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Crafts for home decor: orimono pillow, flower

Sewing  |  September 20th 2011  |  0 Comment

heart pillow

I got sucked in.  No, that wasn’t the plan.  It all started with the idea to make a valentine pillow, cotton jersey reverse applique Alabama Chanin style.  I made my stencil, cut it out with my new cutting tool (fancy exacto knife that i don’t know the proper name of), then went to town.  It came out much, much better than I expected.  I was so pleased with it that I had to make another (of course!!).

love pillow

This time I went with “love”.  After wasting too much time searching through free fonts to get it just right, I gave up and made my own.  I don’t know why I didn’t do that in the first place.  It’s funny how you look at things like font differently when your purpose is to make a stencil out of it.  I didn’t love this one as much, so I had to try again.

rose pillow

How about a rose?  A red rose.  Yes, that seemed like a good idea.  And it was.

flower pillow

That rose naturally evolved into another flower inspired by that anthropologie pillow that so many of us are gaga over.  This time I got a little crazy.  I strayed from my usual formula by adding a third fabric.  Sewing through three layers of cotton jersey isn’t so different than two.  The only tricky part was making sure that I was cutting away the right layer, but it wasn’t so hard.  I think the key to this type of work is having super sharp scissors. Needless to say, I’m pretty much in love with this one.