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Topic: Appliquéd sashiko embroidery inspired pillow cover  (Read 3536 times)
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« on: May 09, 2012 08:37:59 AM »

I made this pillow cover for one of my partners in the latest cushion cover swap. The fabric was cut in a sashiko embroidery design then appliquéd onto the blue cotton.




The reverse front, once the linen was stitched on top.


The back is the same linen as the appliqué. I put in a lapped zipper using a blind hem stitch. It was my first time doing this particular method and I really liked it! It's very satisfying to watch zipper teeth hide away.

I wish I had taken in-progress pictures but I was so scared it wouldn't turn out that I couldn't bear the thought of having photographic reminders. I did keep my scraps after it turned out okay:


I drew the overlapping circle pattern onto the paperbacking of some wonderunder...


...then ironed it onto the linen and cut out the overlapping centers. That's a quarter up front to give an idea of size. There were at least 36 complete circles. I didn't count the cutouts at all.


And here's a couple of scraps! The whole cut-out linen piece was pretty cool before it was attached to the blue. I'm glad I have a little piece left.

Since the cut-outs are on the bias I left those edges unfinished, just went down the middle of the curvy linen lines with small machine stitches. I think it'll look nice too when the edges get fluffed in the wash! It was 18x18inches when finished.

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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2012 08:48:05 AM »

I am so glad you gave your cushion cover its own thread!  Amazing amount of work and detail...at first glance, it looks like you sewed up some fabric...but once you explained that you actually made the design...wow...it is really a wonderful piece of work!

I bet it also feels great with all of the linen...
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2012 09:28:31 AM »

i need to learn that zipper technique stat! The pillow is fantastic!
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2012 09:48:38 AM »

I love this pillow cover - it's beautifully done, Calabaza!!  I want to be your partner sometime!!   Cool
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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2012 10:02:40 AM »

Yowza!! This is stunning!! Can I come over for a zipper lesson??
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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2012 10:10:08 AM »

Thank you, you four! I'm so glad you like it!

@alwaysinmyroom: It is deceptive; even in person it looks like the design is just printed on fabric until you get close up. I loved running my hands over it!
i need to learn that zipper technique stat! The pillow is fantastic!
I don't know of a good online tutorial for the zipper or I'd send it your way. It really is a fun way to put one in! Since it was for a pillow and the back would pooch once the form was in, I made the lap bigger than the usual. It's 3/4" but I'd do at least 1" next time. It was great that it went end to end so I didn't have a seam to mess with.
Yowza!! This is stunning!! Can I come over for a zipper lesson??
You totally should, neighbor!  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2012 11:30:05 AM »

Amazing!  Way to much work.  I would have just made a cathedral window patchwork pattern.  Very lovely, I will have to look for my sashiko book.  Thank you for sharing.
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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2012 02:56:09 PM »

I'm so glad you started this post and we got to see it up close.  Amazing work!!
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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2012 11:06:47 AM »

This is just so pretty!  You are really talented!
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« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2012 11:27:19 AM »

Aw, thanks, everyone!
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