I’m Sarah.

After graduating college, I worked as a TV news reporter at an NBC affiliate outside of Chicago. I then retired from that life to be a stay at home mom to my three little ones. While at home I was able to rekindle my love for decorating and crafts. A blog seemed like the perfect place to share those ideas. There is inspiration everywhere, I hope you find some here.

{guest post} shag pillow tutorial

{guest post} shag pillow tutorial

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Hey guys, I am enjoying some time with my family on vacation, so I have a couple of guest bloggers this week. These girls are amazingly talented and are sharing some of my favorite things they have made.
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Hi, it's Doranda from Watch Out for the Woestman's and I am excited to be doing my first guest post!  I read Sarah's blog everyday so it is a great opportunity for me to now be posting on it.  Enjoy.
This tutorial explains how to make a shag pillowcase.  It is easily the coolest pillow we own.  It is so soft and comfy.  Just looking at it makes me want to lay down on the couch.  Maybe that is not such a good thing.  This pillow case is pretty easy to make but it is very time consuming.  At least for me it was.  I figured that if I got paid about the same as my husband per hour to make this pillow it would be worth somewhere around $400.  This took hours/days to make.  It was simple to do but took way longer than I thought it would. Keep in mind I am a beginner so it will probably be faster for you.
Materials needed: for 18" shag pillowcase cover
1-2 yards by 60" of Jersey fabric
1 18 1/2" square (can be jersey or other matching fabric)
2 18 1/2" x 12" rectangles (can be jersey or other matching fabric)
sewing machine
matching thread
1.  Start cutting strips down the length of the fabric (about 60") that are 11/2" wide.  I started with 22 strips and almost had to do twice as many more.  I would suggest starting at 20 and then cut more later if you run out.  
2. Cut each strip into 3 1/2" pieces.  I did this while watching tv.  It takes a while.

3. Take the 18 1/2" square and draw lines across the entire thing each one 3/4" apart.

4. Start sewing the shag on making sure to leave about a 1/2 on all sides.  Just grab a piece stick it on and sew right down the middle of it.  I did a stitch or two between each piece and it turned out pretty full.  Don't worry about it being exact.  Just follow the lines you drew.

5. Fold those over and do it again on the next line.  Keep going until you are done.  This is the most tedious and time consuming part. It took me several hours.

When you are done it should look like this.

6. Take the rectangle and fold over one of the 18 1/2" sides.  Then fold it over again, iron it, pin it, and sew it.  Repeat this on the other rectangle.

7. Place the rectangles on top of the square right side facing the shag.  They should over lap each other.  Now pin it.  This can be a little tricky because you have to keep all of the shag in.

8. Once you have it pined just sew around the edges and you are done.

Like I said, easy, beautiful, but very time consuming.

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