I've worked for Martha off and on over the years. These days I'm freelancing with the Crafts Dept.
I am a novice sewer for sure. I can sew a basic stitch forward and backward. That is about it. The prepping for sewing is often intimidating. Before I can start sewing I have to clear out the room, consolidate all messy piles of paper into totems of peace, and quiet all distractions. Then I can lay out my fabrics to measure and cut.
Although it is great to find the most interesting color or fiber content at the fabric shop I often long for the most direct solution which involves looking around the house and reusing something. Rather than endlessly consuming more and more fabric it is a great idea to breathe life into something worn out or tired.
The "easy tuxedo pin-tuck pillow" from the new "Encyclopedia of Sewing and Crafts" is just the right project for me. I love that the project is "predetermined." You're already half way there with the design embedded in the material. Even if you don't have a pin-tuck shirt, I think any shirt would look great, including t-shirts with a pocket. I also appreciate the subversion of the tuxedo shirt into something softer and casual.
Maybe this summer I will recycle some stained shirts I have been hoarding into these pillows.
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