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Thread: I need major help with this pillow...

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    Hi,

    I'm BRAND new to the forum and I need some major help. I don't know if this is considered quilting, but its the only forum on the web that I could find that I thought might be able to help. Well, here's the project.

    It is my girlfriend and I's FOUR year anniversary (since sophomore year in highschool) and I thought that this year I would actually make her something.I had already been interested in making custom dress shirts for work so I had bought a sewing machine that sees little use. I was browsing the web for ideas, when I came across a memory pillow. The example I saw was very elaborate, but being a beginner at sewing it looked very intimidating.

    So, I cut out a paper piece the size I want the pillow ( I went a little larger then standard size so the pictures would fit perfectly. Now I've laid them out how I THINK I want to sew them together for the pillow facing. Believe me, any ideas are completely welcome...lol.

    In the white space between the outside pictures and around the inside pictures, I wanted to use Green Bay Packers cotton fabric (we are HUGE fans.) Same thing for the backing. What would be the best and easiest way(still looking nice) to piece all of this stuff together for the pillow top. I am going to post a picture of what I have so far. :-D

    [img]http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z.../papercopy.jpg[/img]

    and something I just noticed...with the pictures on the outside border...when I sew the two right faces of the pillow top and the backing together...it is going to cut off 1/2 an inch of each picture around the outside. Is there any way to avoid this?

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    Speaking of ways to avoid the cut off around the border from the seam allowance. What if I sew a border of about 2-3 inches of the green bay packer fabric around the outside of the border...that way if a half inch is cut off from that it will not matter...Only problem is...how would I do that? lol

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    I would use a 1/4 in seam and I think that you would be okay for most of your pictures. Are your pictures printed onto fabric? I think you have a wonderful idea and she is going to love it.

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    the Pictures are just on paper right now. I'm going to run to Joanns in a little while and see if I can find that inkjet fabric paper that you can print directly on. If not I may be in for a LOT of iron on transfers.

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    What would work better for the project? Ironing the pictures with transfer paper onto some white cotton fabric or printing them on the "electric quilt" fabric sheets?

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    that will make it easier - when you lay out, print and cut out the fabric pictures, leave the seam allowance as extra. Sashing is totally up to you - you can use your alternate fabric or a color from it, whichever works for you. I love the Halloween photo!

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    What order should I sew everything together. I think that's my biggest problem. I'm scared of that sewing machine...lol

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    one more question. Is it okay to use fleece on a pillow...especially if you're already using cotton. I can't find any cotton green bay fabric locally, but there is plenty of fleece.

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    Can we clone you? you are just about the most adorable thing ever! What a sweet guy! Check Joanne's online and Hancock's also. You can also do a search for Greenbay Packers fabric. I would stick with like fabrics on the front so your seamlines are not bulky. Fleece on the back would be great though.

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    any chance that the local Joanns or hancock will have it?

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    Your girlfriend is a very lucky young lady! She is going to love this pillow no matter what you do. Definitely print your photos on fabric paper. It should be fine to use cotton and fleece together. God luck with your project. I would love to see a photo of the pillow when you finish it.

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    OMG...you are adorable, not only in your pictures, but for what you are doing for your girlfriend!
    I don't have anything to add, but agree with what has been said.

    Stick around here and you'll learn alot.

    If you are scared of your machine, I'm sure if you go and find a local fabric shop, there would be someone there that would be willing to help "unscare" you from the machine!
    If I were closer (got a big pond in my way), I'd help you!

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    lol thanks for the help everyone. I can't find anyone who locally sells that fabric paper that you print directly on. What will happen if I do use that iron transfer paper onto white coton and then cut it out?

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    I can't help you with that one. I've never used it before, but I"m sure SOMEONE here has.

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    this is just the cutest thing i've ever heard. i've not done the photo transfers yet but did a section on it in the book i'm reading. I found a general overview online at http://softexpressions.com/help/faq/...totransfer.htm
    and according to this site, Georgia Bonesteel recommends www.printedtreasures.com the section of the book is very interesting....if you get a chance to browse through it, check pp200=205 of The Quilter's Catalog: a Comprehensive Resource Guide-----it is SO cool. I don't sell it or anything, just HIGHLY recommend it. It's by Meg Cox.

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    They have it at my JoAnns but it's down by the ironing mats for quilters....if you ask the wrong person, you'll never find it. Check the notions sections and look VERY carefully. If not, it's certainly available online. I checked for pillows and one site recommends "sew on"...i'm thinking that must be like the way that fusibles are categorized. You don't want to gum up the needle on that machine or we'll lose you from quilting ever again! Trust me....I learned that one the hard way and still refuse to use that machine....I'm selling it LOL.

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    I think that Walmart may also sell this but I'm not 100% positive. Check with the other computer paper stuff. Good Luck and keep us posted. Where are you located? Maybe someone on here lives close enough that could help you.

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    alright...Just got back from Joanns with all of my supplies. I was very impatient though, because they didn't have the packer fabric, so I just bought some pink fabric with hearts on it...I think it will still come out fine though. I'm printing the pictures on the fabric photo paper I found right now... Once it dries I'll pull the paper off. I'll keep you guys updated. Thanks!

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    The pink heart fabric will look great! Can't wait to see how you do! :D

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    Good luck!! I know she will love it NO MATTER WHAT!! :D :D

    If you get really stuck (which I don't think will happen)--is there a Home and Careers person at your high school who may lend a hand?

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    How cute are you!! Just a little advice - take your time sewing to try to get a straight seam. I'm sure it will turn out great and she will love it. Be sure to post pictures of your progress!

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    Sending you good sewing vibes! Your girl is going to flip when you give it to her! Can't wait to see your final creation.

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    Alright guys, so far so good. I'm cutting out the pictures on the fabric now. I'm trying to keep it as straight as possible...lol. Question though,

    When I stitch the middle 4 pictures together, I know that I should put the right faces together and stitch around the one edge. What type of stitch on the sewing machine should I use. It has 50 different stitches...the default seems okay, but the seam doesn't look that strong. Also how should I go about sewing the entire thing together. I know I should sew the first 4 pictures in the middle into one connected piece. How should I attach the fabric in the white space...and then how will I attach the border of photos. Thanks again for the "support"...

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    Try this link for a little explanation about the stitch and stitch length - http://home.howstuffworks.com/machin...-technique.htm


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    I would sew it in 5 strips..

    Top stirp of pics
    next left pic, long piece of fabric, right pic
    middle strip, left pic, small piece of fabric, four pics, fabric, right pic
    etc,
    etc.

    Then sew the strips together

    Dont forget to leave seam allowances when you cut the fabric pieces and pictures.

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