When we bought our couch and love seat over four years ago, the nice family from American Fork made sure we didn’t leave their garage without the four brown pillows too. About two years ago it occurred to me I could sew pillow covers for them and I added it to my list.
On Friday morning I woke up and decided that “today was the day” I would buy fabric to cover those pillow. Emily came along with lots of enthusiasm to the fabric store and helped me. I talked aloud to myself and Emily for everyone to hear, trying to process our options. After twenty minutes of walking up and down and trying to decide what we should choose, I somehow started talking to an older lady that asked what color my curtains were, as a starting place. Well I don’t have curtains, because that would require way too much commitment; if I can’t decide on a 17×17 inch square for the couch, I most certainly have not decided on curtains.
After much deliberation (which entailed twenty more minutes of looking), two more ladies walked by and said, “They look great. Just go with it, they will be great.” The other one chimed in, “and she knows what she is talking about.” I think Joanns was ready for me to leave. Emily and I went to the counter, figured out how much to tell the lady to cut (almost as nerve wracking as picking out the colors) and headed home.
On Saturday during Emily’s nap I ironed the newly washed fabric. Emily woke up and joined me; she worked on her project while I worked on mine. She kept saying, “Both projects. Mommy, Emily”. It was a cute bonding afternoon. I didn’t snap a picture of Emily’s project during the afternoon, but I grabbed a shot of her the next morning, still working hard.
After tucking Emily into bed Saturday night, I made four pillow covers following the directions from here and here. Two hours later and the pillow covers were sewn and put on our pillows. They fit perfectly and it was a huge confidence booster in the sewing department!