Thursday, May 20, 2010

Anatomy of a Baby Pillow

Hello lovely ladies!!
Hope you are all well and that you have all had a good start to the week.
I am making another embroidered 'baby name' pillow for a sweet young family's little boy, Taj. I thought I would go through the process as I do it.
I am hoping to add a little something special to the back and am just waiting on the mama to get back to me!

1. Pick a few fabrics that I think the mama will like, I usually try and have a look at either facebook photos of blog photos of the nursery colours - Danielle was very happy with these!
We chose a calico for the centre and I teamed with some Michael Miller frosts and a super sweet vintage look MM fabric called 'In Transit'..

2. I choose matching embroidery threads. I used Robison-Anton rayon thread, I find it sews out beautifully and is a very good price.. I get mine from Cockburn Sewing Centre, they have every colour of the rainbow, (and Lyn & Angie are always there with lots of helpful and friendly advice ..!)

I finished the border design and began the name, had actually chosen a different font - but after I stitched the first two letters was not happy with it. I knew I was going to stipple the panel so I thought I could risk unpicking it and 'whew' it came out very easily. 3. all stippled!! As you can see, I made another little badge for an embellishment, I liked the look of the last one I did and as I can't use bows or flowers on this pillow I needed something a little more manly... and what is more manly than a train ;) 4. I stitched on the borders...
5. I have found that the last couple of quilted panel pillows I have made had a little bit of a 'flat' look to them due to the thickness of the embroidered panel - two layers of fabric plus the batting. I decided to try something a bit different, so when I was sewing on the first (green) border I pulled the fabric a little tight hoping to give it a more rounded look. I am pretty sure it worked so (fingers crossed!) we will see when I finish it and put in the cushion insert. I sat it flat and put a lump of fabric under it and so far so good
Anyway, I am waiting for a photo from Taj's mummy and then I can finish off the back so will update this post soon!

Back soon!

Hugs, Jen xoxo


Anonymous said...

I love the vintage fabric. Can't wait to see the finished product. You have been blessed with great talent Jenny and I love watching to see what is next. LOL.

Claudia said...

What a neat idea! You are so creative - I am really enjoying your blog.

Mrs Frizz said...

Absolutely gorgeous - love those colours together.