Hi, this is Mandy from Mandy Made. I am absolutely thrilled to be here. I love the CSI Project!

I am relatively new to the blogging community. I am a mom, I work full time as a middle school counselor, I own a small business, and I sew to preserve my sanity. Whenever possible I love to reuse fabrics and supplies that I already have, or that I can thrift. And I really do sleep too… really :)

Here is one of my favorite (and by far my most popular) blog posts from 2012. 

Seriously… this fabric is just plain yummy! Which is exactly why I could not resist jumping on the giant-floor-pillow-bandwagon. These pillows are fun for my daughter and her friends, incorporate my color scheme into the living room, and are not overpowering.

 

They are pretty simple to make and they are a great stash-buster. In addition to the yummy fabric; I used unwanted fabric from my stash pile, unused blankets, an unused mattress pad and even an old quilted grocery cart cover.  Plus I had some leftover stuffing from the loveseat project. This was pretty much like the fiber fill stuffing that you can get in large bags at the craft store. 

Both pillows are made from two large squares and four rectangles. For the larger pillow, the squares were about 36″. The smaller pillow was about 30″. The rectangles on the large pillow are 7 inches. That is the finished measurement (without seam allowance). And the smaller one is 6 inches without seam allowance. I used rather big seam allowances because I did not finish any of the edges. I sewed the rectangles to one of the squares with the right sides facing. Next I sewed the other square to the rectangles with the right sides facing. At this point I had an inside-out square with the side edges opened.

I sewed three of the edges closed. Then I stuffed all my stash-busters into the middle and tried to even it out. Last, I used the stuffing around the top, bottom and outer edges. I hand sewed the last side together. And there you have it:

Happy Sewing!
~ Thanks Mandy for being with us today! It was a pleasure having you!