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Thread: Frustrating Sewing Day

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    Angry Frustrating Sewing Day

    I have been working on making two pillow shams. I completed one yesterday and worked on the other today. I took the old pillow sham and cut the material to that size. I was talking to my sister while working on it and put the sham together backwards. I then had to rip it out and redo it. Once I completed it I took them upstairs and they are too small!! How did that happen?

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    Did you forget to add in the seam allowances? Sorry they didn't fit--how disappointing.
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    Rachel

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    Sounds like your sister's fault!
    ~Laura

    Wise words from my 7 year old niece: "Aunt Laura, you must think you can't have too much fabric like a pizza can't have too much cheese." Well said, Gracie!

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    "Sounds like your sister's fault!" It always is!!!!

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    I am soooo sorry to hear this. Would it be possible just to add a strip of fabric to one end of the sides to act kind of like a bottom to make them fit??

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    Same thing happened to me. I was trying to make a case for a "body pillow", and it had no case to begin with. So I measured it in several places, took the front panel measurements and added 4 inches for extra room, plus an inch for seam allowances (since I was going to do half inch seams and then finish off the edges so they wouldn't fray. Anyway, point was, I thought I had allowed plenty of room. What I hadn't taken into consideration was that the pillow had been under the blankets all night, and I measured it first thing in the morning. So between the time I measured it, and the time I tested the front panel on it, the pillow had time to expand to its full size! Which made my panel woefully inadequate.

    If I were you, I'd measure when the pillow is for sure at full expansion, add more inches than you think are necessary, and then add two side panels to make it fit. You could even add contrasting side panels, and make it look like they were "part of the original plan". It would be neat! (Do we say "neat" anymore?) Ok, then, very sharp! Go with the flow. Use this opportunity to make something even more special. You'll be glad for your mistake!
    MacThayer

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    I can't talk and do anything at the same time either.
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