Pillow-Making Fun at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo

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Last week I had the pleasure of traveling to the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Chicago and hosting a fun pillow-making project in the Make-It Center. Expo attendees could drop by the Make-It Center booth any time during the three days of the show to stitch up a cute ruffled pillow with me. We adapted the “All Around Ruffles” pillow from Sew it All Volume 3 to be slightly smaller so everyone would have the chance to take home a finished project. (My mom is a beginner sewist and graciously agreed to be my guinea pig for teaching the project.) To create the smaller pillow that we stitched at the Expo, download the free instructions: Ruffled Pillow.

It was a such an inspiration meeting so many enthusiastic sewists of all levels, all ready and raring to sew! Here I am with first-time sewists Emma and Ana as they stitch the ruffles for their pillows:

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I loved seeing the great fabric combinations that everyone chose, and it was also fun to see the creative adaptations that people came up with to make the project their own. Everyone was immediately hooked once they tried the ruffler foot that we used as a shortcut for stitching the very long ruffle strip. If you’ve never used a ruffler, they are way easier than they look to operate, and I suggest you try one out immediately! (A very big thanks to Linda Z.’s Sewing Center for providing the Brother  Laura Ashley Innov-is NX800 machines, Project Runway Limited Edition 5234PRW Sergers and Ruffler Feet. Thank you as well to Westminster Fibers for fabric, Coats & Clark for thread, and Fairfield for Poly-Fil! )

Here are some of the sewists who stopped by showing off their fabulous finished pillows!

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Chloe created the very first pillow of the show and did a wonderful job!

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I love the blue-and-purple color combination of this pillow.

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This lady found green fabric that perfectly matched her couch!

These three friends and beginner sewists chose the same fabric for their pillows, which turned out lovely!

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These ladies chose great bright and springy color combinations:

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Ally and Sidney are best friends starting their own sewing business at the ripe old age of 10 years old. To top that, they’re going to donate part of their proceeds to kids’ charities!

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Here are more best friends with their finished pillows and copies of Sew it All:

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Nicki is a high school junior and expert sewist headed for costume design school in London:

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In order to highlight the pretty peacock design of this fabric, this lady fussy-cut the pillow front and cleverly stitch a smaller rosette at the pillow center. Very creative!

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Rebecca and her grandma stopped by and each stitched a great pillow:

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Claire is a beginner sewist and the pillow was her first finished project! Great job!

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Thanks to everyone who visited to the Make-It Center! It was delightful meeting you and sewing together. Don’t miss the upcoming Original Sewing & Quilting Expo events coming up this year across the country, including the Cleveland OSQE this weekend from March 29 to 31 at the I-X Center. You can find a complete schedule of cities and events here. Happy sewing!

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