Friday, June 3, 2011

The Last Day of School: A Log Cabin Pillow for the Teacher




Yesterday was the last day of school for my 3rd grader.  In his classroom, his teacher has a nice reading area for the kids including an overstuffed chair, a bean bag and several large pillows.  In the interest of giving a useful gift, I decide to make another pillow for the classroom collection.

My first idea was to use a class photo printed on those colorfast fabric sheets for the center of the log cabin, but my class photo from field day wasn't up to par for that. Then I thought I was very clever and would use wordle for the center, again on the color fast fabric sheets. But as I was printing out the wordle, I read all the disclaimers as to laundry/care and decided that was not a practical option for a pillow to be used by twenty some third graders. (The package that I had indicated it was machine washable, but cold water with no soap and air dry. Only fabric softener could be added to help remove the dirt. If any of you have used these sheets I'd love a recommendation since reading all this scared me off!)

Finally I chose  599 numbers by Henley Studio for Makower Fabric for the center of the block pillow.


Other school themed fabrics that I used for this were by Timeless Treasures (the cursive print...no other info on the selvedge.) and the chalkboard print is Classtime with Talluah by Nancy Wolff for Robert Kaufman.  The blue fabric with the state of Minnesota shown is from Alexander Henry's This Land is Your Land fabric.

In addition to these, I used a scrappy mixture of some of my favorite bright and modern prints including Tula Pink ladybugs, Anna Maria Horner pink cathedrals, Robert Kaufman Metro Modern, Lizzy House Red Letter Day, Jennifer Paganelli, Punctuation by Sandy Klop and a bit of the new DS Collection for JoAnns.
I am linking up with Amy Lou Who's Sew & Tell Friday...be sure to check out all the projects that others are sharing today! Happy Weekend everyone!
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18 comments:

Needled Mom said...





That is so perfect for a third grade classroom. You did a beautiful job on it with the perfect fabrics.

beth said...





Really nice pillow! Perfect for a school classroom!

Lisa said...





Very cute pillow! The fabrics are perfect.

Cecily said...





I love it! How pretty! I like the contrasts of the fabrics.

QuiltinMama said...





What a wonderful, useful gift instead of the typical doodads and such my kids give their teachers. I'll have to remember that for NEXT year...thanks for sharing your talent and design!

Sherri said...





Love the pillow...what a perfect gift!

Lula Dahl said...





It looks great!

quiltilicious said...





What a nice idea for a gift for a teacher.

sewmeow said...





Great pillow, and your fabric choices were ideal.

Sara said...





Love your choice of fabrics! Looks nice and comfy.

Poppyprint said...





What a perfect gift!!!

Kim D. said...





Very cute pillow, those fabrics couldn't have been more perfect. Love it!

Chris H said...





That was an excellent idea .. the cushion is lovley.

Septiembre said...





Que bonito, alegre y vistoso ha quedado.
Perfecto.

sewkatiedid said...





super cute and I love the state in there!

Cille said...





I really like the prints - perfect for a classroom :) the teacher must be one happy teacher now...

Michele said...





I LOVE this pillow! What a wonderful gift for a teacher :-) I have some of the cursive fabric and I love it. Thanks for the names of some of the other fabrics. I'll bet that's one happy teacher!

Katie said...





About the fabric sheets-- what really matters is the type of ink your printer uses. Epson printers that use Durabrite ink are waterproof, and don't run. Unfortunately, the color isn't quite as vivid as the non-waterproof inks. I've made patches sewn to t-shirts, and they wash (repeatedly, without any special care) just fine.