Sewing a 18 by 18 Pillow from Scratch: Absolute Beginner Tutorial

18 by 18 Pillow

Sewing a pillow requires extreme beginner skills. Like, know how to thread, pedal and sew away.

I love making pillows because of that and I’ll teach you so that what you buy is only filling or you can reuse your filling.

I didn’t show how to cut the 18 by 18 square because I know you know what and how to do it. In case it becomes confusing, you know how to get me.

Comments and a subscriber to my blog and vlogs. You’ll learn a lot.

Join your fabric right sides( pretty sides) together. Unfortunately, my pillow’s cover is white and finding the right sides isn’t easy.

TIP: If you have a fabric which doesn’t have right and wrong sides, pick the side that you like. I picked the softer silkier side. It irons without burning. Use cotton it’s an easy beginner fabric.

 

The Opening

After turning through the space you left, fix the corners to your desire. Those that refuse with your seam allowance.

TIP: Iron this fabric when inside out so that you can have the raw edges well managed. You’ll see why( Watch the video).

Time for the Fibre. This is the fun part. Because you’re done.

Tip:

Don’t over fill your pillow with fibre unless you want to hand sew it shut. Or else fill it accordingly or as firm or as limp as you can.

Because we’re going to be closing with the machine, we won’t go overboard. See, when I told you to iron, we need that seam nice and flat like the pic above.

Now, top stitch shut or hand sew shut. If you like to know how to do a ladder stitch, there’s a video on Youtube by Made to Sew which is so easy and beginner friendly. Check her out.

Tip: A ladder or slip stitch is so awesome as it hides the stitches unlike the top stitch which will show. Pick accordingly.

I choose the top stitch as this pillow will be in a pillowcase which can be washed.  Continue reading

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Pillow Business in Kenya: The Love of Sewing and Decorative Kikoi Pillows

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Hair Scrunchies(bands) Made in Kenya for Kenya.

    You gotta have one of this, IN DIFFERENT COLOURS.

 

Those hairs out of the face and you think of hair scrunchies. And they are available near you in Kenya made by a Kenyan mama. Right!. Make an order for this at an awesome wholesale price of half a dollar, save money. Buy one at a time to build your stash.

I have variety of colours available and ready to ship within and without the Kenyan borders.

Hair scruchies(bands) commonly known in Kenya are a hair staple for not only high schoolers but also adults( gym) days.

Black ones easily disappear that’s why building a number over time is crucial as they add a hair statement too.

These are velvet scrunchies. But the varieties is head spinning.

Find us on Facebook at Gertie’S Creations, Baby and Laundry. We love hearing from you. On email too and soonest doing a You tube tutorial so you can make yours.

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Bed Pillows in Kenya: An assorted array of Kikoi fashion and style.

Pillows, not only decorative make a home attractive, stylish and welcoming. A bed pillow makes you want to sleep at night and rightfully so, after a long day.

What if when you want to sleep, the smell becomes overbearing because of the stuffing inside? Or the filling is too thick because of being filled with crap making your head or spinal wonder if sleep is to be painful or painless and relaxing.

A good not too firm pillow allows for you to have a restful night because your spinal cord is well aligned hence no sleep problems, neck pains or any associated errors.

When aging, we need to keep staying “straight” knowing that becomes impossible. What a better way to ensure that than a comfortable pillow.

When filling the fibres, they are evenly and equally distributed. There won’t be any lumps and holes in your pillow.

We also allow for a refill of the former pillows. We do launder and reuse your pillow fabric if you ask us too. To cut down the cost and environment doesn’t need more trash. This is at affordable rates.

You can request for your pillowcase to be as exotic or as simple as possible… depending on what you’re looking to achieve. In your home or hotel.

Furthermore, the more colours you have the better. That creates for a home that’s easily customisable( mix and match).

Pillows add an edge to luxury in your home. Why not make an order? Follow us on Facebook page at GertiesCreationsbabyandlaundry to see the pictures and items we make.

Place your order and ask for detailed customisation that reflect your style, decor. Recommend the fabrics to use too. We deliver worldwide but shipping rates apply.

Allow for two business days please and if sending or ordering for an exotic fabric, three days would be fine.

Create comfort and style for your home or business with pillows. We love you and hoping to hear from you with your pillow enquiries.

 

 

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How Mtwapa Shocked me: Life in Mtwapa 2.

The Cappuccinos. Want that khanga Moby wrap? Give me a call on my Facebook at Gertie’S Creations.

Our Kiddos are cute regardless. Fancy that tailor made blouse? You know it’s only 1500.

Mtwapa is a place to relish a lot of things. But, if you aren’t prepared for the beauty of Sodom and Gomorrah, My Friend.

Okay, I thought I had blogged about Mtwapa 101, like Part 1. No, of course, I didn’t.

I am for all humans to interact while living harmoniously. Mtwapians have surpassed interaction and harmonious. They are graciously spreading their wings globally. The number of interracial kids in this town, CAPPUCCINOS, is too high for any in Kenya.

These babies are cutest, the residents say. “I love cappuccinos because they are very beautiful”, another lady said to me. ” I believe all babies are cute, this is how branding starts early on without us knowing”, I said. “No, you don’t get it”.  She was already speaking of business before I asked her what she really meant.

Then it dawned on me, MONEY. It’s  all for the money. ” I date white men for money, I can’t struggle like you with a tailoring shop making peanuts while I’m used to having half a million monthly from wazungus”. ” Why do you work anyway?”. I felt this an insult because I’m used to working and my hubby isn’t an atm, he would tell you. He never gives money unless it’s  to a charity or I’m in a fix!. Then he would “support” noisily. Also, I believe in working. Those who don’t work don’t get to eat.

This convo kept on, I had a whole day as I was making her pillows and some repair clothes. Mzungus are good because they give money. Which African man gives money like that? That clicked something in me. ” I have always had freedom when I work, I don’t like to be bullied when it comes to finances. When a man’s money is incoming, I wouldn’t say no because who doesn’t need more? The lady thought for a while after I said, “Money you work for will be the sweetest ever satisfaction as a woman, the others just make you feel useless and small. Still she thought I was a joke because after all, how did I meet my mzungu husband? If not somewhere in Kilifi, Mtwapa? She may be thinking.

In broad daybreak, you see very beautiful lasses. Well clad, faces well lit with cakes of makeup well manicured on their lawns. Others have “skin tanned” to be more visible. Don’t forget the men here have well chiseled chests and muscles which scream, “Baby, nishike please, nakutamani”.

Forever looking 21, forever looking manicured. It was a big surprise for them to see me, more than plain Jane, two matutas ( cornrows, lines) and walking as if I live at the beach each day in my flip flops. Darling, no one gives a damn when you look weird, unkempt and a tailor.

They even offer suggestions for my hair, nails, shoes and makeup.

Want to hear more of my tales? Life in Mtwapa isn’t coming to an end soon for me, until … .

YOU STOP READING, MTWAPA is fascinating.

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Upholstery Pillows in Kenya: A good fabric choice?

Upholstery fabric beauty pillows? Really? I thought this was Kitenge?

Upholstery fabric tends to be plain coloured or plain boring. I picked this because it gives a home a feel of excitement and total versatility.

I love the art of mix and match especially with pillows and home decor. Don’t you? One colour tends to be boringly( I coined this one) annoying.

This pillow is 18 by 18 the outer fabric is 16 by 16. I love how tight it appears in that, don’t you?

This sells at 600 shillings only. With the white fabric only at 450 shillings if buying more than two and 500 for one.

Next time you choose upholstery fabric for your home decor choose thicker piping or coding of a different or matching colour. It helps break the boredom and coarse texture in most upholstery fabrics.

NOTE:PIPING: Rope used around the pillow. Or you can mix a kikoi or ankara and upholstery fabric. I am yet to try the yummy mixture.

Give this a try and reach to me.

Two days shipping( business) and it’s worldwide. Shipping charges apply. 

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Crazy Pillow Rage in Kenya : Versatile Kikoi Pillows.

    Kikoi can make pillows? Wooow!I’m in love! How much? Did you know one Kikoi fabric could, can make these cuties?

 

Oh well, a fibre pillow through and through( polyester) covered with quality white cotton fabric for durability. Then coated with kikoi for the beautiful lush elegance. Who would say no?.

They are 18 by 18 selling at a competitive price of 450 when white only, if buying more than two at 400.

Upon using Kikoi magic, it’s 700 per pillow. Being white, means you have a universal colour. That means whether these decorative pillows are for bed, a wall bench or couch, you can mix and match them for their elegance.

The blue edging and the tassels make the room pop in shine and invite.

I doubt you are going to resist the versatility of The Kikoi, more so when used as a throw decorative pillow.

I cannot wait to hear your opinions. Don’t forget I ship worldwide. Don’t be left out.

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2 dollar Jobs: How to Successfully Slave Away on Upwork in Kenya.

The internet is all the rage, online writing work all the accomplishment for a Kenyan.

Upwork a dream come true.

I started on Freelancer with no information about how online works.

I love it when I have to research on anything. So, I continued but got useless jobs which were wasting my time.

I ”quit”. Went to Elance where all the ”good” clients were to be found. It was an exciting time. On bidding, I couldn’t keep up with the waiting.

So, I turned my cheeks away,  to something else.

The question about how to make money online other than a writer became a lingering pain plus nightmare.

I began asking myself why and how to find exciting jobs where I can offer expertise of customer service. I am passionate for good service, I want to be treated KING.

Ranting. 

On brainstorming ( I think at night), haha – when the world is quiet.

I came up with the idea of working for people at home as a customer service.

I had a lot of niches in my mind. I usually have extreme interests. I had to find the best ( FREELANCE TOURS AND TRAVEL).

You can plan your safari with me!

I contacted a few tours and travels who either ignored me or simply said, ” We have enough workers already”.

I never gave up.

No, I needed experience and that’s how I found a book called, Bootstrap VA (go read it whether you want to be a VA or not) and got excited.

I keep a copy of the ebook for guidance or vision. It has the best reviews on Amazon by the time of checking.

Now you know a bit of the story.

I brought this story up to help show you how far I have come from.

Did I mention my significant other had a tough time convincing me to quit?

And how I became a pain in his … hahaha. He can attest to that.

Starting online needs a little of guiding ( a LOT of guidance). I love encouraging.

No one guided me except my tragic way of looking at life:

ALL WILL WORK OUT FINE NO MATTER HOW MUCH DIRECTIONLESS, VISIONLESS I AM.

It does, when something is too hard for me, I know: This is where my success is, because I will fall, dust, fall, dust until I get it. Like reaching for the apple at 5 foot 2. You know.

I want this guide to help you visualise your online direction.

Show you to show passion and dedication and how you will create wealth by informing others, inspiring them to stick to their journey.

You will get:

  1.  How to survive the slaving away on Upwork
  2. Doing 2 dollar jobs and how they affect your esteem as a Kenyan. (You dreamt of life as a Bourgeois now you are a salivator).  

3.  Why you must do the 2 dollar job when you haven’t created a name for yourself online or Upwork. 

4.  Why I went back to Upwork for the 2 dollar jobs I abhorred in my earlier years of freelancing. 

5.   Why you mustn’t waste time on the 2 dollar jobs. (Hypocrite!!!). Find out why I am.

Looking forward to the guide?

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You want to quit the rat race?

COMMUTING CONSUMES, CHOOSE HOME.  

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How to get started as a freelance writer in Kenya: Tips, Techniques and Tricks.

Freelance writing in Kenya is the ”hottest” trending news about work online. As a freelancer writer, Freelancer, Upwork and Guru come to mind. Right?

I would love to help you get work as a freelance writer. In this blog post you will get:

  1.  Who is a freelance writer?

2.  Who pays a freelance writer?

3.  Tips for being a freelance writer in Kenya.

4.  What I have learnt and keep learning as a Freelance writer in Kenya.

5.  Am I a Native English speaker or a Non-Native as a Kenyan?

6.  I have too many grammatical errors in my samples, can I still be a writer?

7.  Bidding is the hardest job I have ever done, how do I get hired? I am so passionate about writing.

8.  How do I start being a freelancer in Kenya?

9.  Teach me how to start being a freelancer in Kenya.

10.  I want to earn a side income. Is writing, can writing do that for me as a Kenyan?

11.  Speaking of writing, I wanted to start a blog. Can this create for me an income? Or is a blog in another category?

12.  I am getting two-dollar jobs on UpWork, should I take them?

13.  Can I really make it to a full time income online?

14. Tips, tricks and techniques for being a freelance writer.

15.  Freelance writing as a business: taxes, loans and managing your funds.

I will explore for you how I got started freelancing. Why I stuck with it despite earning zero. What have I done to earn money. What I needed to improve to earn money.

I will also help you with a free editing service for your writing to use as a sample. Only the first five ”signees” to my blog.

I am hoping to hear from you with questions which can be thrown my way at my email or by commenting or becoming a blog subscriber.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY BLOG POSTS UPDATES.

Tomorrow, we will explore your rights as a Kenyan: to vote and to non public disturbance and what to do in case someone is a public nuisance.

Tell me what you would love to know apart from making money.

On Saturday, we will explore making money with a blog in Kenya. The potential earnings and even creating a blog for dummies in Kenya.

NOTE:    1. I use a lot of research in my blogs.

2. Personal experience and years of trying this and that.

3. After all the saying and writing, I do ask you to go back and research.

4. Because, things change, information last year is not guaranteed information this year.

5. Update and better yourself always.

HOT TRENDING NEWS IN KENYAN FREELANCING WORLD. 

Why I decided to take 2-dollar freelance writing jobs after years of turning them down.

Why this is a lesson you must learn from.

Why you must listen.

Want more?

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Recycling for Money: Turning Waste into Gold in Kenya.

I have promised since 2015 to write an in depth blog post on recycling and making money. Guess what? The post is packed with ideas of what to explore and how to begin. Around you there is gigantic waste that needs to be collected.

Think along the lines of:

  1. plastic bags
  2. plastic bottles
  3. soda cans
  4. glass bottles
  5. beer bottles
  6. car tyres
  7. bottle tops
  8. toilet paper rolls
  9. sacks
  10. clothes.

And the list goes on and on and on.

The question you must be asking is: How do I upcycle these things to make gold? Make it appealing to the eyes?

How can I make people appreciate the beauty of used things?

How do I make money from these recycled things?

Well, I have packed for you a tutorial blog post. I am sorry for not curating it sooner so you don’t have to wait.

Otherwise, please add a list here for things you would love to see recycled.

I love ideas. How much are you willing to recycle?

Do you believe the recent plastic bags ban will help deal with a Clean Environment?

Should more be done?

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