Pizza Plush DIY

One of my favorite skill sets I have from living the “homeschooled-and-my-mom-is-an-art-teacher” life growing up is that my mom taught me to sew simple projects. I would make stockings for Christmas and hem pants. Then in my teen years, I started my own fashion label called FlipSide and sewed my own, uh, unique creations. Thankfully I am no longer sewing velvet panels into the sides of my pants, but I can still make a few fun projects with the sewing knowledge I’ve retained.

Since we’ve been adding some really cute touches to Elsie’s kid’s room lately (like these cactus plushand succulent garden plush DIYs), I thought it would be fun to create a pizza plush to add to the room as well! As sewing projects go, it’s pretty simple, but it looks totally legit once put together. Especially since we got to work with our friends at EverSewn sewing machines for this project. Not only are their machines cute, but they're super easy to use! And as a bonus, they're giving away one of their machines and a Starter Kit to one lucky reader! You can learn more about the giveaway below. Let’s get started!

Supplies:
-EverSewn Sparrow25 sewing machine
-tan duck cloth (1/2 yard should be plenty)
-white felt (1/4 yard)
-pink felt (small sheet would be enough)
-gold vinyl or leather
-plush stuffing
-tan thread
-fabric glue
-straight pins
-fabric scissors

I’ve used the Sparrow25 for a few projects now, and I’ve been so happy with its performance. For one thing, I love that it has the easy top loading bobbin thread (so much easier than the old style I grew up with) and a self-threading arm as well. It also has an extra high presser foot option so you can easily get bulky material under the presser foot. I also love when machines let you move the needle position right or left for optimal placement based on your project needs, and this machine also lets you adjust the speed slower or faster, which can be SO helpful in different situations. The EverSewn sewing machines can be found via this link or on their website with their find a local retailer tool. I also got the EverSewn Starter Kit that has lots of helpful little items (like my favorite tool lately, a pair of thread snips) to help with all my sewing needs.

First you’ll fold over your tan fabric and cut a large pizza triangle shape (make sure you leave about ½” around the edges for seam allowance). I made mine 16” wide at the top and 17” long down the middle. Round the edges of your triangle as you cut the shape with fabric scissors. Measure the circumference of your triangle and cut a 2” wide strip of tan fabric a few inches longer than the circumference (this will be the sides of your pizza).

Use the gold leather and white and pink felt to cut out shapes for the cheese, a crust, and heart shaped pepperonis for your pizza. Use the fabric glue to attach the cutouts onto the front triangle of your pizza plush, and then sew around each item with a corresponding thread color to secure. Doing projects like this is one reason I love the speed control on the Sparrow25. It can be tough to sew around the edge of small shapes (like the hearts) if your machine only goes full blast, and it’s a lot easier to get a clean, even thread line if you can go slow. You can see that since the leather is a bit thick, I didn’t have it go all the way to the edge of my fabric (like I did with the felt) so I could sew around the seam allowance without all that bulkiness in the way.

Repeat the process of pinning the sides to the bottom triangle of the pizza but remember to keep a 2-3” opening when you sew the bottom piece so that you can turn your pizza right side out when finished.

After you’ve sewn all the way around, pull your pizza right side out through the opening you left, and stuff your pillow to the density you like (you can also iron all the seams flat first to make the edges a bit more crisp). Once your pizza has taken shape, use a blind stitch to close up the opening, and your pizza is complete!

All photos by A Beautiful Mess

AGHHH! Adorable! As a pizza lover, this makes my heart so happy, and I love the little details of the gold crust and heart-shaped pepperonis. You can make this as big or as little as you like based on your room or kid size. How cool would a giant one of these be just for lounging? Sign me up. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I just got hungry for some ‘za… xo. Laura

How to Sew Mini Crib Sheets

Posted by Lovely Indeed

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I was so stoked when we found a perfect mini-crib for Baby #2, and then I realized that we needed mini crib sheets. Duh, mom. Turns out mini crib sheets are out there, but they’re all slightly different sizes and there’s just not as much selection when it comes to patterns or fabric. I sewed a bunch of crib sheets for Hank when he was born and just decided to bite the bullet and do the same for Baby Girl! I was actually kind of pumped to do it, because I had just teamed up with EverSewn and got to sew on their fancy schmancy newsewing machine. Hoooooo-boy, this thing makes my old sewing machine feel like cavewoman days. It’s totally intuitive and I set it up in a flash (even though I consider myself a very basic seamstress). It’s simple enough to navigate for little projects like this one, but I’m also planning some more in-depth projects to really test out the fun features it has. If you’re looking for a new machine I can’t recommend this one enough!

But seriously, let’s make my baby some crib sheets.

Materials

  • 1.5 yards of fabric
  • sewing machine and notions
  • 54″ of 1/4″ elastic
  • iron
  • safety pins

Make Time: 1 Hour per Sheet

Step 1: Cut your fabric. For a crib mattress that’s about 3-5″ thick, measure the top of the mattress and add 12″ to both the length and width. That’s how large a rectangle you’ll need to cut. Then from each corner, cut out a 4.5″ square.

Step 2: Folding and pinning right sides together on each corner, sew a straight stitch. Leave about a 1/2″ hem.

Step 3: Iron a rolled hem around all edges of the sheet. Fold the edges over 1/4″, and then over again another 1/2″. This hides all raw edges and makes the pocket that will house the elastic. You can fold and pin if you like; I’m more a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants gal and I just eyeball, fold, and iron as I go.

Step 4: Start sewing a straight stitch along the ironed hem. You’re going to sew almost all the way around, but leave an opening approximately 3″ wide unsewn. If you need to place a safety pin 3″ ahead of where you started sewing to remind yourself to stop, do that! I’ve been known to accidentally sew right on through.

Step 5: Measure and cut your 54″ inches of elastic. Attach the safety pin to one end. Gather your patience and start feeding the safety pin through the hem, inserting it through the 3″ area that you didn’t sew. Keep bunching the fabric up around the pin and feeding it through, pulling the fabric along the length of the elastic every so often. It’s smart to safety pin the opposite end of the elastic to the other side of the unsewn area on the hem; that way you don’t accidentally pull the elastic all the way through and have to start over.

Step 6: Once you’ve fed the elastic through and have a tail of elastic coming out of either side of your hem, sew the two ends of elastic together. Overlap them by about 1″ and sew a straight stitch back and forth a few times. Then pull the elastic throughout the sheet so that it’s evenly distributed.

Step 7: Finish your sheet by sewing a straight stitch along the 3″ of open hem that you didn’t sew. Be careful not to sew the elastic down with it as well!

Hooray! Crib sheets, any size you need ’em! I ransacked my local fabric store for all of the minty and aqua patterns I could find, and I can’t wait to show you how they fit in Baby Girl’s nursery. Soon, I promise! In the meantime, stay tuned for more fun sewing projects with EverSewn. xoxo

All photos by Lovely Indeed

This post is sponsored by EverSewn. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Sweet Dreams Pineapple

A pineapple is a regal fruit — after all, it does have a crown. It’s impossible not to think of a pineapple as a sweet and cheery fruit and the same sweet and cheery philosophy often applies to our pets too.

That’s why we wanted to make a cozy pet-bed for our pup that matched his sweet, cheery and regal personality. Using our, “if you dream it, you can make it” approached, the idea of our Sweet Dreams Pineapple bed was ‘grown’ and we think it suits our happy pup just perfectly!

Supplies (all available for purchase or ordering at your local sewing and crafting stores)

  1. EverSewn Sparrow25 Sewing Machine
  2. EverSewn Quilting Foot, Item# 321417008 
  3. Dog Base Pattern - Dog Napper, by Karen Massey/Southwest Denim Designs and More, Item# K106 (to make the bed base) 
  4. Bosal Dog Bed Foam, Item# BOSDB1
  5. In-R-Form Plus Double Sided Fusible 18" x58", Item# BOS49318
  6. *3 yds Dritz Boning - White 1/4" Item# D572-9 (optional)
  7. EverSewn Glass Head Pearl Pins #ES-CGPP
  8. EverSewn 6” x 12” Ruler #ES-QR
  9. EverSewn 45mm Rotary Cutter #ES-RC45
  10. PDF Download for Top Pineapple Pattern Pieces

Fabric for Pineapple only (does not include the fabric needed to complete the bed base)

  1. Main - 1 yd
  2. Lining- 1 yd
  3. Contrasting Fabric (pineapple crown) Fat Quarter

Cut:

  1. Main Fabric: Cut 2 sides, cut 1 back 
  2. Lining Fabric: Cut 2 sides, cut 1 back
  3. In-R-Form Plus: Cut 2 sides, cut 1 main, cut 3 crown 
  4. Contrasting Fabric: Cut 6 crown

Below are the instructions for making the top portion of the Pineapple Pet Bed.  Follow pattern Dog Napper, Item# K106, for completing the bed base.

Step 1: In-R-Form Plus Adhere In-R-Form Plus to wrong side of main sides and back fabric pieces. Repeat for the lining pieces.  The In-R-Form Plus should be completely covered on both sides by the main and lining fabrics. (To mimic the outside of a pineapple, quilt sides to form diamond shapes.)  Adhere the In-R-Form Plus on only one side of the crown fabric pieces. 

Step 1: In-R-Form Plus

Adhere In-R-Form Plus to wrong side of main sides and back fabric pieces. Repeat for the lining pieces.  The In-R-Form Plus should be completely covered on both sides by the main and lining fabrics. (To mimic the outside of a pineapple, quilt sides to form diamond shapes.) 

Adhere the In-R-Form Plus on only one side of the crown fabric pieces. 

Step 2: Sewing Sides and Crown (use ½ seam allowances) Pin and sew the 3 crown pieces with rights sides together.  Trim your seam allowance, turn right side out and press. Arrange and pin the crown pieces into the seam allowance on top.  Sew side and back pieces together.  Trim seam allowances.  

Step 2: Sewing Sides and Crown (use ½ seam allowances)

Pin and sew the 3 crown pieces with rights sides together.  Trim your seam allowance, turn right side out and press. Arrange and pin the crown pieces into the seam allowance on top.  Sew side and back pieces together.  Trim seam allowances.  

Step 3: Finish off the raw edges with Bias Tape and add Boning (To Make Double Fold Bias Tape: cut 2” wide strips of your choice of fabric. Sew the short ends together to make one long strip.  You will need 90” of strip length to run along the side and bottom edge.  Fold the long ends of the strip together.  Press to get a center line.  Unfold. Line up and fold the long edge of both sides to the middle line. Press. Fold again to center and press. ) Cup and sew the bias tape to the raw edges. Fold over at the beginning and the end to finish off raw end edges.  Cut a piece of boning the length of the curved open edge and slide into the bias tape to give the opening more stability.  To add even more stability consider adding an additional piece of boning along the bottom edge. The pineapple section of bed is finished.

Step 3: Finish off the raw edges with Bias Tape and add Boning

(To Make Double Fold Bias Tape: cut 2” wide strips of your choice of fabric. Sew the short ends together to make one long strip.  You will need 90” of strip length to run along the side and bottom edge.  Fold the long ends of the strip together.  Press to get a center line.  Unfold. Line up and fold the long edge of both sides to the middle line. Press. Fold again to center and press. )

Cup and sew the bias tape to the raw edges. Fold over at the beginning and the end to finish off raw end edges.  Cut a piece of boning the length of the curved open edge and slide into the bias tape to give the opening more stability.  To add even more stability consider adding an additional piece of boning along the bottom edge. The pineapple section of bed is finished.

Step 4: Putting Bed Together. Slide the Pineapple Top into bottom base of bed and you are done. Aww sweet success!

Step 4: Putting Bed Together.

Slide the Pineapple Top into bottom base of bed and you are done. Aww sweet success!