Scrappy Sea Turtle Pillow — original design and copyright Tracy Lee Chapman
and SewThankful Inc./SewThankful.com, July 2017. All rights reserved.
This is the Scrappy Sea Turtle Pillow I designed and made as a gift for a very dear friend. She listens without being judgmental, she encourages without being critical, but she also tells it like it is. She is the best kind of friend and she’s made a wonderful difference in my life so I wanted her to have something special to know that she’s important and cared for. She adores Sea Turtles–and purple & blue are her favorite colors.
At first I was going to make this as a wall hanging. Then I decided to make it into a pillow instead so my friend can display it easily wherever she wants and it’s hug-able. Making the quilted turtle as a pillow sham (with a custom shredded gel-foam pillow insert) also keeps the quilted turtle sham easy to wash and dry.
This is my own original design, entirely from scratch. Where did I get the turtle image? I looked at many sea turtle images and sketched my own. Then I challenged myself to use only fabrics, threads and items from my own personal stash–no buying anything new.
First the turtle was outlined with a hand sewn big stitch using rayon perle from my personal stash.
Today I spent the day playing with rubber…rubber bicycle tubes that I recycle into usable items.
So I decided to try making a cute little zippered coin purse that is fully lined. I used my I-Zip Wallets sewing pattern as a guide for determining size and basic construction (note: sewing with rubber instructions are not provided in this pattern).
Here is what I came up with:
Here’s a peek inside:
Working with recycled rubber–especially recycled bicycle tubes–presents a number of challenges. One must collect it, clean it (many bicycle tubes are filled with SLIME™ or other sealants), cut & prepare it (it curls, stretches and bulges in places due to the circular shape of the tube) and you need to know how to sew it.
Sewing rubber can be tricky in a number of ways. For example, once the needle goes in, there WILL be a hole (that will be seen if you have to remove stitching). Additionally, the rubber likes to “grip” and stick to many sewing machine beds as well as the presser foot.
I find it extremely worthwhile to make the effort in order to keep the tubes out of landfills. It’s especially rewarding to turn toxic trash into an attractive, functional item that is super durable and FUN to carry. 🙂
If you like the style of this coin purse and would like to make one for yourself out of fabric, you may be interested to learn more about the I-Zip Wallets sewing pattern by clicking here (note: sewing with rubber instructions are not provided in this pattern).
This is not a new project. I wrote it way back in 2008 and I’ve shared it with eNews subscribers over the years.
However, it makes sense to share it here and now with all our blog readers.
This pattern/project was developed in response to the change in packaging for pocket tissues. As far back as I remember, pocket tissues packaging had a slit in the top, center of the package so you could pull your tissue out one at a time. Somewhere around 2008 (may be different for other regions), the design of that packaging changed so the opening was placed on the long SKINNY side.
These covers hold your tissues inside and allow you to access the tissue from the long skinny edge.
This pattern/project is being provided for FREE. Use of this project is at will of the user. User assumes all risk. Tracy L. Chapman & Sew Thankful Inc. shall have no liability with respect to loss or damage caused directly or indirectly by the information contained in this project.
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EZPZ Fast and Fab Reversible Placemats sewing pattern includes instructions to make 3 styles of reversible placemats (mix or match as you desire). Finished size is approximately 14.5″ x 18.5″.
Placemat Panel Styles include: Plain Jane, Accentual Anna, Strippy Sam
AWESOME Pattern/Design Features:
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• REVERSIBLE—Enjoy twice the style in each placemat. Mix and match front and back panel styles.
• FABULOUS—Not too puffy, not too wimpy. These placemats lay smooth and flat with a classic sense of style and grace. Feel the quality of your work… fabulous.
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