Saturday, April 2, 2016

Early Bird Night Owl Pillow

Are you an early bird or a night owl?

You know, of course, that the early bird gets the worm!

But the night owl loves to stay up late, and nights can be its most productive time.

Whichever you happen to be, I have a pillow for you! Look, it's an Early Bird (worm included) on one side...

... but if you flip it over, it's a Night Owl!

This is what I've been waiting to show you and what those of you who don't follow my Instagram account have been patiently waiting to see after I showed you the box of supplies. I tested the Early Bird Night Owl Pillow pattern that was designed and written by Larissa Holland of the mmmcrafts blog. Quite charming, isn't she (aren't they)?

When Larissa asked me if I would like to test her pattern, I was thrilled! I knew it would be a fun one, as well as well-written, because I've sewn a couple of her creations before. You can see my Tooth Fairy pillow here, made from a free tutorial, and my Wee Mouse Tin House here, made from a pattern I purchased from Larissa.

As expected, the pattern was excellent! You can see that there are many details to the pillow, and Larissa thought of everything in making the pattern work perfectly. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. It's recommended for intermediate sewers, because it's good to know your sewing terms and have some experience sewing curves and doing hand embroidery when making this pillow.

I had so much fun making this! I love doing applique, so I got plenty of that. Larissa sent most of the supplies, which I really appreciated. Another good thing is that she even marked which fabrics should go where. I was delighted to see that, because you who've followed me for a while know that I'm a slow decision-maker, and that saved me lots of time. I also got good practice threading my sewing machine, because I used at least a dozen different colors of thread. :)

The other testers and I gave our feedback and offered a couple suggestions for changes, which Larissa took into consideration to improve the pattern, and she herself made many prototypes, so this pattern is fantastic, and you can purchase it HERE . You can read Larissa's blog post about it HERE.

I decided to give the pillow to Courtney for Easter (because I just KNOW she needs more stuffed critters - ha!). Here's a shot of her holding it, to give you an idea of its size.

I highly recommend this or any of Larissa's patterns. You won't be disappointed!


annie dee said...

So cute. Glad you included the photo with Courtney. The stuffie is bigger than inwas thinking!

Grandma G said...

Thanks! Yeah, it was hard to tell just from the pics of the pillow itself, so Courtney happily obliged. :)

Megumi said...

This is so lovely! Thank you for holding it, Courtney, I just wondered its size and I saw the photo below!

Geneviève Thiffault said...

Courtney seems really thrilled with her Easter gift. 😊 It's good to see the size comparison too.

Once again, nice work! 👍

Grandma G said...

Thanks, Megumi! I will pass along your thanks to Courtney. :)

I think she liked it a lot, Gen, especially that she could flip it over... and over... and over... :) Thank you!

Megumi said...

Hi, I showed my mom this page and she's gonna order the pattern and another one of Larissa's! (I have to do that process for her.) Thank you for your recommendation! And my parents said Courtney really looks like your daughter!

Grandma G said...

That's great to hear, Megumi - all of it! :) I hope your mom loves the patterns!

LiEr said...

Awwww. That's so cute. Especially the worm. Prolly the only caterpillar thing I'll ever find adorable! And yeah, it is a lot bigger than I thought! It looks like a very fun sew- I love all the details!

Grandma G said...

Thanks, LiEr! Oh, yeah... the worm! This one is a nice one. ;) Definitely a fun sew!