I finished my Red Bird Stitch Along a week or two ago but didn’t fully finish it into a pillow. I had promised that when I did, I would take some pictures and write it up on the blog. This is the promised post.
I really didn’t have a vision for this one. I thought about making a tiny drum finish. I thought about making a pillow. The pillow idea won out. That didn’t end the decision making though. Do I add fabric…which fabric?? Too many decisions…
I ended up with… the fabric that had the green stripe in it. I cut the red and two pieces of fusible interfacing the same size as the stitched piece.
I ironed them on. Ooops. My iron was a little too hot.
I decided to use a small pompom with this. I sewed that down around the outer edge.
I flipped this top piece over and put it right sides together with the backing piece. When I did that, I sewed with the stitched side on top. Then I stitched exactly on the stitching line from where I attached the pompoms.
I left a two-inch opening along the bottom. I clipped the corners and turned it right side out. HERE is the link to the tool that I love to use for turning things right side out. It is the tool you see on the right in the picture, a hera marker.
Now it’s time to stuff the pillow.
You might remember that I use a combo of poly-fil and crushed walnut shells. I put stuffing in the corners…fill with walnut shells and then put stuffing over the opening.
Then I sewed the opening shut.
After I was done with it, I didn’t love the linen color. I like a warm color…this was taupe-colored…so, I got out my Distress It spray and sprayed it.
This is the brand that I happen to have. There are others out there like THIS one.
I really sprayed the whole thing.
I ended up liking it better. The linen has more of a “warm” feel now.
I had hoped to put it on a shelf I have in the living room but it was too wide.
I ended up putting it with my cross stitch wall.
I’m content with it here.
Every piece I finish, it looks a little more and more as I hoped it would look.
That wraps up that stitch along for me. The next one starts on August 1st. I am super excited about that. I’m thinking I might take it with me to the retreat and start it there. It might be a day or so early but I think you’ll all forgive me.
As a reminder, this is the next stitch along…This is by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle and Thread and is also called Red Bird Sampler.
I invite anyone and everyone to join us. There is still time to order your kit. You can find the information about that HERE. I did talk to Liz at the Stitchery Nook and she had a hiccup in getting all the needed supplies for the kits. They are finally all in and shipping has started. If you ordered a kit, it should be arriving soon. I still think we’ll be okay to start the stitch along on August 1st. THANKS for your patience everyone!!