Featured Creativity

on January 10 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 45 Comments

January inevitably invites an urge to start anew and freshen things up a bit. These featured projects from the Sew, Mama, Sew! general photo pool bring to mind words like organization, fresh, clean and bright, and nicely complement our tidying moods! Are you inspired to whip up something new for your living room or work space?


Chair Cover by Stephanie, lealou

A neighbor gave this chair to Stephanie and, though it took a little time to get her nerve up, Stephanie had great success sewing her first chair cover. Visit her blog, lealou, for more details.


Fabric Basket/Organizer by Kim, Sidelica

This great fabric basket/organizer was a (handmade holiday!) gift. Kim used a pattern from The Small Object in The Crafter’s Companion. This design would be great for some new year’s organization, and reminds us a little of Suzanne’s fantastic bagsket tutorial in our Drawstring Bag tutorial compilation. Check out more of Kim’s gifts on her blog, Sidelica (we love those bookmarks!).


Bento Box Pillow by Sarah, (collective) sigh

Sarah was inspired to make this pillow by Lauren’s fantastic Bento Box Quilt. Sarah writes more about the pillow here; it incorporates wool, corduroy, linen and a variety of cottons, and makes us eager for Quilting Month!

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45 Responses to Featured Creativity

  1. Ekioart says:

    Wow, that chair looks great in the cover she made! I’m impressed ^-^ Now I might get up the nerve to do a couple for our chairs.

  2. Autumn Bagley says:

    To do list: Make more pillows to accompany the pillows on the couch, and friends.

  3. Mia says:

    The fabric basket organizer is awesome!

  4. Oiyi says:

    Love the pillow. Such cheerful colors.

  5. Joan says:

    I love everything, I keep threatening to quit my job so I have time to sew. The Bento Box Pillow is awesome. Keep the ideas rolling.

  6. must.make.fabric. basket!! thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

  7. sara says:

    I love the BagSKET! Such an unusual gift to make someone!

  8. Jane B says:

    How you manage to find all of these wonderful things just baffles me. Do you all ever sleep? Thanks for all the inspiration.

  9. Courtney says:

    I’m very impressed with all of these projects, but especially with the chair cover and the fact that it was a first attempt. Inspiring!

  10. andrea says:

    i just finished organizing all of my fabric and sewing supplies. It took a few days but it feels so good to have everything so neat and tidy and now my material looks like candy instead of a big mess!

  11. Becca says:

    Cool fabric basket!

  12. Carrie says:

    So glad to see you’re starting the year off right with more great inspirational projects! But I knew you would!!! Just need to add a few more items to my “to-do” list…

  13. Lynne H. says:

    I really like the fabric basket organizer….having a place to keep the stash is a keen idea!

  14. cakebaker says:

    I love that pillow! I will put it on my “someday” list…

  15. Karie says:

    I love the pillow!! How cool, I really need to get my self motivated to try quilting… so many cool projects out there…

  16. Julia D says:

    The fabric basket and bento box pillow are great!! I need new pillows formy couch! (actally I have plans for 5 new pillows this month!)

  17. Amy says:

    I love the Bento pillow–especially all the different types of fabrics!

  18. Linda Lehn says:

    Love that pillow, and Lauren’s quilt! Maybe someday I’ll get around to some of the projects I keep dreaming up! LOL

  19. Liz says:

    Beautiful stuff!! Such talent out there.

  20. Kristine says:

    That pillow is SO COOL. I’ll have to keep it in the back of my mind for later decorations…

  21. Kristin says:

    after all the great pillow tutorials i have been a pillow producing machine! but what do i fill them with? i want pillow inserts not just stuffing so i can wash the covers but the only place i can find them is pottery barn..i.e. expensive! any suggestions of where to get great pillow inserts?

  22. Heather says:

    The colors in the pillow are wonderful and the bag is delightful as well. They fall somewhere down the to do list…it keeps getting longer, I will never get done everything I want to sew and learn to sew. Maybe if I got extra arms I could do it…hmmm

  23. Joanne says:

    That pillow is awesome! It doesn’t look too difficult for me to handle either. Thanks.

  24. Robyn says:

    I am in love with the Bento Box quilt. IN LOVE.

  25. Samantha says:

    Everyone did a fabulous job!! I love that bag, and I’m VERY impressed with the covered chair! Beautiful pillow…………!!

  26. Cheryl says:

    Thank you for this beautiful inspiration. Makes me want to drop everything and sew something. Maybe one more load of laundry and then i’ll start.

  27. Beth says:

    Love all the cool ideas everyone has! The Bento Box Pillow is awesome!

  28. Joy says:

    The fabric organizer is just the thing I need!
    Not plastic & clear — it will hold things AND look good!
    What a wonderful idea!
    I can’t wait to start o

  29. Erica says:

    The bag from the Small Object is really unique; I had not heard of that site before. Thanks for sharing.

  30. Kristi Van Os says:

    Your site always amazes me! After looking a the flickr group, I have found the perfect gift idea for my college bound niece. Thanks for sharing!

  31. Cat says:

    I’ve always loved the Bento Box pattern. It’s so striking in those colors that I feel like I need to make a Bento Box quilt now!

  32. Dana says:

    That fabric basket looks like just the thing for the car…to hold little books, little toys, and little hats…hmmm…it might be a nice one to add to the “to do” list! Thanks for sharing all these great inspirations!

  33. Betty says:

    Thanks for sharing I love the fabric basket organizer. It is great to come across such great ideas from teh blogging community.

  34. lealou says:

    Thanks again Beth!

  35. Heather B says:

    The fabric basket/organizer is lovely. I could use one in every room!

  36. Steph says:

    I love the Bento Box Pillow!

  37. Kat says:

    I love all the modern looks.

  38. Libby says:

    There are several organizational items I would love to make. Using fabric and other textiles makes the organizational more pleasing to the senses. But the top picture with the simple blue pillow against a white chair definitely makes me want to declutter and simplify for a single object to be showcased.

  39. janet says:

    Love the fabric basket!

  40. That pillow is fantastic! What a lovely flickr group, as well. As always, it is great to have you finding the best of the crafting world for us all to enjoy.

  41. Mika says:

    The fabric box/organizer and the pillow are just splendid! Thanks for posting the photos!!

  42. Coralee says:

    very inspiring!

  43. Natalie Edwards says:

    I love the square pillow. The colors are beautiful. I really am feeling the need to clean and make new around here. But, I just haven’t had the time yet. I hope to soon…..

  44. Have I told you all lately how much I love this blog? Thanks for all the great posts. I can’t wait to see what you share with us next!

  45. heather w. says:

    oh i love that fabric basket =)

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