I can sew. That translates to I can thread my machine and do straight lines. I have always wanted to learn to applique but thought it would hard and so far out of my league. With my new dies from Sizzix and a studio that I love combined with a stash of fabric, buttons and adhesives…I decided to stop procrastinating and give it a try. This is what happened when I decided to create a little applique house pillow for a housewarming gift.
You see, I have a bloggy friend who is really excited about selling her house and buying a new one. The new one is like a dream and a place she is excited to make into a home for her family and a haven for herself to create and grow. I thought this would be a fun gift.
I gathered my fabric and then cut out what I wanted. No, I didn’t use any patterns. I cut it out freehand kind of like doodling. I stitched the green and blue pieces together with a zig zag to make my pillow front.
Then I placed the pieces onto Aleene’s Fabric Fusion sheets, peeled them and stuck them to the big pieces.
Because they were already permanently adhered with the Fabric Fusion, the zig zag stitching around the outlines was totally for looks and I think it looks GREAT!
On the back I sewed a little pocket for a magic key. It symbolizes that great moment when your new house becomes your home. I hope she LOVES it. I have had this little golden key in my crafty stash FOREVER waiting for the perfect use. Yay!
I stuffed the pillow with Fairfield’s Poly Fil and used up all I had. I guess I am headed to Joann Fabrics again to restock. As for the ribbon on the mailbox, flowers and the key, they are all from Offray. The buttons are OF COURSE from my line of Laura Kelly buttons from Buttons Galore and you can get some here!
For those of you who love patterns, here you go! You can download it HERE free and make your own pillow fun. You could do lots of houses or maybe just a mailbox. A bunch of trees would be fun too. Get creative and sew away.
PS: Which do you like better, the front or the back?