was dark out and I really wanted to start the project.  

Since then, I've made a diagram, I’ll be able to use transfer paper to create more embroidery patterns of the logo, should I decide to make this pattern again.  

Canada 150 Hudson Day Free Embroidery Pattern

I eventually figured it out and got a outline on my fabric and picked out the threads I wanted to use. Most of the colours, I had on hand from previous projects but I did have to buy a blue.  They were all DNC brand threads. I lost the bit that had the colour name on it, so I’m not exactly sure which ones I used.

I cut my thread to be about a foot long.  I find anything over that and I am prone to getting a lot of knots.  I split my thread in half.  Embroidery thread has 6 strands. I used three of these strands to get the stitch thickness I needed.  I did the backstitch method of embroidery, doing my best to keep my stitches and tension as even as possible.  Something that I’ve struggled with in a lot of my past projects.

 
 A look at the back, and faint traces of me tryining to draw 

A look at the back, and faint traces of me tryining to draw 

 

It was a really quick and easy project. I found that the stitching was pretty quick to do and I got into a decent rhythm.  It was really calming to work on and it was a perfect break from some of the other projects I’ve got going at the moment.

In some spots I’m not as straight as I hoped. However, I think it gives it more charm...at least that’s what I keep telling  myself.  I don’t really embroider often but I wanted to share this project. I think it came out really well and it shows my Canadian pride.  You are welcomed to download the template and make your own piece.   If you do, tag me (@ChipkeyCreations across the web) so that I can see your project.

 
Free embroidery Canada 150 Hudson Bay
 

 

 

Tutorial - Simple Pillow Cover

 
Tutorial pillow cover sewing
 

A while back, two of my friends moved into their own apartment. They decided to decorate the living room with greys and light blues. They bought a new couch and asked me if I could make pillowcases for the pillows they wanted to throw onto it. They were thinking of buying some cases, but they are crazy expensive. There is an unproportionally high cost for the amount of fabric you’re getting. When we were shopping together there was a small case (no pillow) on sale for $40! It wasn’t even cute looking, I don’t understand. They ended up picking some fabric out and I made them the cases that are featured in this tutorial. Since then, I've made a bunch more pillows, either for them or for myself. The pillows are super fun to make and a great beginner project. The cases don’t come off the pillows so there is no need to worry about zippers. The only thing you may need to worry about is what type of pillow you buy and if it is machine washable.

 
Tutorial - Pillow Sewing
 
 

Things you need:

  • A metre of fabric of your choice. In this tutorial I am using a 100% cotton fabric that was purchased from Fabricland

  • A pillow, for this project I’m using the Inner, 50 cm x 50 cm (20” x 20”) pillows from Ikea

  • Newspaper or scrap paper for a template

  • A sewing machine

  • A needle and thread

  • Pins

 
 The Fabric I am using

The Fabric I am using

 Inner Pillow from Ikea

Inner Pillow from Ikea

 
 

Steps:

1) Wash, dry and iron your fabric. I’m sure you are very excited to start your project, but before you can start cutting you need to wash your fabric. This will rinse out the extra dye the may still be in the fabric (you 100% have wash it separately if it’s a really strong colour like red or blue.  For other types of fabric I wouldn’t recommend it but probably won’t be the end of the world if you did).

Your fabric might shrink due to the heat, so it's better if it shrinks now instead of when your project is finished. You'll want to iron it so that the fabric is a flat as possible, which will help ensure you have straight lines when you’re sewing.

2) Use the newspaper to make a template of the pillow; mine was just a square. If your pillow is a rectangle make your template to match the shape. I added a centimetre (1/2") of seam allowance on to each side and cut the newspaper down to the size I needed. My pillow was 50 cm by 50 cm so I made my template 52 cm by 52 cm by adding two centimetres on each edge.  

 
 52 cm by 52 cm square on my fabric before I cut it out. 

52 cm by 52 cm square on my fabric before I cut it out. 

 

3) Place your fabric on a clean surface and fold it in half. Place your template on the fabric and pin into place, and cut. I am making two pillows with this piece and I ended up with four pieces of fabric.

 Two pillows in the making

Two pillows in the making

 

4) Place two pieces together, rights facing each other. If your fabric is patterned, ensure the patterns are going in the same directions. Pin the pieces together and leave a space on one side that will be big enough to put your pillow into.

5)  With scrap fabric do some test stitches to make sure the stitches are tensioned properly for the fabric you’re using. This means that the thread on both sides of your work is even and isn't pulling.

After you’ve done this sew around your pillow.  Make sure you don’t sew the whole thing closed.  

You want to make sure your stitches are being made at a centimetre from the edge, anymore and your case will be smaller than you want.

 The pink line is where you want to sew around

The pink line is where you want to sew around

 

6) After you’re done sewing, cut the extra fabric off the corners of the case, this will make for sharper corners to your work. Make sure you don’t cut the stitches themselves.

tutorial sewing pillow corner

 

7) Put as much of your hand in the hole you created and pull the fabric through the hole to turn the pillow inside out. After that, use a pencil to push the fabric in the corners more to make them really pointy.

 Mid turning it inside out 

Mid turning it inside out 

8) Optional: You can iron the case to make sure the fabric looks really good and to help set the stitches.

 
 Nice sharp corner

Nice sharp corner

 
 

9) Put the pillow into the case. With the first pillow, I took it out of the plastic and then spent an hour trying to stuff the pillow into the case because I made the hole too small. With the second pillow, I measured the circumference of the pillow in its packaging and made sure that the hole I left would be bigger. Then I cut the top of the pillow packaging and put the whole thing in the hole and held the pillow in place as I pulled the plastic off. The pillow then just unfolded itself into the case. This took less than 30 seconds.   

The first pillow, mid stuffing

 
 This was hard and took to long

This was hard and took to long

 

 

 

Second pillow, which was faster

 
 Insert Pillow, remove plastic and BAM a pretty pillow.

Insert Pillow, remove plastic and BAM a pretty pillow.

 

 

10) Make a blind stitch to close up the hole.

tutorial sewing pillow case bind stitch

• Take your needle and thread and double your thread and tie a knot. Make sure your thread is long enough to close up your hole, but if it’s too long there is more of a chance that the thread will knot as you’re working. It's a fine balance.

• Pin your hole closed so that you do not have fabric moving around on you.

• From the inside of the fold, poke your needle and pull the thread through. Poke it back through a few millimeters on the inside fold of the opposite piece of fabric and pull through.

• You will be sewing the fabric on the inside of the fold of the hole to bring the two pieces of fabric together while trying to hide the thread.

 Knot in between both layers

Knot in between both layers

 Poke needle in the fold of your opening 

Poke needle in the fold of your opening 

 

When your can't tell where the blind stitch is.

 Pretty Blind Stitch 

Pretty Blind Stitch 

 

11)  Fluff up the pillow! I was told that if you leave the pillows in the sun they will fluff up on their own. I tried it, but I can't prove the pillows fluffed up because of the sun or because of the air and not being in a vacuum sealed bag.

When I was done, I delivered the pillows to my friends house and was trying to take photos of the finished product, but my friend kept photobombing them. So I am including some of the photos I have of her and the pillows.  

tutorial sewing pillow finished product

 

Here are some of the other pillows I've made.

 A pillow I made for myself out of old fabric samples from a furniture store 

A pillow I made for myself out of old fabric samples from a furniture store 

 Pillow out a quilt I made for the Canada 150

Pillow out a quilt I made for the Canada 150

Haul: Makeology April 2017

 
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During the Easter long weekend, my family and I took a road trip to Hamilton, Ontario to check out the Makeology Spring Fair.  I had found out about Makeology through Instagram and was interested in checking out the fair since it seemed really cool and hip.  I had been featured on the Makeology Online Market (Link here) back in March for one of my Crochet Cactus (Shameless plug here) and thought it would be fun to see the show live. 

The fair was very busy and fun to attend.  The whole famjam wound up buying stuff. I went over my budget by a few dollars and wanted to share the purchases that we made. Not all of them were mine. My parents let me borrow their purchases to take pictures before they started using their purchases. 

 

Breakfast in Bed Candle by Campy Home (Etsy Shop Here)

Campy Home Candle
Campy Home Candle out of box

This a soy candle is suppose to burn for 80 hours. That fact has yet to be fully tested.  When I was at the Campy Home booth I took a sniff of this candle expecting some coffee scent given the name.  It's not, it's a light citrus smell with grapefruit, lemons and limes as the main scents. It's a really nice and light smell.  The woman running the booth was so nice and politely laughed at my bad jokes about her candle called A Late Night. (It does not smell like alcohol, cigarette smoke and regret btw).

 

Lunar Facial Scrub By Mellow Bath and Body (Shop Here

Mellow sold some soap bars. I have a huge stash of soap that I need to use up so I skipped  over these. The facial scrub powder seemed interesting.  You add a bit of water to make a paste and put that on your face as either an exfoliant or mask depending on how long you leave it on your face. Mellow Bath and Body is vegan, doesn't have any preservative, and they use all good natural stuff. 

 
Monkey Butter

White Chocolate and Raspberry Peanut Butter by  Monkey Butter PB (Site here)

I like peanut butter. I like white chocolate, and I like raspberries. There's no reason to not love this product. I've had it on my toast for breakfast a few times and it is super delicious.  The downside is that it is really sweet, so I can't have it for breakfast everyday or my dentist will come knocking at my door to yell at me.  It uses all natural ingredients and it's made in small batches. 

 

Painted Concrete Planter by Double L Decor (Site here)

At the fair it was actually hard to get to this table, since there were so many people at it at all times;  great for them, but a tad annoying.  When we got to the table it was well worth it.  Double L's planters are really pretty. All the planters are hand painted and aren't rough like you would expect a item made out of concrete to be.  I am currently using it with one of my crocheted cactus and it looks fabulous! 

Double L Pot
Double L Pot from above
 
 I don't have model hands... 

I don't have model hands... 

Midi Ring By Dawning Collective (Site Here)

All the stuff at this booth were crazy cute.  Dawning has really cute cactus and llama necklaces which I am in love with.  They also had these sweet and dainty midi rings.  I had tried a few on since they look great stacked or on different parts of the finger.  Unfortunately, I don't think I'm cool enough to to pull off the multiple ring look, so I ended up getting one midi ring.  I really like the hammered look, and it kinda mimics the look of my engineering Iron Ring which I wear on my left hand.  I've been wearing this one on my right hand to balance out the amount of jewelry I have on each hand. 

 

Earrings by Priestess (Site Here)

These earrings are made out of a really glittery stone.  I'm not 100% sure what it is. I think it's peacock ore.  The woman told me what it was the day of the fair but I've since forgotten.  This stone is suppose to bring wealth and who doesn't like that. The earrings are nice studs and versatile in it's look as the stones reflect different colours.  

Priestess Earrings
 

Support Handmade Patch by Maker's Movement (Site Here

Maker's Movement Patch

Maker's Movement's main project is a bi-annual magazine about creatives. The magazines are gorgeous.  I picked up a patch because I am a sucker for patches and I liked the look of it. I've already put it on my denim jacket as flair and it looks really good. 

 

Flair by Makeology (Site here)

Running a fair and a booth must has been super hard but they did it.  The Makeology table was selling some maker inspired items.  I picked up a patch and a pin.  They are both on my jacket and look super cool. 

Makeology Patch
Makeology Pin
 

That's pretty much it.  The fair was really fun, and I was glad to have made the trip out.  The fair brings a lot of people in and introduces people to artisans that they may not have heard about otherwise. 

Field to Fashion

 
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I’m part of a spinning group, and not the one that makes you really sweaty and regret moving the next day.  We’re a group of people that spin our own yarn using spinning wheels. It’s a great group were we can chat and share knowledge (as a relatively inexperienced spinner I appreciate all the knowledge that is being shared with me). One women that I’ve met there, Katie, is the founder of The Wool Guild.  It’s a guild that brings people that love wool and people that are part of wool production together for the love of the fiber.  She made this great video that goes into the production of wool garments, from the sheep to a finished product.  It is a lot prettier to watch than a How it’s Made video.

Katie is an amazing person that is truly passionate about the work she is doing.  You should definitely check out The Wool Guilds website (link Here).  Also the Wool Guilds Instagram (@thewoolguild) is great for pictures of wool and many cute lambs. 

Katie hasn't asking me to talk about this, I genuinely enjoy the video and want to share it with the world.  Ontario is filled with some amazing wool and people that really care about it. 

Edit 22/04/2017:  Katie had submitted this video into the TVO's Short Doc contest.  It's a contest the local public television channel ran, for documentaries that were under 5 minutes. Field to Fashion won second place over all, as well as peoples choice!   You can check out more about that here.