Monday, February 9, 2015

Love Bird Pillow

Normally I don't go all out decorating for every holiday. Oh, I love the Halloween thru Christmas decor, but by January I'm usually pretty burnt out on decorating in general. And Valentine's Day gets skipped a lot with all the regular life things going on, the kids and I have fun making cards for their classes, but that's usually it.

But I have this pillow.

It's a Halloween pillow that my mother-in-law, Mary bought for us several years ago with a white ghost face on one side and an orange jack 'o lantern face on the other. I get it out of the Halloween tub every year, display it, and put it back around Christmas. But for some reason this year I noticed that it's a really, really comfortable pillow and that I liked the size and shape and didn't want to put it back in the Halloween tub. So I thought, well...I'll just make a new cover for it.

And so I did.

Using only fabrics I already had on hand, I made this sweet love bird pillow cover. It's a nice bit of decor for Valentine's day that can easily last through spring.

For the front, I used plain canvas cut into a 17x17 inch square. For the sides and back, I used some leftover cut chenille brocade fabric in a similar color to the canvas. For the bird silhouettes, I used some scraps of taupe linen and the heart is just a scrap of quilting fabric.

I printed out the bird silhouettes and traced them onto the back of some Heat Bond that I had ironed onto the back of the linen.

I cut the birds out and placed them on the pillow front roughly where I wanted them to go.

I did the same thing with a heart shape and fabric. Then laid the pieces all out together on the pillow front.

I drew some guidelines for a tree branch with pencil, then stitched over the lines with black thread creating the outline of a the branch.

I put my birds back in place on the branch and centered the heart above them. I ironed and stitched them all into place.

Then I assembled the rest of the pillow cover, using a zipper along the bottom, and stuffed the Halloween pillow inside.

And as easy as that, a pretty new pillow cover for my favorite pillow.

I think it looks great on my favorite chair, simple and sweet.  A little touch of Valentine's Day love.

Hope everyone has a great week and a Happy Valentine's Day!

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Monday, February 2, 2015

The Winter of Yarn

Hello friends!

I am so sorry it's been so long since I've been here. I can't quite explain it, but somewhere around Halloween costume season aka September and October, I just lost my sewing mojo and with it, my blogging mojo.

What I did do was pick up my yarn and needles and hooks again. A LOT! There are any number of articles on the therapeutic properties of knitting and crocheting (and I would really add ALL crafts) so perhaps I just needed some down time with my sticks and strings to help pull me through the holiday chaos and the post-moving funk I'd been in.

So, what have I been making?  Well, here are some of the projects I've finished.

First, I made these 2 lovely Road Trip Scarves from a free pattern on Zooty Owl's Crafty Blog. These were so easy and fun to make, they worked up really fast and turned out really warm and cozy.

One for me. 

And one as a Christmas gift for my niece Sarah.

Next, I found some to DIE for yarn at our LYS (local yarn shop) and decided to tackle my first shawl/wrap. This one is a free pattern on Moogly called Alpaca Your Wrap. Thank goodness she made a video tutorial for this one or I'd still be working on it!

I was actually really on the fence with this one, I like it.....I'm not sure that I like's too's too wide.....So, I finally just wore it around one cold, blustery day and after that, well, I am no longer on the fence. I love it!

Then, I decided to stop buying yarn and use up some of my scrap yarn. I've been wanting to make this little guy for a while anyway. Also a free pattern found on I Love Buttons by Emma

This little cutie was a Christmas gift for my sister-in-law whose favorite animal is a giraffe.

Oh, and since we're on the subject of gifts, I made this fun School Bus Scarf for our bus driver as a gift for Bus Driver Appreciation Week. 

This scarf is perfect for cold mornings. 

Okay, for now, I'm going to leave you with these lovely pictures and pattern links of yarny goodness, but I am FAR from done with this subject. After all, I haven't even shown you my knitting!

Have an awesome week!!

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