I have a sweet little pillow to add to my Christmas decor for next year…
All the other Christmas decor was put away so it didn’t get its much-deserved photo shoot. Oh well, I’ll make sure to showcase it in Christmas of 2024.
This chart is from Asbery’s Echoes Stitches on Etsy. Find her HERE.
The chart is simple and prim and I loved it. I used the called-for DMC colors and a scrap of linen that was here…I’m not sure the color. I did make two changes in the piece. I dropped the words so they were only two stitches from the green dotted line and I raised the deer and girl so they were only two stitches from the dotted green line.
You might remember a bit ago I made some strawberry wool applique pieces and used the technique for making a whole when stuffing that requires cutting a slit in the back. I decided to try to modify that technique and use it on making this pillow. I’m still learning with the best way for me to finish things so I’m experimenting with methods.
This time I didn’t cut off equal widths around the piece. I wanted to the bottom edge to be thinner.
My idea was to make if seem like the deer and girl were closer to the ground. I thought about the combo on the left but changed out the green for the green on the right.
For the backing I cut two pieces that were the same width.
I went to the sewing machine and stitched them together leaving the opening.
This would be where I’d turn it right side out. I put interfacing on the front and back pieces. I put the interfacing right on top of the hole and covered it. Then I took a seam ripper and opened the hole.
I sewed all the way around the piece overlapping me beginning and ending stitches. I clipped the corners.
Then I turned it right side out.
I put a tiny bit of poly-fill in each corner and put walnut shells in the rest making sure to tap them down in between fillings. I put poly-fill over the opening.
Then I used a ladder stitch to close the opening.
A few pats here and there to adjust it all and I was happy with it…well, almost happy. I cut and tied a matching fabric bow at the front.
That one is done!! I’ll be starting a new Christmas stitch on the 25th of January. This one only took two sessions to stitch. So cute!! I’m not sure what I’ll be starting yet. I need to sort through and pick something!! Any suggestions?