Although I enjoy sewing, I don't sew very often. I do get the urge now and then- times when I must get out the ol' Singer and create something.
I have been on a pillow kick lately. Here's one of my most recent creations, the Royal Elephant Pillow Cover. I was drawn to the image, and no wonder- in many cultures, the elephant represents grace, prosperity, power, loyalty, kindness, and wisdom. Who wouldn't want more of those things in the new year?
I found the pattern at sewdaily.com. It's free to download and print.
After cutting out the fabric elephant, I sprayed it lightly with spray adhesive to attach it to the pillow cover while I sewed it on.
The pillow cover is unbleached muslin. I cut out 16.5" squares, then stitched 1/4" seams to fit a 16" pillow form. I inserted a zipper at the bottom of the cover so I could take the cover off and wash it when necessary.
It had been a while since I had sewn a zipper, so I brushed up on the process with this tutorial by Make it and Love It. I hadn't used her method before, but it worked well for me.
I liked how the swirl in the pattern of the fabric seemed to fit in with where the elephant's eye would be.
I made two of these pillow covers- one with the elephant facing the other way. I had originally made them to be a pair, but they ended up being adopted in two different homes. :)
Royal Elephant Pillow may have been taken to some of these great parties.