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February Warm-Fuzzies

As the 14th approaches, and we anticipate one of the “warm-fuzziest,” romantic days of the year, February can feel, well – a bit cold, harsh, and drab. With the New Year festivities over and spring weather still weeks away, for those Pacific Northwest residents yearning for some blue sky, the shortest month of the year can feel like it’s the longest.

What better time for a DIY project that will bring some real warmth and fuzziness your way?  The faux fur trend in the Portland, Oregon area is still very much alive and well in early 2015 – not just to accent your clothes – but your home as well. The variety of faux fur fabric colors and patterns allow for sophisticated coziness or whimsical playfulness.  Why buy them when you can custom-make them to suit your home’s personality? Choose your room…choose your fabric…

I’m all for simple, and this is as simple as you can get: You’ll need a couple of yards of fabric depending on the size you have in mind and the amount you want to make, some pillow stuffing, pins, scissors, and your preferred sewing method (machine or just needle and thread). Shapes are encouraged: Square, Round, Rectangle…or dare I say it…a warm and fuzzy Heart?? It’s all up to you:

1) Draw your pattern and cut two of the exact same-sized shapes – (make your pattern about an inch larger than you’d like the actual pillow to be);

2) Turn each shape so both outer parts of the material face each other exactly and secure with pins;

3) Sew along the edge (approximately a ½ to ¾ inch seam) and complete roughly 80% of the shape. Some of this fabric can be too thick for a regular sewing needle and thread. Make sure you’re using stronger sewing tools when necessary (and if you use a sewing machine and your material has a thick pile, insert tissue paper or a plastic bag between the foot and the fur and use a zig-zag stitch to reduce the chances of snagging. Simply tear it away to remove it when completed);

4) Turn it outside-in so that the fur is on the outside and begin stuffing so that it feels quite firm. Don’t forget to push that stuffing all the way into the corners or hard-to-reach areas;

5) Fold in the excess edging and hand-stitch the remainder of the opening. Even beginners can take this fun DIY project on because the fabric is so forgiving. Any mistakes or crooked stitches are well-hidden within the furry material. And voila! You have yourself a custom-made warm and fuzzy pillow.

Have fun – Be creative – and Keep Warm!! Happy February!

 

Angela Hayes

General Manager

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