Treat yourself to a spa retreat in your own home. Sew a coordinating spa pillow cover, eye mask, and body buffing pad. If you have an embroidery machine, embroider a message across the pillow. Otherwise, have a word or monogram embroidered for you by a friend or purchase an embroidered word. Apply decorative rub-ons to a pump soap dispenser filled with body wash to complete the set.
Finished sizes: 8" x 14 1/2" Pillow
3" x 6 3/4" Eye Mask
4 1/2" x 5 1/2" Loofah
Skill: 2 Time: 3 Cost: 3
You will need:
SPA PILLOW COVER
• One 8" x 14 1/2" covered rectangle spa pillow with suction cups
• One yd. 44-45"-wide small scale print fabric (binding)*
• One terry cloth bath towel
• 18" of 5/8" white hook & loop tape*
• Optional: Embroidery machine with accessories, tear-away stabilizer
• 1/4 yd. 44-45"-wide small-scale polka-dot print*
• Cotton batting*
• 1/2 yd. of 3/8"-wide elastic
• Iron-on, tear-away stabilizer*
• Piping or zipper foot
• Bodkin or safety pin
• Optional: Pinking shears
• Loofah mitt (4 1/2" x 5 1/2" loofah area)
• 6" x 7" terry cloth
• 1/2 yd. 44-45"-wide small-scale floral print* (binding)
• 1/2 yd. of 1/2"-wide webbing
EMBELLISHED SOAP DISPENSER
• Liquid soap or body wash in plastic bottle with pump
• Rub-ons with wooden stick*
• Decoupage medium*
• Gloss sealer*
• Bowl (larger than soap bottle)
• Rubbing alcohol
• Cotton ball
• Kitchen towel
• 1" flat paintbrush*
• Sewing machine
• Matching thread
• Rotary cutter & mat
• Hand-sewing needle
Iron & board, pencil, ruler, scissors, straight pins, tape measure
*The following products were used for these projects: Crate Paper Season Collection rub-ons • Delta PermEnamel clear gloss glaze • Loew-Cornell paintbrush• Making Memories Doodles rub-ons • Plaid Mod Podge • Robert Kaufman fabrics • Sulky Totally Stable Iron-on, Tear-Away stabilizer • The Warm Company’s Warm and Natural cotton batting • Velcro Soft Sew-On fastener • Wrights piping.
Note: For more product information, see end of article.
• Print full-sized templates here.
• Use 1/2" seam allowances unless otherwise indicated.
• Sew pieces with right sides together.
• Follow manufacturer’s directions for all products.
• See photo for details and placement.
Spa Pillow Cover
STEP 1: Measure pillow insert & embroider towel. Remove cover from spa pillow. Measure pillow insert lengthwise and crosswise. Add 1" to each measurement for seam allowances. Record measurements. For pillow front, mark off size of rectangle at one end of towel with pins, allowing 2" extra on each side.
Note: The embroidered word shown here measures 5" long and lower case letters measure 1" high. Use options to have towel embroidered with word "Relax." If you have an embroidery machine, hoop a piece of tear-away stabilizer and baste terry cloth towel to stabilizer inside hoop, allowing enough room around hooped area to cut determined rectangle from towel after stitching is completed. Select letters and embroider towel. Remove basting stitches and tear away stabilizer.
STEP 2: Cut pillow pieces. Use measurements from Step 1 to cut pillow front from embroidered towel, centering embroidered word or monogram inside rectangle. To determine size for pillow back rectangles, divide shortest measurement for determined rectangle in half and add 5/8" for a center overlap. The lengthwise measurement is the same as for pillow front rectangle. For this pillow, the following calculation was used:
9" (width of pillow + 1") ÷ 2 = 4 1/2" + 5/8" (for overlap) = 5 1/8"
Cut two pillow back rectangles from towel (5 1/8" x 15 1/2" for pillow shown), so one long edge of each rectangle is placed on side selvage of towel. This will eliminate bulk at center overlap on pillow back.
STEP 3: Attach hook & loop tape. Cut hook and loop tape to length of pillow back rectangles. Pin hook side of tape to right side of one pillow back rectangle, 1/4" from long selvage edge. Stitch in place along both long edges. Pin loop side of tape to wrong side of remaining pillow back rectangle, 1/4" from long selvage edge. Stitch in place along both long edges. Join hook and loop tape, aligning edges of rectangles on sides. Measure pillow back rectangle to verify that dimensions are same as pillow front. Note: If measurement is off, trim as necessary or adjust overlap of hook and loop tape.
STEP 4: Sew pillow cover. Pin pillow front to pillow back, wrong sides together. Pin curved edge of pillow corner template to one corner of pillow and trim, following edge of template. Repeat for remaining corners. Stitch pillow front to back 1/2" from outer edges.
STEP 5: Attach suction cups. Remove suction cups from original pillow cover. From small-scale floral print, cut two 2"-wide bias strips 5" long. Fold each strip in half lengthwise and press. Unfold. Fold one long edge of strip in to meet center crease line. Press. Repeat on other side. Refold at center and pin long edges together (Figure 1). Stitch close to folds on both long edges of strip. Insert one strip into loop of a suction cup and slide suction cup to center. Pin ends of strip to top edge of pillow back, 3" in from side. Repeat for second suction cup on opposite side of pillow. Baste ends of strips in place.
STEP 6: Apply binding. From small-scale floral print, cut a 2"-wide bias strip, long enough to bind edges of pillow, plus 10". Fold strip in half lengthwise and press. Unfold. Fold one long edge of binding strip in to meet center crease line. Press. Fold remaining side over to 1/8" from fold. Press crease. Refold at center as in Step 5. Unfold binding. Starting 5" from end of binding, pin binding to outer edge of pillow cover front. Stitch on 1/2" fold line, leaving 6" unstitched at ends. Bring binding ends together at center of the unstitched area. Fold one end up at a 45 degree angle and fold the other end down at a 45 degree angle (Figure 2). Press the fold lines. Align the fold lines, pin, and stitch on the lines (Figure 3). Trim the excess binding 1/4" from the stitching. Finish stitching the binding to the pillow cover. Fold the binding to the back side, folding the raw edge under along the fold line. Stitch in place by hand.
STEP 1: Cut pieces. Use a tape measure to measure around your head at location where eye mask will be worn. Subtract 7" (the length of the eye mask, plus 1/2") from this measurement. Cut a piece of elastic to this length. Cut two 4" x 8" rectangles each from fabric and batting. For strap, cut from fabric one 1 3/8"-wide strip 3" longer than elastic.
STEP 2: Make template & layer pieces. Trace template onto iron-on, tear-away stabilizer. Cut out. Fuse template to right side of one 4" x 8" fabric rectangle. Layer fabric with template right side up over a rectangle of batting and stitch layers together, following outline of template. Set aside. Align remaining rectangle of fabric and batting together. Stitch together 1/2" from one long edge. Set aside.
STEP 3: Attach piping. Pin piping around eye mask template. Starting 5" from end of piping along top edge of eye mask, align stitching line of piping with stitching line around eye mask template. Baste piping in place by hand, leaving 6" unstitched at ends. Stitch in place by machine, using a cording foot or zipper foot. Trim end of piping, leaving a 5" tail. Remove stitching for 5" on each end of piping. In same way as joining binding at ends, bring fabric ends together at center of unstitched area. Fold one end up at a 45-degree angle and fold other end down at a 45-degree angle. Press fold lines (Figure 2). Align fold lines and stitch on lines (Figure 3). Trim excess fabric 1/4" from stitching. Reposition cording ends along fabric strip and trim off excess, butting ends together. Wrap fabric around cording and baste piping along remaining length of eye mask. Stitch in place by machine. Remove template.
STEP 4: Make strap. Fold strap strip in half lengthwise with right sides together. Pin. Stitch 1/4" from long edges. Turn strip right side out using a bodkin or safety pin. Press. Pull elastic through fabric strip using bodkin or safety pin. Stitch elastic to fabric strip 1/4" from ends. Adjust gathers along length of elastic. Pin an end of strap to center of each side of eye mask outline, aligning stitching lines. Stitch across strap two or three times.
STEP 5: Sew eye mask. Pin rectangle of fabric and batting basted together in Step 2 to eye mask, aligning stitched edge with upper edge of eye mask, and placing fabrics right sides together. Be sure strap rests in center of eye mask. Note: Outer edges of rectangles may not align. Stitch layers together, using a piping foot or zipper foot, and following outline of eye mask. Stitch on top of previous stitches; leaving a 5" opening across top for turning. Trim excess fabric and batting a scant 1/4" from stitching. Use a pinking shears or scissors to notch outer curves. Turn eye mask right side out and press. Slipstitch opening closed.
STEP 1: Cut & layer pieces. Use pattern to cut one piece each from loofah mitt and from terry cloth. Layer terry cloth piece over loofah and baste 3/8" from outer edges.
STEP 2: Make handle. Cut webbing in half. Layer pieces and pin in place. Edgestitch along long edges of webbing layers. Position end of webbing strip at center of one long edge of puffing pad on terry side, matching raw edges. Pin along stitching line. Place palm of your hand on terry side of buffing pad and stretch webbing across top of your hand to center of opposite side. Mark webbing where it hits stitching line and achieves a comfortable fit. Pin webbing in place at stitching line. Baste ends of webbing to sides of buffing pad and trim excess webbing.
STEP 3: Add binding. From small-scale floral print, cut a 2"-wide bias strip, long enough to bind edges of buffing pad, plus an extra 10". Fold strip in half lengthwise. Press. Unfold. Fold one long edge of binding strip in to meet center crease line. Press. Fold remaining side over to 1/8" from fold. Press crease. Refold at center (Figure 1). Unfold binding. Starting about 5" from end of binding, near a corner of buffing pad, pin binding to outer edge of terry cloth side of buffing pad. Stitch on 1/2" fold line, leaving about 5" unstitched at ends. Bring binding ends together at center of the unstitched area. Fold one end up at a 45-degree angle and fold other end down at a 45-degree angle. Press fold lines (Figure 2). Align the fold lines and stitch on the lines (Figure 3). Trim excess binding 1/4" from stitching. Finish stitching binding to buffing pad. Trim about 1/8" from outer edges of buffing pad to reduce bulk. Fold binding to back side, folding raw edge under along fold line. Stitch in place by hand. Press binding.
Embellished Liquid Soap Dispenser
STEP 1: Prepare soap container. Fill a bowl with hot water and soak bottle of liquid soap in water for about 10 minutes to loosen existing labels. Dry bottle and pull off adhesive labels. If any adhesive residue remains, press the sticky back of label against adhesive on bottle and pull off again. When all adhesive is removed, clean bottle with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol. Dry bottle.
STEP 2: Cut out rub-ons. Cut desired doodle and flower rub-ons from the selected sheets, allowing some excess acetate around the edges for holding them in place.
STEP 3: Apply rub-ons. Position doodle rub-on over front of soap dispenser with stem of design centered at bottom of bottle front. Use the wooden stick to rub surface of the acetate over the rub-on image to transfer design to bottle. When design is completely transferred, remove acetate sheet. Position flowers rub-ons on the bottle as desired, being careful not to overlap images with previously applied design. Transfer flower rub-ons to bottle one at a time, using wooden stick.
STEP 4: Seal rub-ons. Using a paintbrush, apply a thin coat of decoupage medium over the rub -on images. Let dry. Apply a second thin coat of decoupage medium over first coat and let dry. Note: The decoupage medium will seal rub-ons and prevent inks from bleeding. Clean paintbrush. Squeeze three stripes of gloss sealer over rub-on images and brush out, leaving a thick layer of sealer over rub-ons. Do not over brush or brush strokes will be apparent. Allow to dry. Let piece cure for 10 days.
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