The Pillows that Just Happened

Pink Quilted Pillow Covers via cottagemagpie.com

Pink Quilted Pillow Covers via cottagemagpie.com

Last fall I made some pillow covers for my little loveseat in the front room (where I sew), and I never really loved them. I had been seduced by a bold print at the fabric store. I actually still love the fabric, but I didn’t like how it made my little nest feel. So last week I decided to make something new.

A friend of mine (who has an amazing food blog) had given me some leftover fabric that I just fell in love with and knew I wanted as my pillows. But I didn’t have enough. I hadn’t originally thought of quilting the pillows, since I already have SO MUCH going on in that room, but I decided to play with fabric and just let it happen.

Yes, I decided to let the process just happen.

I almost hyperventilated just contemplating this thought of wild abandon.

[Read more…]


More Squares and Even More Waiting

More Squares and Even More Waiting via cottagemagpie.com

More Squares and Even More Waiting via cottagemagpie.com

My blanket is growing, little by little. I love this pattern. Since you work the blanket in strips only 30 stitches wide, you make lots of progress. And each square is only 16 rows, so I can finish a square pretty quickly. Then it’s on to the next color and it’s so satisfying!!

I remember years and years ago I decided to try and crochet a blanket for my Dad. I used double-strands of worsted cotton and some stitch that worked up pretty fast, I don’t remember which one. But after a few days I had only done about 6 inches of blanket and I just crashed. I couldn’t bear the idea of working on each loooooong row for weeks and weeks on end. [Read more…]


A New Crochet Project

A New Crochet Project via cottagemagpie.com

A New Crochet Project via cottagemagpie.com

Tthe last few days I’ve been laid up on the couch with a bad back. Those of you who have been around awhile know that I’m not particularly good at being ill. It’s not that I don’t like to relax on the couch, I do. I love a good cozy book and blanket, or a bit of handwork, anytime. But when I’m ill I’m stuck and I’m using up all of the good will of Mr. Magpie and the kids, and for what? So I can sit here, being frustrated. That’s when I get cranky. [Read more…]


A Pillow Cover for Fall

A Pillow Cover for Fall via cottagemagpie.com

A Pillow Cover for Fall via cottagemagpie.com

While spending the summer going through someone else’s things isn’t exactly what I’d call the funnest summer ever, there are sometimes perks. For example, my Dad had bought each of us kids a $100 US Treasury Bond back in the 70’s. I had forgotten all about them, but we found them in the bottom of a box, and voila! Some fun money.

I was going to use it responsibly, to pay bills or something, but Mr. Magpie said not to. He said I should take it and buy something special, as a reward for all the hard work I’m doing this summer. It didn’t take long for him to convince me. So I promptly ordered some bedding for my bed and then got myself to the local quilt shop to see what I could find. [Read more…]


Overdyed Linens for Baby Girl’s Room

Overdyed Linens for Baby Girl's Room

Over-dyed Linens for Baby Girl's Room

The other night, I was sitting at my desk, working while sick with a cold, and all of a sudden I thought to myself, “Self? You should over dye those sheets for Baby Girl’s room.”

Thanks to major hoarding tendencies a lucky coincidence, I just happened to have some RIT dye in the house that was close to the right color for my project. Late night me says, “Good enough!”

Fifteen minutes later, I had newly over-dyed bedding in the wash, ready to rinse and dry for Baby Girl’s new room.

You may be wondering why the heck I felt like this was a good idea. Well, see, while working on the Dining Room Thanksgiving Countdown, I am also chipping way at Baby Girl’s room. And she had picked an inspiration photo that had the prettiest lilac bedding. (Go ahead, take a peek, I’ll wait…)

Like always, I’m trying to do this room on a budget. As in, as little money as physically possible! So I had planned to use this pretty white bedding with pink flowers I had gotten on eBay several years ago and didn’t use. It’s really pretty. But that much white for a small child I wasn’t sure about. Plus she loved that room with the lilac ruffled duvet. So, over dye it is!!

I started with this:

Overdyed Linens for Baby Girl's Room

After dying, it looked like this! I love how the flowers are all faded under the dye.

Overdyed Linens for Baby Girl's Room

It’s a little more purple than lilac, but I like it and I’m sure Baby Girl will, too.

I saved some of the original bedding, too, so that I have some to mix and match. I think they look pretty together.

Overdyed Linens for Baby Girl's Room

I also really like how they look with the Sea Salt paint color we picked.

Overdyed Linens for Baby Girl's Room

But the best part? Of course, the ruffles! Ruffles, ruffles, ruffles.

Overdyed Linens for Baby Girl's Room

Overdyed Linens for Baby Girl's Room

Overdyed Linens for Baby Girl's Room

I’m really excited to see how these will work in her room.

Overdyed Linens for Baby Girl's Room

Now I just have to finish painting!!

Have you guys tried to over dye anything? What are your favorite color combos?

~Angela :-)


Fast & Easy Loom Knitted Scarf

Fast & Easy Loom Knitted Scarf
I value handmade gifts. And I love beautiful yarns and knitting. The problem is that I don’t know how to knit. I’ve tried to learn, but I learned to crochet when I was 5 so the knitting never seems to stick. My solution? Using a fun and easy knitting loom to make simple handmade gifts, like this knitted scarf.
The way a knitting loom works is that you wind the yarn around the pegs twice around the loom, and then you use a little hook to pick up the lower loops and pull them up over the peg, creating a stitch. I bought mine, but you could make one yourself with a little ingenuity. This particular loom was made by Knifty Knitter and came with a set of four looms that you can use to make scarves, hats, flowers and more. I got it at Jo-Ann fabrics for $14.
Knitting Loom
To make the scarf, I picked up two skeins of yard, one in a super soft twisted natural color, and one in a black eyelash yarn with tan and brown kernels. I started with the eyelash yarn, did 20 or so rows of that, then switched to the tan yarn and just knitted away until the scarf seemed long enough (I like a good, long scarf), and then did another 20 or so rows of the eyelash yarn. Then I used a crochet hook to finish the end and get the work off the loom. Easy, peasy! It only took a couple of evenings workign while I watched TV, and now I have a great handmade gift for someone on my list.
Knitted Scarf
When I was done, I had enough left of each to do a hat, but not another scarf. The yarn was about $10. So it’s not cheaper, but it’s handmade by you, and that’s what counts. And it was fun! I am already planning another scarf, maybe experimenting with other yarns, stripes or other fun variations. I’ll post them as I do them.
Have any of you ever used a knitting loom? Do you have any brilliant ideas or projects to do? Let me know!
~Angela :-)