Every now and then, I feel like I should update you on how projects hold up to the wear and tear of life beyond the pretty pictures on the day of project completion. The beautiful gumdrop pillows, for example, have fared pretty well considering the amount of jumping and smashing they’ve encountered over the last 18 months. However, the hand-stitched seam on each of the pillows popped within just a few months and the pillows have been spilling their fluff for ages. When a purple capless marker bled all over one of the pillows, I finally got the motivation to remove all of the fluff, (wash), and fix up the popped seam.
In a matter of minutes, I reinforced the seam with a little interfacing and added an invisible zipper. If the gumdrop pillows are still on your to-do list, I highly recommend that you add a zipper to close the pillow up instead of handstitching it. This will ensure that the seam doesn’t pop, the cover is now removeable for easy washing, AND it allows you to stick your hand inside and fluff/adjust the filling every so often. You can find an informative video tutorial on installing an invisible zipper on the Grosgrain blog.
I’m wondering how long it will take me to fix the other two pillows. Maybe I need to send the kids upstairs with more markers and some chocolate milk??