Autumn has arrived, and what better way to celebrate than bringing it indoors? I purchased three 22" pillows at the second hand shop, with no other idea in mind than to decorate with them, and that's just what I did!
I hadn't had any inspiration jump out at me until recently on Pinterest when people started pinning these cute scrap pillows!
These cute pillows were done by Allison over at Cluck Cluck Sew.
She offers a tutorial (and there's even a pattern) but I didn't know that until after I had made my pillow.
I was in Cork on Monday and dropped by Hickey's Fabrics just for a look around, when I spotted quilt batting. My mind was made up. I had to make my pillow look all quilty. As soon as I got home from Cork on Monday I ran up to my sewing room and locked myself in for the next 3-4 hours measuring, cutting, stitching, arranging... until it was complete! I must say, I am pretty pleased with the result.
What followed, ladies and gentlemen, was so fun. I should preface by saying I've never really played with free-motion sewing until recently, but my oh my it was a blast!! I "stippled" the entire front of my pillow. Last week I read this tutorial on how to free-motion quilt and I was inspired. You could say that that tutorial was partly what inspired the look of my pillow... I love the internet sometimes.
My stippling definitely looked better toward the end, after I had gotten the hang of it. My stitches evened out and I started to really "get" how to move the fabric.
I used different colors of thread on different colors of leaves (yellow leaves got orange or red thread, etc) to add a little dimension to the tree.
After I had sewn everything down, I cut the batting (and everything overhanging the white fabric) to fit the original measurements and sewed on the back cover. I was silly and forgot to think about cutting my stripes to match - but hey! I made the back cover out of an old, unloved curtain and used the original hems to save myself a little work.
Hooray for upcycling.
The end result? The perfect autumn accessory, and I'm sure, something I'll pull out year after year.
What are you crafting this season?