Now that’s its finished and has been gifted, it’s time to share my Panda-monim Pillow! This was on my Q3 FAL list. It’s for our intern who is heading to college next week – she LOVES pandas so I immediately thought of her when I saw the pattern.
Isn’t it super cute? I did end up buying new fabric to make this, because I didn’t have enough of the fabric I was planning to use. It worked out because I found the music themed fabric which was perfect for the recipient (hard to see but the black is a tone-on-tone with treble clefs). The pattern I used was Panda-monium, a free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop. The pattern was easy and well written, but I think it did wildly overestimate the amount of fabric needed. I made a zippered back with some Kona black – I used this tutorial from Miss Make for the project, and I thought it was well-written and a very nice, professional finish. I made the quilted panel 19″x19″ before finishing it into a pillow (kind of forgot about my seam allowances, oops), and I pre-washed it and it shrunk a bit so the final size ended up being 17.5″ x 17.5″ with an 18″ square pillow form inside it.
Since I had some extra fabric and since we wanted to send our intern with a coin purse stuffed with quarters I offered to make one. I used Noodlehead’s zippy wallet tutorial. Nice, easy pattern – my only mod was adding a wrist strap. I like that it has both the exterior pocket which will hold a card or two and the zipped interior one. Very fast and cute.
How am I doing otherwise? I haven’t done very much sewing or other crafting this summer, lots of bedtime drama and sickness making me more likely to just crash once the little guy is in bed. But things seem to be getting better. In the last week I also finished and mailed off my July Bee Hive block:
Pattern is Ripples Block in scrappy low volume and blues.
I’ve gotten some more of my Gravity QAL blocks cut out and started piecing them together, though I’m quite behind right now. I’m still trying to keep up because I’m afraid if I put the project aside it’ll take years to finish it.
But mostly I’ve been trying to enjoy the summer and my time hanging out with this little guy!