Hooray! I finally completed a finished product! I’ve been working on this since the beginning of the year and today I completely my first prototype, and I love it. It came even better than I thought it would, and I love that when I finished sewing up, the kids immediately both said, “I love it! Can I have it?” And I learned so much. Here’s what I learned along the way:
- I need to practice silk-screening more – getting better at burning screens and using the right pressure with the squeegee.
- I need to be more precise from the beginning. I need to make sure I cut an a nice even fabric square, from a pattern probably, and make sure I leave ample amounts of fabric outside the boarders of the design.
- I love picking out fabric, paint colors, and piping, and putting it all together.
- I learned how to make piping and sew it into a pillow with a zipper. There are a few ways to do this, but I’ve settled on the way that works best for me.
- Fabric is forgiving. Once I finished the pillow the tiny flaws became invisible.
- Not all fabric is equal. The heavier canvas material has the best weight for these pillows.
- Not all pillow inserts are equal. I like the squishier ones.
- Sewing these takes a long time. I can’t do the sewing myself if I’m going to make a number of these. I’ll have to to find a seamstress. But I do enjoy making the prototypes.
I can’t wait to bring my pillow to my Krypton group to get their feedback. Stay tuned!