For years I created daily. Then my life got busy and I didn’t create at all. I didn’t think I had time. But part of me withered.
Lately I’ve decided to make time. Even if it’s just 10 minute snatches, which it usually is.
I’ve started looking for very quick projects, with shortcuts, straight lines, pre-finished details, like hems. I love upcycling items like cloth napkins and old clothes so I can take advantage of the hems and selvages that are already there.
I wanted to lighten up my living room for spring and summer. What better place to start than with pillow covers?
I made this one from an old Lands’ End shirt. Yes, I cut up a perfectly good shirt to make a pillow cover. It was a maternity shirt, though, which I will hopefully never need again. The fabric is SO thick and a soft, cozy jersey. I just laid my existing pillow on top, lined up the bottom with the hemmed edges, traced, and cut around it. Then sewed up the three raw edges and added buttons. I really love this one!
I saw a pillow like this on someone else’s blog. I don’t remember where. It’s not perfect but I still love it. I made the ruffle from scraps of the shirt, so it kinda…matches? Coordinates? The jersey doesn’t ravel so I didn’t finish the edges (probably wouldn’t have finished the edges anyway). The white fabric is 2 cloth napkins that I bought inexpensively and will never use.
This one is also not an original idea. Do you know that the S is just colored on with sharpie? How tacky and brilliant is that? There are people who are even selling sharpie pillows! I made this one out of fabric I already had. I didn’t hem it. I just left selvages on the open end.
This one took longer. I was scrounging for some more fabric from my stash and found this thick, oatmeal flannel that I love. I don’t know how it will hold up though. It’s a loose weave and I noticed that the seams are already looking strained.
I only spent a few minutes at a time working on these, and I hardly measured anything. I just took a risk and hoped for the best. I kept remembering that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. Afterward I was so satisfied! There was one that didn’t turn out so well (not pictured) but I’m going to work on it a little and see if it can be salvaged. If not, oh well, I’m out zero dollars and only a few minutes of time.
How about you? How do you manage to fit creativity into your days?