All the rage here at Laura’s Sewing School, we are having such fun and interest in making Amy Butler’s gumdrop pillows that I have scheduled a one day workshop for us to go wild and make them together. I will order the stuffing and patterns and you will purchase the fabric of your choice. You can see the details (dimensions, materials list) about the pattern on Amy Butler’s website.
These cushions are made of drapery weight fabric. You can find that weight of fabric here in Arlington, at Fabric Corner, at Freddy Farkel’s in Watertown (also known as Fabric Showplace) and online. Fabric Corner just ordered a large selection of Amy Butler home dec fabrics and they have received 12 of them! They will go fast, especially because they will be posting them for online sale, too. So, you may want to get there as soon as you can to pick up the fabric. If the weight is fine, it can be any brand of fabric. You just don’t want a fabric which is too loosely woven, or unravels easily. Fabric.com has a nice selection of Amy Butler printed twills if you want to use her fabric designs. There are 8 panels, all the same, which are sewn together like sections of an orange. They are packed with a LOT of stuffing. I found hand sewing the first one, Amy Lou actually did that work since it was her project, rather tedious. So, when I made MY first one, I used an invisible zipper to close the pillow once it was stuff. Much easier and quicker.
Kids absolutely love this pillow. They have found it as a great place to sit and bounce and roll on or off. Adults do find it useful as a footrest. You can make them with one fabric or two. If you cut it from one fabric, you fussy cut it, making sure that it is cut in the very same place on the fabric, for all the pieces. This makes interesting, kaleidoscopic patterns, especially if the fabric has symmetry. You can see this on both of Amy’s pillows. Even though I used 2 fabrics in the pillows for my nieces, I did cut all of the large-scale, patterned fabric in the same place. There is an octagonal patch on the top of the cushion. I fussy cut that, centering it on a flower or pattern.
I propose that the workshop be on Sunday, March 15th. From 10am-4pm. That should give us plenty of time to work and eat and stuff and finish one gumdrop cushion. The next one, you will be able to do on your own and much faster. I will provide the stuffing and the pattern. You provide the fabric, thread (good quality polyester like Gutermann or Mettler) and an invisible zipper in a matching color. The only part of the zipper to show will be the tab. Buy a 12-14″ zipper or longer. It will work for either size pillow. And, if you have to buy a longer zipper to get a color match, it is very easy to shorten. Better too long than too short! The Fabric Corner sells invisible zippers and the presser foot to apply it to your project. I just talked to them about ordering enough for all of you. The presser foot is adaptable to most sewing machines and can be used over and over again. It is reasonably priced and worth buying.
I will have to price out the patterns and stuffing. So, I will have to get back to you on the price for the class. I think that we can have 5, possibly 6 students for the day. Let me know if you want to take the class and I will let you know the price. If the 22nd of March is better than the 15th, let me know. I am flexible about the date. If you are available during the day, M-F, I could possibly meet with you for a workshop on a Thursday. I am excited about this project.