It was my very first time using applique. It's obvious (especially if you blow up the picture). There are all sorts of puckers. Corners and points are where there should be curves. One of my seams wasn't really a seam, and I didn't notice until too late...now I have to hand-sew it.
(If you care, the orange fabric is from a purse I made. It turned out well, but now I need to make something different for the fall/winter...and larger!)
Since this is for a child, I made the pillowcase removable, which wasn't part of the instructions. I thought that part turned out well. I had never made a pillow before, let alone a removable pillow cover that can easily be washed (if it doesn't fall apart due to my lack of sewing skills).
Pretty cool, I think. You might disagree, but that's probably because you noticed my lack of sewing skills. I must have been in a hurry because I can't stand that the pink border is next to the pink M. It just is not as well balanced as I would prefer. The overall size is 10x20. I am pleased with how it turned out, especially since I had not used a zig zag stitch before.
Next time I would:
- chose a variety of prints in one or two colors
- make the pillowcase removable again
- check all seams again...and again...before adding the next step
- make two inch square corners in matching fabric
- and make the borders match, but maybe contrast the square corners
- hopefully sew a straight line
- hopefully cut a straight line
You can buy the pattern at You Can Make This. It's a great resource, and you get free patterns for signing up for there newsletter. View the information for the Personalized Name Pillow here.
Even if you have a lack of sewing skills, like me, You Can still Make This. Ha ha! I just came up with that!