Team Colors Seat Cushion

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Team Colors Seat Cushion

Come Tailgate With Us!

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My project is a cushion with handles for carrying ease! This cushion would be useful in those uncomfortable stadium seats, on the bleachers, or on the back of a pick-up truck.

Below, I’ll give you the links to the other 8 blog posts!

The team colors shown in this tutorial do not reflect Bob’s favorite team, but this is the fabric that I had on hand. Stacy from Stacy Sews and Schools would probably love tohave this cushion to match her DIY Lap Rug or any of her other Steelers projects.

I originally planned for this cushion to be kind of hard, or stiff. I wanted it to at least be fully stuffed. I still may go back and resew some of the inside seams to make the cover tighter. However, by leaving it the way it is, it serves as a cushion and a pillow.

I didn’t have to buy any of the materials for this cushion. I didn’t use much fabric at all and I used an old pillow for the inside filling. I already had the ribbon from a prior project.

Materials:

1 old pillow

2 square pieces of fabric approximately 17″ x 17″

4 pieces of fabric approximately 4 1/2″ x 17″ (you can make these thinner or thicker, depending on how thick you want the cushion)

Ribbon, or something like it for the handles

I started by cutting the pillow to a square size. I kept the remainder to make a small, decorative neck roll pillow. I washed this pillow before starting…you can’t tell. Good thing I’m covering it up.

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I then cut the pieces of fabric to the dimensions described above.

3cut fabric

On one of the yellow pieces (side piece) I pinned an X of ribbon to create the handles. When I sew it together, the ribbon will get sewn into place.

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I started sewing the yellow pieces to one of the black pieces. Basically the sides to the top piece, making sure to sew the right sides together.

5sewn top pieces

Then I sewed the bottom piece onto the side pieces, making sure to keep the right sides together. I made sure to leave a hole in one section so I can get the pillow inside.

6sewn bottom piecesThen I sewed the corners shut.

7Sewn cornersHere it is before I put the cushion inside.

8sewn before fillingI slipped the cushion inside then carefully sewed the open seam together. This can be done one of two ways, you can use the machine, and have a noticeable seam, or you can hand sew it and maybe hide it a little better. I opted for the machine. I mean, you’re going to sit on it; it doesn’t really matter.

9sewn outer seamAnd here’s the handy handle:

910handlesAnd the finished pillow:

911seat cushionNow for the other bloggers!

Karen at Baking in a Tornado has created a Glazed Kielbasa Sandwich; A recipe for Kielbasa and vegetables marinated, skewered, grilled and served on a roll.

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Stacy at Stacy Sews and Schools has made Team Color Earmuffs; Sewn fleece headband/earmuff thingies in her favorite team colors.

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Robin at Someone Else’s Genius will be giving us an inside look at college football with her review of The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football.

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Diane at Canning and Cooking at Home will be giving us a recipe for Spicy Mustard Relish; using up all your green garden tomatoes into a wonderful relish.

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Shellybean at Follow Me Home has made Busy Bags; a step-by-step tutorial on making “to-do” bags for kids.

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Lydia at Cluttered Genius has made an Easy DIY Upcycled Team Garland. Make a garland for your tailgate or mantel out of products you already have in your house!

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Melissa at Home on Deranged is posting about Technology and Tailgating; use technology and cool gadgets to ensure you are master of tailgating time!

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Shawn at Literary Litter has made a Snapcap, a crocheted hat to keep you warm and let everyone know what’s on your mind.

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Next Week’s Preview

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I actually have some posts planned for next week…well, two and an update.

On Tuesday 9/30 I’ll be working with 8 other bloggers:

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And then on Thursday, 10/2 I’ll be posting a recipe for Mini Pot Pies.

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And, finally, I found my missing pictures of the Removable Neck Pillow Cover tutorial, so I’ll be updating that on Wednesday 10/1.

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Be sure to check in on those days!!

Removable Neck Pillow Cover

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A friend of mine has been redecorating her bedroom. It started with a wall hanging that was given to her as a gift. It was gorgeous, but didn’t match the decor in her room at all. So, she decided to start redecorating. When she bought her comforter, one of her favorite pillows wouldn’t match. She likes to sleep with the pillow, so I told her that I would make a cover for it so that it would match her comforter set and she’d also be able to wash it.

I started by measuring the length and diameter of the pillow. The width of my cut of fabric was the diameter plus one inch for a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Once I measured the length of the pillow (just to the edge seam), I added a few inches to each end to allow for an elastic pocket and to allow the fabric to go to the center of the end of the pillow.

Here’s the pillow I started with:

original pillow

Marked Fabric

After cutting one piece of the pink fabric, allowing for the measurements described above, I sewed the short edges (end) about one and a half inches back to make a pocket for the elastic.

End seam

Next I added the ribbon.

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I sewed the ribbons on by sewing down both sides.

ends sewn side seamI then sewed the long seam, but forgot to leave the ends open so I could insert the elastic. I had to rip the edges open…oops!

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I measured the elastic by taking the length of the short edge and cutting it in half and using that size for each of the elastic pieces. The elastic is so that I can close the edge some but still allow the user to get the pillow in and out of the cover.

Elastic

After inserting the elastic and pinning it in place, I sewed the ends of the long edge.

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The finished cover without the pillow:

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With the pillow inside:

without velcro

I wasn’t happy that I could still see the end of the pillow once it was inside of the cover, so I turned it inside out and sewed Velcro inside to help it stay closed.

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Once I got the pillow back inside and closed the ends with the Velcro, it looked much better!

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Like I said in the beginning of this post, I’ll probably make another cover and retake some of the pics so that you can see every step…maybe things will make a little more sense.

 

DIY Undershelf/Cupboard Storage

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I’ve been seeing a very clever idea, but they tend to get expensive! The one pictured below is $17.99 on Amazon:

41S-Lc7EODL._SY300_That seems expensive to me. If I was going to use it in my kitchen or something, I’d probably shop around and buy one. However, I wanted to use it in my laundry room for rags, so not many people were going to see it.

Steps to make one from a box.

I used a Bojangles box, mainly because of its size and it’s what I had on hand. I also used two wire hangers, duct tape, wrapping paper, clear tape, and a ribbon.

Step 1:

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Step 2 & 3:

 

hanger hook

Cut the tops off the wire hangers.

folded hangerStep 4:

box flapsStep 5:

hanger for shelf

Step 6: Decorate the box as you choose. I used wrapping paper, but you can do it however you choose. I forgot to take a pic of this step.

Step 7:

ribbon shelf

Finished!

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My Motivation is Back

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I’ve been very unmotivated the past few months. I haven’t wanted to do much of anything. I thought it was because I finished school in May and was “taking a break” from it all. Nope, I can’t see myself going through all of that work in school to do nothing. The problem was the let down. A person spends all that time in school and there’s no job waiting at the finish line. It can depress a person and make them unmotivated to do anything.

I’ve found a part-time job, for which I’m currently in training for. I’m so happy! Yes, it’s only part-time, but I’m doing something with my degree and I’m still home with my kids every day…that’s what matters. The whole reason I went to school was so that I could find a job working from home. That’s hard to do when you don’t have experience. I’m thankful that one of my best friends is in the business and she’s willing to give me a chance to do what I want to do at my own pace.

So, now that I’ve gotten rid of the depression (I think, lol), I can get back to work on my blog! I did do a few things over the summer (like take another trip), but I just haven’t sat down to write the posts.

My computer is still working…stupid thing. I’ll admit that I know nothing about hard drives, but when your computer tells you that “Hard drive failure is imminent”, wouldn’t you think that it would go within a day or so? Not months! I’m so thankful that I haven’t gone out and bought another computer yet! If this one quits before I buy a new computer, Bob will just have to let me use his computer for a little while.

Free “Workbook”–Currents in Literature–American Volume

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Last year I posted a “workbook” for Currents in Literature–Genre Volume. I still haven’t finished the type in pages, mainly because the way I was doing it was way too time consuming. This year, I was smart and kept everything generic. No drop-down lists or anything like that. Clone of Bob was disappointed, but I informed him that he was plenty old enough to type in his answers. He was getting off easy as it was.

I did not make a printable copy. If there is interest, I’ll make one. Right now, my kids plan to use the type-it-in forms, not the ones I have to print (I’m sure my printer is thanking us).

Anyhow, I got all of them done for this book…I still need to go back and finish the ones for the Genre Volume. Clone of Bob goofed off last year and didn’t even finish the book…needless to say that his Literature “grade” is not impressive.

Again, this isn’t a teachers guide or an answer key. These are type-it-in files so that your child does not write in the book. The ISBN# of the book I used is: 978-1-56765-144-7. I have not gotten an answer key yet, so I don’t know the ISBN for that.

Currents in Literature: American Volume (Microsoft Word files)

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I’m going to play with these and see if I can convert them to PDF, but still maintain the type-it-in aspect.

The Computer is Taking Forever to Die

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A while back, I posted that my computer informed me that it is dying. I expect that it is, but I can’t sit around and avoid using the computer to make it last longer. I’ve been avoiding putting files and stuff on my computer for fear that I’ll lose them when the computer does finally crash. I backed up everything when it told me that “hard drive failure is imminent.”

A week or so ago, Microsoft informed me that my Office subscription now comes with 1 tb of storage. So, I’m saving everything I can to the cloud so that I don’t lose any files.

Anyway, the computer is still working, and until it dies I’ll try to get some posts up.