I made a patchwork pillow with one of my tulip hand embroidery designs this afternoon. Sometimes I don't sew my embroidery projects right away because I'm not sure what I want it to be or I don't have the fabrics I want to use yet. I have a drawer full of fabric scraps so I picked out a few, mostly green, scraps to work with. There is a lot of pink and lavender in the design so I guess I wanted to bring out the greens. It was a spontaneous project...
I put 2" strips on both sides of the embroidery piece and then made a strip of five 4" long strips about 2" wide and trimmed it on each end so it would match the embroidered piece. I usually use 1/4" seams. Then I put another strip on the end a little longer than my pillow form. I usually lay the sewn piece on top of the pillow to measure, pretty easy and works good for me. Then I added a 2" strip to the top and bottom the same length as the embroidered piece. Cut a backing the same size, sew it together and hem the edges. I like to put a pillowcase inside using some coordinating fabric so one end is open. Then I put some ribbon or lace on the edge for a nice finish. An easy way to finish hand embroidery, use up fabric scraps and have a new decoration for your home or a gift!
A close-up of the embroidery and some of the fabrics.
And I made a flower cat greeting card ~ Thinking of You card
Even in the digital age we're in, I think it's still really nice to send and receive greeting cards. How about you? Hope you have a great weekend. Weather report here in Nevada is finally below 100 for a few days thankfully!