I think I'm in love. Is it wrong to say you're in love with something you made yourself? I don't think so. At least I'm not as in love as I was last night after I finished it...I couldn't get to sleep I was so pleased and excited. Strange, no? You probably know how I feel, though, if you are a crafty type. :) It doesn't happen very often but when something turns out EXACTLY like you imagined it, that's pretty magical.
Especially when something you spent far longer on, two days earlier, turns out kind of blech.
I'll show you the blech first. I don't hate it but I definitely don't love it. Just not my style, I guess. I had never made anything patchwork of this size before and I guess I think it's too country bedroom-y or something. I have the second all cut out, and I will finish it, but I don't love them. And yeah, maybe next time? I should cut back on the GINGHAM. (I like gingham but come on, Stephanie!)
For the back I used my favorite button up shirt trick in, surprise!, gingham:
The kids love them. That counts for something. ;)
Now, on to my favorite pillow ever which came out just like I imagined and was so simple:
Super cute and cozy! Squeeeeeeee! I cut out the deer from a favorite plaid shirt and sewed it onto a panel of thrifted sweater wool using my machine's blanket stitch. I didn't use any stabilizer or anything, just pins, and it worked great. I then used that same shirt for the back.
I needed that after the patchwork pillow downer.
Edited to add to Allison's Tell Me Tuesday! Click on the link to find lots of other great handmade items & ideas...