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|No Pattern Used: Pillow Cover (Pillow Cover) - Type:Home Dec|
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pillow front (gallery view)
pillow with coordinating quilt in background
Also, here are two shots of side views so you can see how the embroidery blends with the backing fabric:
side view 1
side view 2
For the cushion top I made use of a piece of crewel embroidery work from Bucilla. The pattern is called "Floral Hearts." I had saved the completed piece, left over threads, and the directions in a project box. I completed the actual embroidery piece in 2005. I don't usually remember this kind of thing but I have a particular reason in this case.
My original plan was to make a windowcovering but my husband's back started giving him trouble. Rather than risk making his injury worse, I started looking for decorative pillows on Pinterest and found many that I liked.
During the search, I saw embroidered pillows that brought this finished crewel work to mind and then I noticed that some of the pillows had different backings than the fabric used on the front. Some fabrics were described as vintage. I'm glad I saw this because I would have been inclined to match the back fabric to the front as close as possible.
Late last year I sewed a jellyroll quilt (reviewed here) using Moda fabrics designed by Cosmo Cricket in a collection called Salt Air. It was said to be based on vintage fabrics.
I immediately saw that many of the colors in the crewel work went together very well with some of the fabrics in the quilt. Luckily a local quilt shop had one of the three fabrics I thought would work best for the backing.
This particular fabric is a pattern called 'Coral Bloom' in the color coral. Other patterns in the Salt Air collection can be found at this google link.
purchased piping sewn on
zipper attached and front and back sewn together
purchased pillow form inserted and loose poly fil is stuffed into collapsed corners
I made a pillow using quilting cotton and a piece of embroidery work.
15 inches x 15 inches
The purchased pillow form is 16 x 16 inches. I read online that the pillow form should be larger than the finished pillow cover to make it appear fuller. In the example, the individual stuffed an 20 inch x 20 inch form into an 18 x 18 inch pillow cover.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It is inspired by similar pillows I found on Pinterest.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I used a wonderful tutorial I found online at this blog, sew-good.blogspot.com
The library usually has good books for this kind of thing but I didn't feel like dragging myself to the library. YouTube can be good, too, but I didn't feel like watching a bunch of videos to find one that would work for me.
Luckily, I found the tutorial at sew-good.blogspot.com. Lots of good photos and good descriptive text.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the project
This will make the perfect gift for an elderly family member's upcoming birthday.
I will say I need some more practice sewing a zipper into a piped cushion top. My technique could use some polishing!
I also noticed (too late) on the kit insert how to handle the type of piping I used. It kind of dovetails into the middle of the bottom edge as shown here.
quilting cotton for the backing and the crewel embroidered piece for the front
Pinspiration design changes you made:
None. I wanted some kind of handiwork for the front and a vintagey print for the back.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes. Mostly I encourage you to use Pinterest to find ideas.
The most important thing I have learned from this project was the value of Pinterest to generate ideas. I believe I would never have a Pinterest board myself. There's something tedious about it that does not appeal to me.
BUT there are some wonderfully creative, artistic people who pull together worlds of ideas. I love that they comb the internet and collect images at one place and share these ideas so people like me can benefit. This part of Pinterest appeals greatly to me and I never realized it was useful this way. I do now!
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