I spent most of Monday making these as Valentines gifts for my kids. I figured the chocolate part of Valentines Day would take care of itself once they went to school. Since Valentines day is smack in the middle of winter it was a good opportunity to make them something that would keep them & their bed warm during these colder months. I was going to make a straight up rectangular pillow then thought better of it as there is always room for improvement. The foxes are exactly the same except for the fact that I switched the order of the fabrics so they could tell them apart. This is a relatively easy gift to make & it can take any form. I tested it out in the microwave to heat it up & it worked like a charm.
Happy Valentines Day! Stay warm!
Sometimes simple is best….. This embroidery turned into a pillow & is now keeping a little boy company at night.
When I made this pillow it was a bit of a free form project. There was no particular way I planned on decorating the skull. As I was making it, it started to resemble a Day of the Dead skull rather than a basic, less frightening one for my son’s bed. I tried to make it “happier” by adding little animals in the eyes & flowers on the face but this just made it scarier in the end. Now, my son loves it & won’t sleep without it but that took a while. When he first got it he would only sleep on the back side so he wouldn’t see the picture.
When I saw this tea towel at an antique shop I was automatically drawn to it. The colors are so rich & fantastic, the linen is super soft & it was just so campy. The fuzzy picture at the bottom says “BERN” so it’s apparently a souvenir from there. I cut the towel in 1/2 & I even like the look of the clock tower on the back. The pom pom’s were the final touch which gave it some more dimention & well, just made it more fun. All of a sudden I’m seeing everything as a pillow!
This week will be a week of PILLOWS! I have been working frantically all week making all sorts of pillows & bracelets & will be making bags for a craft show in September. This week I’ll be posting some of the projects. This first pillow is so sweet. The linen fabric is very textural & the red & blue stripe down the sides adds just enough interest. I’m always on the lookout for beautiful old tea towels as they make really great little pillows for childrens rooms. This would be a special gift for a new baby.
Embroidered Feed Sack Pillow
I found this feed sack at a local antique store. It wasn’t in the best condition but I fell in love with it anyway. Who could resist that pig? I took it home & threw it in the washing machine then embroidered an outline around certain words & of course the pig. After changing the back to a natural linen & adding some bright red linen piping around the edges it now has a totally different look.
Well, my friend the bear who I made a while ago & was keeping me company on the rocking chair in my office, finally found a home. So happy that it could go live on the bed of a 4 1/2 year old girl.