June Package Pals

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hello hello!  Today's the day I can finally share with you what I sent my June package pal, Amy from The Little Beansprout.

As most of you already know, I have a thing for anchors, so you know I had to include one somewhere.  I've been wanting to stencil something onto burlap for a while now, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try it out.

First, I taped some 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper together, drew on my anchor design (to fit a 14" pillow form), cut it out, and pinned it to the burlap.

Abbie helped me use a Sharpie to trace it onto the burlap.  She's always all up in my grill when I'm crafting.  I usually have to push her out of the way multiple times because she's lying right on top of whatever I'm working on.  Uber annoying, but also kinda cute.  Love her.

I wanted a navy blue color but I didn't have one in my stash so I mixed a lighter blue with some black and white to make a color I was happy with.  Then I just grabbed a paintbrush and painted in the lines!

I sewed up a pillow cover with an envelope back and voila!

Honestly, the photos don't really do it justice.  I just love the way it turned out and thought about keeping it for myself!  Apparently, I have a thing for burlap pillow covers too.

From what I've read of Amy's blog, and from what she sent me (she was an early bird and sent my package a couple weeks before the deadline!), I gathered that she really liked vintage things.  So, I immediately thought of a line of fabric I've passed by multiple times at Hobby Lobby which has a certain vintage flair.  I kept thinking about what I could possibly make with these fabrics and came up with a fabric bunting.  Not that original, I know, but I've never made a fabric one before and thought it could be fun to make for her!

I bought 1/8 yard of 6 different fabrics and 1/4 yard of a contrasting fabric, then set about cutting triangles.  Each piece needed a back piece, a front piece, and a piece of interfacing.  I used a handy dandy template to make the cutting process easier.

Then I stacked them up (interfacing, front piece right side up, back piece wrong side up) and stitched along the two long edges, for each of the eight triangles.

After turning them right-side out and pressing, they were starting to look like something...

I had also picked up a yard of pleated trim at HobLob so I sandwiched each triangle into a 4.5" length of trim, along with some cream ribbon I had in my stash, pinned it and sewed along the top.

And there you have it - a vintagey fabric bunting.

Along with the pillow cover and the bunting, I also sent Amy a little pouch of Coke, Dr. Pepper and other miscellaneous bottle caps.  I've seen so many cute things using bottle caps that I was sure she could find a clever use for them!

Now, onto what Amy sent me!

An embroidered canvas, button magnets wrapped in a vintage hanky, and a vintage trim bracelet.

Of course I had to add the canvas to my gallery wall!

I love participating in Package Pals and meeting a new bloggy friend each time... not to mention getting a package in the mail is pretty darn fun.

Linking up to CRAFT!


  1. LOVE the anchor pillow!! Your gallery wall is fun too! Thank you so much for participating in June PP :)

  2. Exciting! I love the embroidered canvas- what a great idea! And the anchor pillow looks great!

  3. i love the idea of a package pal- how fun!

  4. I loved the anchor pillow! Love love love. What a great idea. I was so excited to recieve it.... Loved the bunting too and the bottle caps..... Oh so fun. Thanks so much, it was really fun.

  5. Wonderful pillow! Don't you love these gift exchanges!

  6. Love the anchor pillow you made your pal and loving your gallery wall!

  7. Love the cushion, what a great idea!

  8. I love the anchor pillow and bunting!
    Your embroidered canvas is absolutely adorable(:
    Swaps are so much fun!!!

  9. Such a cute package. I love the burlap pillow, absoutely adorable.