For the past couple of weeks, while trying to purge through piles of fabric remnants and trims, a thought came to me, why not take these remnants, and sew them up into “feathers” for owls to put on pillow covers and messenger bags. So, I drew up pattern pieces, and tried different ones as each owl emerged….I like the idea of each one being different, unique…taking on it’s own personality per se. I also love the concept of using up items I have laying around, spilling out of drawers, baskets, boxes up in my small sewing area to make room for other projects. I’m one for adding lots of detail…knowing unfortunately, that I will not be gaining any of my labor back when and if they sell, however, that doesn’t seem to daunt my efforts, for an item just doesn’t look finished unless some little detail is added (I’ve always loved accessorizing, so I guess this spills over into my designs)
I love using different textures, and elements that make an item textural, 3D and with a little surprise thrown in…something unexpected.
I scrounge the thrift stores looking for feather pillow inserts that I remove from pillows and reuse at a really good price. Also, table runners make great pillow covers, or even messenger bags like the owl one I made that was found on the clearance rack with the jute loops just perfect for owl feathers!
Old zippers transformed into the beak and eyebrows, embroidery brought black felt circles to bright eyes, and buttons added another dimension to the pillow.
I bought a slew of purse patterns on sale that I hope to use to help me to cut a straight line and make good use of the remnants I have waiting for a purpose.
I’m always jumping from one project to another, and for now, purses and pillows are a new passion for me…soon I hope to get back to jewelry making now that I have organized all my bits and pieces.
I was able to sell one of the pillows 6 hours after posted on fb, and so glad it’s going to a good home!
Hoping to get more purses made and up in the store under Shop tab and Accessories. Also selling some in brick and mortar shop in Liverpool, NY called “Inspired” owned by my friend and her husband. Read more!