Sunday, August 18, 2013

POSH Pillows. . .

It is no secret, in The Land of Blog,
that I hate to sew ! 

In 2006, I purchased a Premier Issue of Cottage Style Magazine
and fell in love with the basket pillow featured above!

And. . .
in Studio One, my creative space. . .
I have lots of vintage buttons!

Now, while I hate to sew using my sewing machine,
I love to do embroidery!!!

My beloved paternal grandmother taught me 
to embroider the Summer I was in Fourth Grade. . .
and to this day, I still love the feel of the needle and thread
weaving in~and~out of a piece of fabric!

So~o~o. . .
I stuck a vivid blue post~it note to the side of the page. . .
closed the magazine and placed it in with my resources. . .
and said, "Someday, I'm going to make that pillow."

On Crooked Creektt, today was THE day!

* * * * * * * Tutorial * * * * * * *
I began by designing the pattern from the magazine photo
on a piece of tissue paper with a mechanical pencil 0.9 lead.

I cut out a 16" X 16" piece of linen hued rough textured cotton
for my finished 14" X 14" vintage button basket pillow.

Pinning the pattern atop the fabric,
I made holes with the mechanical pencil 
forming a dotted grid for the embroidery and button placement.

Using an outline or backstitch,
I embroidered the basket with Ecru #422 DMC floss.
Then, I hand stitched all the buttons where the grid met.

Now, it was time "to become one with my sewing machine"!
NOT an easy task for me. . .
I detest setting up the sewing machine,
spinning the bobbin,
threading the machine,
checking the tension,
aligning the presser foot,
all before you can begin the first stitch!!!

I do, however,
 l o v e my POSH Pillow!!!

Material and Notions:

 1/2 yard of fabric
#58 vintage buttons
14" pillow form
32" white ribbon
DMC Embroidery Thread

While I already had the sewing machine set up,
I cut out and stitched two khaki ticking stripe pillow covers
and stuffed them with down feathers.

Ladies, I just couldn't help myself,
once I set the POSH Pillow in front of  the ticking pillows,
I had to add this adorable Autumnal accent pillow to complete this vignette.

It may have taken seven years for me to make my POSH Pillow,
but I am thoroughly enjoying this combination.

Theirs. . .

. . .and mine!

I want to take a moment before closing to give a special "Thank You"
for their encouragement and inspiration!!!

Without these two amazing ladies in The Land of Blog,
this POSH Pillow would still be on a page in a magazine
waiting for "one of these days."

Until next time. . .

On Crooked Creektt will be joining

And. . .

Yvonne @ StoneGable for Tutorials Tips and Tidbits! 

And. . .

Debra @ Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday!

Be sure to visit each of these parties
for amazing inspiration each week
to use in your own home decor!


bj said...

Your pillow is just ADORABLE. You did a great job on it....looks just like it's inspiration. ! :)

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Way to go Pat! I love it! I am just as bad, I find things I was going to do and realize..oh that was how many years ago? Maybe after the Riot is done I will do better.

Love the ticking pillows too. Keep going, you never know what you might create!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love it. What a fabulous pillow. This is just the cutest ever and the buttons are such a creative idea. You did a wonderful job. Hugs, Marty

Babs Richman said...

Way to sew, Pat! I know what you mean ..I can sew..I just don't like to. But, your pillow turned out great. So pretty with the vintage buttons.

Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

I am visiting from Confessions of a Plate Addict. I blog about food, but this was too adorable not to comment.

Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon

Tammy Henderson said...

Oh My goodness this has to be the cutest pillow EVER...I love it Would love it if you came by and shared it at One More Time Events...
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♥ Sonny ♥ said...

wow, love it~!

this is a must do on my project list~!
thanks for showing us how.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Oh I love those antique buttons...and really love the design you used!...Beautiful job and pillow Pat!!!

podso said...

Pat I am so impressed! What an amazing job! I love how you used buttons from your collection. I too have a jar or two of buttons of various colors. Little One loves to play with them. And, I too, don't favor sewing, ESPECIALLY the setting up of the machine! So when it's up (I dread every step you mentioned LOL!) I think of all that I could do with it before it gets put away, I sort of envy my friend whose machine is up year round in her delightful quilting studio!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow, Pat! You did a fabulous job! Yours looks exactly like theirs...fabulous! And I love the khaki stripe pillows, too! I am ready for a touch of fall!...hugs...Debbie

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I am late to the party but lOVE the pillow!!! It is beautiful, you did an outstanding job, Pat! And I love the vignette you set up too. XO, Pinky