Back To School Sewing

It’s that time of year again and I have to admit… now that my ‘kids’ are older, I’m not nearly as excited about it as I used to be !

Actually, I’ve only got one left in school and she is in university. She is taking a combined degree which means she’ll be in school longer than the other two and more   $$$  studying.

Since one of her majors is chemistry, I got really excited when I saw the Robert Kaufman fabric line called Science Fair.


I bought several 1 yard cuts and immediately got to work on some pillow cases. I used Ashley’s fabulous tutorial and tried french seams for the first time. They weren’t difficult and they made a much nicer finish to the seam and will not fray.



I let my daughter pick which fabrics she liked best and she added blenders from the local fabric shop for the cuffs and trim.


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The above pictures are from the print called ‘Formulas’ in black. She didn’t want to use this print because several of the formulas included mistakes. Do you think I should write Robert Kaufman ? I wonder if anyone else noticed, lol !


Well, she’s a very good student so I can’t really say that resting her head on these pillows will help her absorb her studies any better but at least they will brighten her room.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend.

linking up with Amanda for Finish it Up Friday.


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. a maiden hair fern
    Aug 21, 2015 @ 11:16:43

    What a fun idea! You’re almost out of students there 🙂 You’ll be sad when there are no more to make.



  2. dondim
    Aug 21, 2015 @ 11:21:29

    I doubt Robert Kaufman would do anything about the mistake. I found a spelling mistake on a fabric from a Moda line. The word ‘chain’ was spelled ‘chian’. This would make sense in China where the fabric was printed. I didn’t even get a comment back when I notified the designer of the fabric. Luckily, the word just never was used the way the pieces got cut. It does irk me, though, when these things happen. Accuracy is important, right? I expect things in print to be right unless it is supposed to be funny.



    • Colleen
      Aug 21, 2015 @ 17:08:35

      I’m surprised that a misspelled word got through the whole fabric design process. I certainly didn’t know that these formulas were wrong – it’s easy to fool me in that department ! Accuracy is important and that’s probably why my daughter didn’t want to use that print because she knew those mistakes were there 🙂



  3. allisonreidnem
    Aug 21, 2015 @ 11:47:28

    The pillows are great – my husband might spot the inaccuracies in the prints as he’s a chemistry graduate – I wouldn’t have a clue (ungraded at GCSE chemistry). We have our youngest child about to start his second and final year at college before going to university. It’s definitely mixed feelings for me, can’t imagine home without a youngster or three about the place but then I know it’s very gratifying to see that they can cope with the big wide world when they leave. Have a lovely weekend, Allison



    • Colleen
      Aug 21, 2015 @ 17:17:58

      Thanks Allison, let me know what your husband says about the formulas.Yes, you are right about watching our children move off and do well without us. I’ve heard it said that if parents do their job right they will find themselves out of that particular job (parenting). It certainly does take some getting used to once they leave home though and it’s a good thing we have our sewing and other interests.

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  4. Abigail @ cut&alter
    Aug 21, 2015 @ 12:41:43

    Lovely pillows you have made there. There is such a wonderful array of fabric available now isn’t there? It made me laugh that your daughter noticed a mistake ….



  5. Heide
    Aug 21, 2015 @ 13:54:13

    Too cute, I just finished making a pillow case for my Son, a Chem major, using the same fabric! His Birthday is next week and the pillow case will be a small gift for him.



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