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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in textiles.

In this project, you will make a small pillowcase.

To complete this Badge Bit, you must:
  -  Post a before picture of your fabric
  -  Post a picture of your pillow in progress
  -  Post a picture of you stuffing your pillow
  -  Post a picture of your completed pillow!

Requirements:
  - Must be stuffed with a natural material: bedstraw, straw, feathers or wool
  - Fabric must be either reclaimed from an old tee-shirt/sheet, or be a natural material (hemp, cotton, wool, linen, silk, etc)
  - Be at least 10x10 inches
  - It can be machine sewn, as you can probably already sew by hand if you can use a sewing machine!

Here's a quick video on sewing a pillow



If you've never sewn before, I have a more in-depth tutorial down below!

Here's a tutorial on how to sew!

Step
1

Measure and Cut the Fabric



Generally, it is useful to first WASH the fabric, as it will shrink when washed. Though, if you're never planning on washing your pillow, this isn't really necessary. And, if it's an old tee-shirt or sheet you're re-purposing, you don't need to wash it, either.

Once the fabric is washed and dried, you'll want to iron it flat (not as necessary in a little pillow, but it's a good thing to get in the process of doing when sewing most anything)

Now lay it on a flat, preferably smooth surface and measure and cut it.



If you don't have the fancy clear ruler and slicy-thingy, no worries! Use any sort of straight edge to draw the line you'll cut. Find the sharpest pair of scissors you have, and cut on the line! (You can also buy a brand new pair of scissors and devote them soley to fabric so they stay sharp. Threaten your family with dire consequences if they use your precious fabric scissors for anything that's not fabric. Hide the scissors from them, too, if need be!)



Step
2

Pin the Fabric and Thread the Needle



Pin the pieces of fabric together



Thread the Needle


Tie a knot at the end of the needle





Step
3

Sew It



You might want to use a pencil and draw a line 1/2 inch from the edge of your fabric. This is where you'll sew. Make sure to NOT sew the whole pillow. Leave a gap to turn the thing right side out, and to stuff it.

You can Either sew it with a running stitch



or the back stitch. The back stitch is a bit more secure.





Step
4

Turn the Fabric Right-Side Out and Stuff It



Reach your finger through the hole you left, and grab some fabric and pull it through the hole. Just like when you turn your pants right side out.

Shove your stuffing through the hole. Push the stuffing into the corners first, then keep putting more stuffing in. And more stuffing. And even more. Because it will compress.





Step
5

Sew the hole shut!



For this, you need a blind stitch



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Finally got a chance to make my pillow! I used an old dress shirt and knit shirt (two layers in hopes that it would keep the feathers from poking out), and stuffed with wool and duck feathers that I picked up from my duck house. I tried to surround the feathers with wool so that they had a harder time poking out.
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other old shirt
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Both sewn and turning the purple one right-side out
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Put the green liner inside the purple (and you can see the feathers in the jar)
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Stuffing it
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sewing it with the blind stitch (My least favorite part of pillow-making)
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finished pillow!
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"I certify this badge bit is complete."

 
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I dug through the GoodWill pile and found this old skirt with some lovely twill fabric.

I had some wool that is too fragile to make into yarn, so I lightly carded it for the filling.  If I used the wool as it is, I would have lumpy filling which makes for a lumpy pillow.  
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all done
Staff note (Nicole Alderman):

I hereby certify that this Badge Bit is complete!!! (And looks very nice, and very soft!)

 
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