Monday, August 13, 2012

Little Patchwork Pillowcase and a Giveaway

Zakka Style Sew Along
Welcome to this week's Zakka Sew Along project: the Little Pocket Pillowcase, designed by Meg Spaeth of elsiemarley.com.

Little Pocket Pillowcase
When Lindsey asked me to be part of the Zakka Along, I basically begged her to let me do this project. It has my kids written all over it—they love cute little animals, and they especially love cute little animals that come with their own homes, beds, and/or carrying cases. So, a cute little animal that can be stowed in its own pocket on a cute little pillow? Three-year-old-girl heaven, I'm telling you.

This project is from the book Zakka Style, compiled by Rashida Coleman-Hale, so you'll need the book to make it. Lindsey of LR Stitched has spent the last several months running a sew-along of all the projects in the book, and this post is part of that series. Click here to catch up on all the posts.

Little Pocket Pillowcase
This pillowcase might be more involved than the average Zakka Style project because of the diamond patchwork, but even so, most sewists should be able to make it in a solid evening or two. I used Essex Linen in Putty by Robert Kaufman for the body of my pillowcase, winter-white felted wool for the bear, and an assortment of pink and green scraps for the patchwork.

The first thing to tackle: The diamonds, which are used for the patchwork pocket, the bear's tummy, and the patchwork piping. The book provides a template for cutting out the diamonds, but that is a lot of template cutting. I found it much easier to cut the diamonds from strips. Here's how I did it:

1. Cut strips 1 9/16" wide. Yes, that's a crazy measurement. No, my ruler doesn't have 1/16" marks. I just lined it up between the 1/2" mark and the 5/8" mark. Trust me, it'll work. : )

Patchwork Pillow diamonds
2. Line up the 60-degree mark on your ruler with the bottom of the strip and trim off the end of the strip on an angle.

Patchwork Pillow diamonds
3. Measure 1 7/8" over and cut another angled line using the 60-degree mark on your ruler. Ta-da, you have a correctly-sized diamond.

The most challenging part of this project for me was the piping on the pillowcase—I've never made piping before, so this was all new to me. The book says to use 1/4" piping cord, but that seemed awfully chunky to me for such a little pillow, so I went with 1/8". Even the 1/8" cord seems wide to me, but that might be because I have no idea how to make piping, so I didn't get the fabric casing very tight around the cord. LOL.

Little Pocket Pillowcase
The bear was very easy to make and turned out so cute. You'll want to have a chopstick on hand for turning and for jamming stuffing into those little legs and ears.

C and Barry

As you can see, my daughter really loves this bear—she named him "Barry." (Well, I think she meant "Beary," but we won't quibble over spelling.) All in all, this was such a great project! And based on my daughter's very positive feedback, I recommend it as a gift for the little girl (or boy!) in your life. : )

As part of the Zakka Sew Along, I'm giving away some variety packs of lovely Aurifil thread, which you probably already know is the bomb. Three winners will get an Aurifil thread pack, and one lucky winner will get an Aurifil thread pack and an Aurifil color card! Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.

And finally, don't forget to check out Lindsey's post for her Zakka Along giveaway—this week, it's a fat-quarter bundle of the Le Femme line by Robert Kaufman. Plus, link up your own Little Patchwork Pillowcase for a chance to win even more prizes. Enjoy your pillowcase!

199 comments:

  1. I love the color choices on your pillow case! Great job. And thanks for the tip on cutting the diamonds!

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  2. I love the litte diamonds- thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. Piping, yeah, haven't made piping since 2010 and it wasn't very tight back then, either. Thanks for the chance!

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  4. i still haven't tried Aurifil, but would love to if i was lucky enough to win!

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  5. I love the diamonds and colors.

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  6. Very cute and I love the fabric. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  7. Okay, that pillow is adorable. It's totally going on my list of christmas gifts to make!

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  8. My little girls will go nuts over those.

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  9. The diamonds look really fun to work with! Your daughter is sweet;)

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  10. What cute gift for a little person!

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  11. very cute! love the fabrics. thanks for the chance:)

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  12. Gorgeous! One of my favourite projects so far!

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  13. I love to make piping and this project is super cute! My little g.grand sweetie is going to love this (make now/give later as she is just 1 y.o.). That thread is absolutely the BEST!!!! Makes FMQ so wonderful and the colors are gorgeous....awesome give-away and start to the week!!! Hugs, Doreen

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  14. Fun project -- I might have to try it.

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  15. I have a granddaughter who just turned two in July. This is going to be part of her Christmas present.

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  16. I try too, I would like to try thoose wonderfull threads. I live in France, in case I win, I can pay the shipping costs if you want!
    Best regards from France

    Séverine

    unemerceriealacampagne@orange.fr

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  17. The little bear is just about the size for a little one's hands.

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  18. How cute! I have a feeling my niece would like this very much...

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  19. Love this! the bear is so cute!

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  20. A pillowcases with a pocket! What a unique idea!

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  21. What a great way to cut the diamonds! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Cute! My daughter would love this.

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  23. Cute project, Lee! I'd like to be able to try out Aurifil threads.

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  24. I would love to win some of this thread! Thanks so much, and your daughter is adorable!

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  25. What a cutie! And the bag & bear are cute too.

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  26. I agree..little ones love softies that come with their own little nest. Cute project!

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  27. aww thanks for the chance, I love what you created!

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  28. I've been dying to try some of that thread-- thanks for the chance! What a cute pillow (and daughter!)

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  29. Really sweet - thanks for sharing. I just happen to have a little grandgirl who will love this too!

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  30. This is so helpful ~ thank you! You made such a sweet pillow with bear. Your daughter looks so happy and proud. It's HERS!!!
    Thank you for the chance to win the thread!

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  31. Such a cute pattern, I love those diamond shapes. Thanks for the chance to win the thread.

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  32. such a sweet little girl with her bear.

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  33. Lovely pillowcase! Your little girl looks so sweet. Would love to get some aurifil thread! Thanks for doing the giveaway.

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  34. love the patchwork pillow! Thanks for the chance to win the thread! eatkin85@yahoo.com

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  35. Turned out really cute. Thanks for sharing this.

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  36. Super cute pillow and so beautiful fabrics! Thank you for a give away!

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  37. Your little pillow turned out so sweet, and your piping doesn't look like a first attempt!

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  38. So cute. Love that bear. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  39. Loving all the Zakka goodness being created everywhere! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  40. Aw, how adorable! (The project is cute, too, he-he!)

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  41. Barry and her new owner are very cute. The pillowcase is lovely, too!

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  42. I have 4 little girls in mind for the bear pillow case. Cute.

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  43. What a cutie! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  44. I wish I had a cute little 3 year old to model for me! Thanks for the chance to win some thread.
    Linda F

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  45. What a cute little project! Thanks for the chance to win some of that awesome thread! :)

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  46. Really cute! I would like to learn to make piping, this may be a good project to give it a try.

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  47. What a gorgeous project. It certainly sounds like something that my three year would love love love!

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  48. Adorable.. The bear and your dearest daughter.. I love the colors of those patches

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  49. I love the colours, you have chosen! Definitely my colours :))) I do have kids too, a little older but (12, 11, 9). Nevertheless they want the cushion and toy ;)

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  50. Your pillow is adorable. I'm ready to begin mine, and am happy for the diamond cutting suggestions!

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  51. Love the photo of your daughter--bet she loves the little bear!

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  52. Very cute! Great idea. Every kid will love this.

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  53. It is an adorable project and clearly your daughter loves it. I love diamond patchworks, your ruler tips are great.

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  54. Thanks for sharing your experience with the piping cord. I haven't made piping before either, and I also thought the 1/4" cord sounded too big. I will definitely try something smaller!

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  55. Such a cute project and your daughter is adorable. Aurifil is the only way to go!

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  56. Adorable! Your little girl and the project! Can't wait to try this! And when making piping, the Piping Hot binding tool really helps! That, and a zipper foot. Unfortunately, I loaned mine out and have never seen it again!

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  57. Oh wow, your pillow case looks great, and your bear is so cute! I should have come here first, I made mine last week. I did spend ages cutting out the diamonds and my bear turned out rather... strange!

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  58. Nice job on the cute pillowcase and bear. I can imagine that a little kid would just love them.

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  59. So cute! I have the book and a 2 YO granddaughter...time to get started on this project.

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  60. Adorable pillowcase and bear. Great tip on cutting diamonds!

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  61. Such a cute pillow... for a cute little girl! Thanks for this giveaway!

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  62. Very cute! Definitely could see this as gifts for the little ones in my life!

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  63. I couldn't agree with you more, aurifil is the bomb in my book. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  64. I sew both pillowcases and little bears as charity projects. I never thought of putting them together!! Just wonderful.

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  65. Very cute pillow. Having retired to Mexico, I would love to win the prize. I didn't know that supplies would be this hard to get in a small town.

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  66. great pillow Lee...thanks for your condolence last week. I would love to win this thread...wonderful prize.

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  67. Adorable! And love your color choices.

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  68. Gorgeous. My first attempt at those diamonds was.. well they didn't turn out like they should. I ended up making one with a nice hearts print. Now after reading your review I'm going to give it another try :) thank you for your tips and the chance to win.

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  69. Gorgeous. My first attempt at those diamonds was.. well they didn't turn out like they should. I ended up making one with a nice hearts print. Now after reading your review I'm going to give it another try :) thank you for your tips and the chance to win.

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  70. Gorgeous. My first attempt at those diamonds was.. well they didn't turn out like they should. I ended up making one with a nice hearts print. Now after reading your review I'm going to give it another try :) thank you for your tips and the chance to win.

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  71. That little bear is adorable! Nice work on the piping!

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  72. I love the diamonds! And, yes, this is little girl heaven :) I would love to make this with a guinea pig in the pocket (you can find Flat Bonnie on Etsy - like that) to give to my guinea pig-loving friend for her upcoming birthday :) Thanks for the post and the giveaway!

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  73. What an adorable pillowcase! Thank you for the giveaway, too.

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  74. Love the pillowcase and love auriful!

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  75. Such a cute bear! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  76. I love the little diamond carrying case. So cute!

    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

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  77. I looove auriful. Thankies for the awesome give away :)

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  78. Adorable! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  79. What an adorable project! Thanks for the tip re: making the diamonds. I chuckled when I read the measurement. I trust you :)

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  80. I love this pillow! I really need to make one for my grandson!

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  81. That pillowcase is adorable, the little diamonds really make it. Good job on doing piping for the first time!

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  82. This is such a cute project. Your daughter looks very happy. Also, I'd love to give this thread a try.

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  83. Very cute, both the project and the recipient :o)

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  84. great project - thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

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  85. Lindo,lindo,obrigada pela chance.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  86. No giveaway entry for me, just wanted to say how lovely the pillow looks!

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  87. I have a niece that would love one of these cushions, having the little bear makes it so adorable. I would love. love, love to win some Aurifil, having hear dso much about it I would love to try it. If I won I could pretend it was my birthday.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  88. Thanks for the info on cutting diamonds! Your daughter looks so darn cute with her bear!
    Thanks for the giveaway. Aurifil is surely the best thing ever!

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  89. I think the little boy in my life would love this too! How sweet!

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  90. Very very cute :) I have a great nephew who would love this.

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  91. I've never tried that thread before. It would be fun to try some. Thanks for the give-a-way. Nyla-Jean, quilt.knightly@yahoo.ca

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  92. The pocket is such a cute idea.

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  93. Cute! I plan to do sweet girl version as well :-) Yours is lovely!

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  94. I'd love to win the thread. Thanks for the chance.

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  95. So cute! And those diamonds are just awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Good Luck, Everyone!! :)

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  96. Maybe I haven't won anything because I've been waiting to win this fabulous thread! Thanks for the chance!

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  97. The diamonds are fabulous! thank you for the giveaway!

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  98. This looks like a great project! My neice would love something like this. I have never tried Aurifil thread but have heard great things about it. Thanks for the great giveaway. ksanderson@hotmail.ca

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  99. Wow your pillow case and bear turned out so amazing! I haven't picked my fabrics yet to make this one but now you have inspired me :) Thanks - and thanks for the chance to win too!

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  100. he bear is adorabl. I'd love to try out the aurifil thread.

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  101. I love the diamond pattern! How did you come up with the measurements for it? I'd love to do a diamond pattern on a pillow or something.

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  102. Geary cute bear and extra cute daughter:). Thanks for a chance to win some Aurifil thread.

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  103. Aurifil has a color card? How did I not know this? Awesome sauce.

    lwghosts at yahoo dot com

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  104. Very cute! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  105. I've heard great things about Auricular thread and I'd love to try it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on making piping for the first time!

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  106. What a great give- away!
    I love those little diamonds!

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  107. So cute! My son would love this!

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  108. Love the pillow and the little bear! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

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  109. That bear is so cute! I need to make one now.

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  110. Would love to see what all this Aurefil hub-ub is all about! Love the pillow and bear pounch Im working on matching teddy bear sleeping bags for my two little girls right now.

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  111. I've heard so much about this Aurelio thread...am dying to give it a try!

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  112. I would love the thread. I have been wanting to try it.

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  113. I know you recommend it for a cute little girl like the one you have, but I have a grandson that will love this too. I hope my new Essex Linen gets here in time. I have some $20.00 yd linen and I love him, but I am saving that up. This has been fun, now that I have caught up.

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  114. I have tried other threads but Aurifil is far superior to any of them! awolk at rogers dot com

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  115. I've read so many good things about Aurifil thread; I would love the chance to try it out for myself. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  116. Thanks for the chance to try Aurifil thread!

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  117. OOOh I LOVE Aurifil thread. It is so fine and sews pefectly,

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  118. I enjoyed reading about your project. I would love to win some thread.

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  119. I enjoyed reading about your project. I would love to win some thread.

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  120. Sooo cute! I'm definitely going to give it a try.

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  121. The fabric you used in the project is adorable, as is your little one!

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  122. I love the bear! She is so cute holding the bear! I love Aurifil so thanks for the chance to win!

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  123. That is adorable! I love the photo of your daughter loving her bear. We have a "beary" at our house too.

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  124. What a cute project. I have 2 great neices (twins) who would love this.
    Great giveaway!! Would love some aurifil thread!! Thanks for the chance
    to win!!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  125. Thanks for the tip on cutting the diamonds. And thanks for the chance to win.

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  126. Adorable project for an adorable girl!

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  127. I love the built in pocket on the pillowcase. Adorable!

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  128. Lovely, lovely thread! I've heard so much about Aurifil thread, but have not tried it yet.

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  129. An Aurifil thread pack!? That is SO awesome! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

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  130. This is soooooo cute. I don't even feel like I need a pattern, I can make up my own animal and pillow cases are easy!

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  131. Your pillow carrier and bear are adorable, and look so cuddly. They'd be nice to sew for grandchildren too. As for Aurifil thread, you're right, "It's the bomb." Still my all-time favorite. Thanks for the chance to add spools to my thread stash.

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  132. What a cute project and an adorable little girl!

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  133. That's such a lovely patchwork pillowcase/carrier satchel - such pretty fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win some Aurifil, I have just discovered how amazingly fantastic it is.

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  134. I would love to try out some new thread.

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  135. I was afraid you were going to try to take the bear from that little sweetie! (and it's obvious Barry belongs to her!) Thanks for the chance to win.

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  136. Thanks for the great cutting tip and giveaway :)

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  137. Your little girl looks so happy with her pillow and bear . Great project . Love the colors you used .

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  138. Very nice fabric colors in there. Im sure your little one enjoys what her mom did. Thanks for the cutting tip.

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  139. Great tip about the diamonds, would never have thought of that, gonna have to bookmark this post in my techniques folder.

    Just shared the post on my Facebook wall.

    Hugs
    Naomi

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  140. Love this project & will have to make one for my youngest granddaughter.

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  141. Cute, cute. and love the thread too.

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  142. your pillow case is adorable, like your daughter! thank's for the chance to win, i don't use this kind of thread, maybe it's time for me to try it!

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  143. This is way cute. I had picked this as one of the projects in the book that I wanted to make. Unfortunately, I have a ton of stuff from the last couple of hops that I am working on and I just know if I start this now it won't get finished. I am hoping to make one for my granddaughter for Christmas. I also want to try the Aurifil thread but my local shop doesn't carry it and I haven't wanted to order it due to shipping costs. Hope I win.

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  144. Your pillowcase looks great! Thanks for the diamond tips.

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  145. Love the diamonds and the colors. You have a very cute daughter :) Thanks for the diamond tips and the giveaway!

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  146. My grandaughters made bears simlar to yours
    for a suummer sewing class with me. They gave
    one to a new cousin, the other to a friend's
    baby shower! Wallets are next project!
    Thanks.

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  147. HI! VERY CUTE PROJECT!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  148. Very cute barry and very cute girlie.

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  149. Oh I know loads of little girls who would love this!

    I've just discovered aurifil. Thanks for the chance to win

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  150. Very cute project! And thanks for the chance at the giveaway. I love Aurifil.

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  151. I've never tried Aurifil, but I hear it's lovely!

    And I LOVE Barry! :)

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  152. Have never tried Aurifil...great opportunity!
    Meghann Connor
    meghann@connorartistry.com

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  153. Great giveaway ... I have not yet tried Aurifil, but have heard raves about it ... thanks for the chance to win and try it out

    mommy2madeline@hotmail.com

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  154. I'm so excited that I already own the book. Your version is just darling! Would love to try the Aurifil too.

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  155. What a great little bag! Love the diamonds!

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  156. I like your idea to cut the diamonds ! Thanks !

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  157. i love the little bear! so cute! and the aurifil is just beeeeutiful. thanks for the giveaway!

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  158. I would LOVE to try this thread everyone is talking about, but not available to me locally, XXing fingers that I'll win!!
    Jann

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  159. who can resist the cuteness of that bear?! what a great project.
    the aurifil is just a bonus!

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  160. How adorable! What a great project. :D

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  161. Lovely little barry bear! Thanka for the giveaway!

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  162. Ow barry looks so cute! I'm happy to see that your daughter loves him too:)
    andri_chama(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  163. I keep coming back to you to look at your hexagon and diamond project. You also inspire me by your use of bright fabrics. I'm now a new follower. tubakk@online.no

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  164. thanks for the tip on cutting the diamonds. It would have taken forever with the template!

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  165. I'm bummed that my kids are so old now, as that bear and pillowcase are great. Not sure I can send my son to college with that!

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  166. love the colours in your pillow and love auriful!

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  167. very cute project and I love aurifil !!

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  168. What a clever idea for a pillowcase!
    nlczerw(at)gmail(dot)com

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  169. So darling my 4.5 year old daughter would love this!

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