Meet my sewing machine.
My mother gave it to me when I graduated high school and she got it from a lady who had sewed for fifty years.
It doesn’t do anything fancy. It doesn’t sew zigzag stitches or monograms or loop stitches. It doesn’t let you set a pattern and walk away while it sews it. It doesn’t double stitch or triple stitch or fancy stitch or have a help center you can connect to on the machine.
But what it does is so much more amazing.
It sews a straight line.
Year after year after year after year it sews straight line after straight line after straight line without ceasing.
And it make the most amazing drop cloth pillows with pom poms.
Here’s the pillow on the couch in my family room. I was trying to cozy everything up for winter. Translation: I just left out all my Christmas decorations that could pass for winter and called it a day.
Please tell me I’m not alone.
I did add a throw and a pillow. A wonderful, glorious amazing pillow with pom poms.
You can make one in an afternoon even without a Laura Ingalls Wilder sewing machine like mine.
Here’s the step-by-step DIY.
1. Start by making pom poms
You can see how I make pompoms with my stocking project….here. The only difference with these pom poms is you want to make sure you leave a tail when you tie the pom pom. You will need it to sew onto the drop cloth.
I got this yarn at Hobby Lobby and I love it because of all the layered colors and other textures.
A yarn can make or break a pom pom.
2. Cut a piece of drop cloth
I think the best drop cloths are at Lowe’s.
You can buy a smaller size which is easily big enough to make several pillows.
You will need two pieces of 18″x 18″ square drop cloth.
3. Pin the pom poms onto the drop cloth
Take your pom poms and their tails and pin them about three inches apart on the drop cloth.
You want to pin the pom poms so they face toward the center and the tails stick out slightly over the edge of the material.
Continue pinning until you have pinned them all to the piece of fabric.
Then sew the pom poms in place.
4. Pin the top of the pillow
Once you have all your pom poms sewed, place the other piece of drop cloth on top.
Pin in place.
Make sure all your pom poms are inside the pin and leave the tails out.
5. Sew pieces together
This is the sewing machine in action. Make sure when you are sewing to leave about about a 10″ opening to be able to flip the pillow inside out.
See how it sews.
Just a straight line. A perfect, wonderful, dependable straight line.
6. Flip entire sewed drop cloth pieces inside out
After you sew the two pieces together, reach inside the 10″ opening and flip it inside out.
Make sure the corners are completely poked out.
Then, insert the pillow form into the 10″ opening. I like to use down pillow forms. They are so much cozier.
Next, hand-stitch the opening closed.
I know you might be sipping your coffee and thinking you don’t sew.
Just a word of encouragement.
It really is so much easier than it looks.
And you don’t have to be fancy.
You don’t have to sew zigzag stitches or monograms or loop stitches. Or double stitches or triple stitches or fancy stitches.
Because in the end?
All you really need is a straight line.
PS There is such a life lesson in somewhere in there I think.
Maybe I need more coffee to sort it out.
And now for a little more winter inspiration from some of my friends.
Click on the links below for some amazing projects and decorating ideas.