I made this pretty pillow for my sister as a housewarming gift for her new house. I was in camp when she had her housewarming party though so I wasn't able to give it to her until Christmas. It was a lot of fun to sew and kept me busy when I was staying with Aren while he was on a job in Grande Cache. It took me a while since I didn't take it to camp with me. Now that I have a portable machine though (thanks Pris!) I will be able to take stuff with me while I'm out. Awesome!
I started with these pants that my sister gave me while I was visiting her.
These were my two ideas for the rosette pillow. I decided to go with the rectangular pillow as the square one seemed too busy.
I made some piping (some people will call this cording) for around the edges to give it a sleeker look.
This is the finished piping before it was sewn onto the cushion itself.
One side of the cushion with the piping sewn down. You can see the seam at the bottom wear the edges of the piping meet. This will be enclosed in the pillow seam once it is all sewn up.
I used an existing pattern that I had made for the rosettes. Basically three circles of varying size.
Each rosette consists of six pieces. You sew two of each size together, cut a small hole in the middle and turn it inside out, then iron them flat. Sorry some of these photos are no good. I don't know what setting the camera was on and I can't really go back and take new photos now. :)
Then you gather each of the pieces into a rosette shape.
After the center piece has been gathered you gather the next piece around that one being sure to hide the hole you cut in between each layer.
From left to right we have single rosette centers (three), then a center sewn to a 2nd piece and finally a finished rosette.
The two sides of the pillow were sewn together and it was stuffed before the rosettes were sewn on. Using very small stitches s as to keep them completely invisible the rosettes were sewn down securely in a line across the front.
The Finished Cushion
As I said, this was a fun project and my sister really likes it which makes it well worth the effort! I am pretty excited about the machine I got for Christmas too as I have been unable to do much as far as crafting goes while I am out in camp. I am thinking that I will finish my Strip Quilt while I am out there.