Monday, January 30, 2012

Stitchery Project: Valentine's Pillow

We're getting all decorated for Valentine's Day! How can you not love a holiday that involves pink, red and hearts? I whipped up this cute, little throw pillow cover for the pillow that lives on my rocking chair.

This is a fun, quick project, get the pattern for the stitchery here. I used a basic backstitch for the letters and french knots on the postscript and to dot the "i."  Note: I'm having issues with my scanner so I took a picture of my template. When I uploaded it on Google Documents, the jpg was converted to a pdf and was reduced in size a bit. The phrase on my pillow measure about 9" wide, I'm going to try and figure out the scanner issue, but until then you might have to increase the size on your printer a bit. :)

I made the back of the pillow cover with a split-back so it comes off and on easily. I used some leftover fabric from the outfit I made my daughter last year for V-Day. :) I love the little butterflies.

This was the first time I've attempted piping and I followed a tutorial by Pam from  Threading My Way. Well, with one exception. . .I didn't have any piping! I wasn't able to get to the fabric store, and I really wanted to finish this up so. . .

. . .I used sisal covered in fabric!! It was a little stiff to work with, and thicker than piping cord, my corners are more rounded than I'd like, but it worked just the same! (and it was free!!) I applied the same principals as making your own piping, I just used the sisal in place of the piping cord.

Now our rocking chair is ready for the big day. . next on the list is a fun Valentine's tee!

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  1. Your stitching is beautiful, Amy!!! Thanks for the link back. You are so resourceful. I would have given up if I didn't have the piping cord. The sisal piping worked out great!!! I quite like the rounded corners. A lovely pillow!!!

  2. this pillow is so adorable and the stitching is perfect! Thank you for sharing the template. I would love to try this.

    The fabric is so pretty..I bet that the dress you made for your daughter just looks darling. :)

    And way to go for using the sisal piping as a replacement. I do not like to make piping..somehow I find it pretty intimidating. I will have to practice some more I guess. :)

  3. The pillow is adorable and you are very clever. What a great substitute on the piping. I have a large roll in the garage. Have to give that a try. Thanks for posting. I'm visiting from Vintage Wanna Bee.

  4. That s really, really cute! I'm pinning this right now!

  5. Super cute pillow! It turned out great. I have a small obsession with pillow and can't seem to stop making them. Stopping by from Night Owl Crafting. Cheers!