Monday, February 19, 2018

Fly Away Home Pillow

It snowed here again last night, so I'm in the mood for a spring project. This pillow's bright colors and prints are just what I need--and how cute is that little ladybug? I like this design because it combines three of my favorite needlework skills: fabric piecing, felt applique, and embroidery.  Here's a list of thematerials I used:
  • Cotton fabrics: Green print -- one 3 1/2" x 12" piece and one 2 1/2" x 9 1/2" piece; black/white chevron, two 2 1/2 x 9 1/2" pieces; red polka dot, red/white floral, and white -- one 2 1/2 x 9 1/2" piece each.
  • DMC Embroidery Floss: 310 Black, 321 Christmas Red, 699 Very Dark Kelly Green, 906 Parrot Green, and 907 Light Parrot Green
  • Six 1/4"-diameter black buttons
  • Polyester fiberfill
The first step is sewing the strips of fabric together to make the pillow front. Follow the diagram shown on the right and use 1/4" seam allowance to sew the horizontal strips together. When all six strips are piece together, sew the remaining wide green strip to the side as shown.

The next step is embroidering the "fly away home" script onto the white strip. Print out the pattern at the bottom of the page to the desired size and use a fabric marking pen to trace the script on the white fabric. Use three strands of red floss and backstitch to embroider the script onto the fabric.

For the appliques, use the patterns at the bottom of the page to cut two leaves (mine are about 4 1/2" long)  from the Magical Forest felt, one leaf from Chartreuse, one ladybug head from Black, and one ladybug body from Bright Red. Embroider curved veins on the leaves with backstitch. Sew the buttons onto the ladybug body, and whipstitch the head to the body with black floss. Arrange the appliques on the pillow front, stuff them lightly with fiberfill, and pin them in place. Sew the pieces in place with coordinating floss and backstitch.

When the appliques are finished, add center veins on the leaves and a center line on the ladybug's body. Stitch right through the fiberfill and the pillow fabric to create extra dimension.

Now you can use your embroidery skills to embellish the design anyway you like. I added black backstitch antennae to the ladybug and whipstitches around the leaves to gives them extra texture. For the twisty vines, I used different shades of green floss and a combination of backstitch and long-and-short stitch.

To make this sweet little design into a pillow, cut a piece of backing fabric (I used solid green) the same size as the pillow front. Sew the two pieces together, right sides facing, leaving an opening for turning. Clip the corners, turn the pillow to the right side, and fill it with a pillow form or fiberfill. Sew the opening closed and you have a cheery pillow that's sure to chase the winter blues away.

1 comment:

  1. It's totally cute! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!