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
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"
and to Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life
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!
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for amazing inspiration each week
to use in your own home decor!