First of all, our sincere apologies for making the Sewing Merit Badge contest so complicated! We got rid of the Rafflecopter element so now all you have to do is submit a photo. If you’re just catching up though, here is the deal. We are having a Teach a Friend to Sew series for 7 weeks (this is the second week.) Whether you are teaching a friend, or learning to sew, you can participate in the series and earn chance to win great prizes!

We have this wonderful sewing machine to give away to one winner!

Pfaff Passport 3.0

It is the Pfaff Passport 3.0 (which isn’t even available in stores yet), valued at $799!

We also have three gift certificates–1 for $75 and 2 for $50–to an online fabric shop of the winner’s choosing!

Here’s how to enter:

  • Throughout the contest you can earn virtual merit badges by posting a photo of each week’s challenge in the InLinkz widget (link party) below. The challenge represents a stepping stone to become a better sewist. Each week you have one more chance to earn an entry in the contest by completing the challenge and submitting your photo.  By the end of the contest you could have 7 entries!
  • The challenge this week is to Make a Pillow! Whether you are teaching someone or learning to sew, you can post a photo of a pillow you’ve made and earn an entry in the contest.

Pillows are very often the first project a new sewist tackles, whether they are 5 or 45. There is nothing more basic and versatile than sewing 2 pieces of fabric together and stuffing it with something! If you have some experience, you can make a pillow with piping, or try inserting a zipper. You can also make a square pincushion, which is like a tiny pillow–for pins. If  you’re looking for ideas, here are some great tutorials to inspire and teach.   Once you’ve made a pillow, don’t forget to post a photo below!

How to Make a Basic Pillow and Finish it with Binding

Add a Zipper to Your Pillow

Linda Mae Pillowcase With Snaps

Back to School Pillow Tutorial

Big Stitch Quilting + HST Pillow Top Tutorial

Trapunto Snowflake Pillows

Pet Bed Tutorial

Modern Mix Pillow

Urban {Hug} Pillow 

How to Sew a Pillowcase: School of Sewing PDF Excerpt

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