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« on: November 09, 2018 07:02:25 AM »

I made this for Quasior in the mini-13 days of hallowe'en swap, as she said she really wanted some things to make her house a little more gothy year-round. 


I began by mucking about at random with velvet scraps and machine embroidery designs until I had a bunch to work with.  Then I cut out a cotton backing to size (pillow + seam allowance + overlap in the back) and chalked the fold lines, spread it out on the floor, and started playing with layout:

Out of pins, time to sew!  I made friends with stitch #17 on my Pfaff (my new favorite utility stitch!) which is just a little more elegant than a plain zig-zag.  It still has plenty of coverage to deal with raw edges, but is a tiny bit lighter and so doesn't pull the velvet around quite as much.  (Velvet tends to walk out from under the sewing machine foot if the pile is going to the wrong way, so if you're still working on your machine skills, basting things by hand might help here.  It might even keep you from getting stabbed by pins as many times as I did!)

Sew some, pin some more...

When there was enough edge to fold under, I did that, but many of these are raw edges stitched firmly down.

There were some big unembroidered spaces once I finished, so I hooped the whole thing & added a couple more embroidery designs: 

I finished the ends with velvet ribbon with a very stiff pile to help the overlap stay tucked, and ran a line of straight stitch along the long edges to make sure nothing could wander off when I went to sew the side seams.

Then we look for those chalk lines...

Ribbon-- folded inward on the top flap.  (the bottom flap is just turned down a bit to demonstrate.)

folded, ready to sew the side seams.  Make sure you catch all the layers of edges, trim as needed, turn it right-side-out, and you're ready for a pillow form!

Now I just need to make another one for me to keep.  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2018 07:36:19 AM »

Holy wow!

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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2018 08:01:58 AM »

Oh my word, this is glorious!

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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2018 10:15:19 AM »

Beautiful job, I really like this.

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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2018 01:32:30 PM »

Great work.
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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2018 10:17:35 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2018 10:52:45 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley


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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2018 01:07:03 PM »

This is extremely beautiful. You are very, very talented. It's dreamy. It reminds me of a doll blanket that my grandmother has, which is made of what we think are faded Victorian fabrics.
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