VW Bus Pillow, Part 2

VW bus pillow complete! Since I only had a fat quarter of border fabric, I patch-worked the backing. Serendipity! I like the way it worked out. The pillow looks a little lonely on that window seat, though. Don’t you think it needs a friend? A VW bug pillow, perhaps?

DIY: VW Bus Pillow, Part 1

After many pleasant minutes ogling fabric online for Zeke’s VW bus pillow, I ended up with a print I grabbed at whim at Gather Here (370 Broadway, Cambridge). The print is geometric & groovy, flower-like without actually being flowery. But I only found a wee scrap–a fat quarter! I don’t care. I’m forging on.

I considered using linen for the VW bus print, but fabric paint is tricky stuff, and I wasn’t sure how it would sit on linen’s bumpy texture. Instead, I went for Kona natural cotton and neon orange fabric paint.

Is it boastful to say that I found my VW bus stencil from a couple of years ago helpful? I printed it out and cut the freezer paper stencil following my own instructions (you are being kind and optimistic if you think I could have retained this information unaided). I will post the complete pattern for the pillow when I’m done (for future me!).

Fabric stacks for new projects

I have a green bookcase in my bedroom that I am really not fond of–what possessed me to buy a translucent green plastic bookcase? But I’ve decided to embrace the green and make cushions and a quilt with yellow, green and blues.┬áHere is a stack of colors for a yellow cushion. I am thinking of a simple squares of color around a center of off-white. All these Kona cottons were purchased from Marmalade Fabrics–my favorite online source for solids.


And here is a stack of colors for a quilt. It’s practically spring here in Florida (sorry New Englanders!) so these colors are perfect for a room refresh.


12 Fabrics for Happy Campers

The best part about planning/procrastinating about a sewing project? Fishing online for fabrics.

I’m on the lookout for something campy or woodsy that will work well with a VW bus homemade print (a revised version of this project). Campers will be happy: there are prints with faux woodgrain, forest creatures, tents and teepees, and summer skies alit with fireflies. Now I wish I had an Airstream to outfit. Here are a dozen prints that go great with s’mores:

L to R, top row: Teagan White, Fort Firefly, Critter Camp; Jay-Cyn Designs, Mod Basics 2, Knotty Bois Coral; Monaluna Circa 52, Woodland Party

Second row: Deena Rutter Scenic Route, Woodgrain Teal; Eric & Julie Comstock for Moda, S’more Love; Sarah Jane, Wee Wander, Glow Friends Sea

Third row: Jay Cyn Designs, Feather River, River Rally; Deena Rutter, Scenic Route, Trees Blue; Deena Rutter, Scenic Route, Critters Cream;

Bottom row: Allison Cole, Happy Camper, Teepees Orange; Allison Cole, Happy Camper, Woodgrain Orange; Teagan White, Fort Firefly, Jars Gold

Many of these prints are from Birch Organic Fabrics, which you can purchase at Fabricworm.com.

Valentine Lunch Box Surprise

Sweets for my sweeties! These valentine boxes are a snap to make. If you’re worried about pushing too much candy on your loved ones, don’t be. You can only fit about 15 M&Ms in a matchbox, a completely reasonable lunch box surprise for Valentine’s Day!

What you need:

red paper
glue stick
heart stamp (I cut mine from a pink eraser with an X-acto knife)
white ink pad

Here’s how:

Measure and cut red paper to cover matchbox. Glue one side at a time and press on paper. Trim excess paper. Stamp white hearts in whatever pattern you choose. Fill with (15) M&Ms!