Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Silver Lining Rainbow Pillow

Due to popular demand I am now making these cushions to order.  In my Etsy and Folksy Shops.

Thanks for voting for me if you did - I am so excited to say that I came third in the voting process! Thanks so much.
A few weeks ago I stumbled upon two pillow contests whilst blog hopping.  One here at Stitched in Color and one here at Sew Mama Sew.  An idea began to form in my mind and then sat on the table until two days ago when we were stuck indoors whilst a tornado hit my small town and a cyclone swung by to say hi!!

My idea was born out of several things I had seen on the net.  A ticker tape dolls quilt, and this pillow and this pillow.  I wanted to try the technique and decided to combine it with my love of rainbows and the words to live by challenge from Sew Mama Sew.


I'm cutting it fine for the contests I thought I had til the end of the month! I loved making this quilted cushion cover and will come back and put a few instructions on.

[Edited to add instructions] Ok so to start with I sketched out my design on large drawing paper the same size as the pillow cover I was going to make.  I then used my light box to trace the shapes onto fusible webbing.  Attached these to the back of my scraps of fabric and the cloud shape to some white fabric, then painstakingly cut them out! The lightbox came in handy again when I wanted to make sure I placed them all in the right spots.  I just placed my fabric over the light box and stuck the pieces in the right places.


Once they were all in place I printed my 'words to live by' on printer paper and traced them with the aid of my light box onto the cloud fabric using my friends vanishing ink pen (Thanks Martine!).  I then hand stitched over that using embroidery thread.


Next came the 'quilting', I sewed the little pieces in place mainly with a matching colour thread, although one on each colour stream is stitched in silver.  And of course the cloud has a silver 'lining' (!) two rows of silver stitching around the edge. I just used a fairly think batting for this project.


The other thing I was pleased with was the binding.  I borrowed one of those gadgets that helps make binding from another friend (Thanks Lorriane!).  Well it was amazing! It made it so easy and no burnt fingers! I will definately be investing in one of those babies!  And the best thing about the binding was that one long strip from one edge of my fabric (think it was 74 inchs) did the whole cushion, which made it super easy!

Anyhow apparantly it passed the hugability test!


Thanks for stopping by.  I'm off to check out the other entrants at the Stitched in Color Pillow Party.  Not sure when the Sew Mama Sew ones will be showcased. Have a great day whatever you do.
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43 comments:

  1. OMG Jo! You've outdone yourself! How beautiful is that pillow. Please make more to sell ;-).
    It's just gorgeous. Well done.

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  2. This is so gorgeous Jo! I love the patchwork rainbow and the sentiment on the cloud.

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  3. Oh I LOVE This so much, I've had a rainbow pillow on my mind for a while and this is just gorgeous!

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  4. Hello and thank you for visiting and leaving sweet comment!
    I love your pillow! What a great idea and wonderful way to make it! I like that natural colour fabric for the base.

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  5. It's really beautiful! Love it! Beautiful colors....

    Hugs,
    Wenche

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  6. I love this! My daughter would flip for a pillow like this! Great job!

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  7. I love this, it's beautiful! Great job!

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  8. Such a sweet pillow, and what a great use of scraps. And I love the message in the cloud. ~Sarah

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  9. I am in love with your gorgeous pillow! Awesome! Visiting from Paisley Passions~

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  10. This is beautiful! My daughter would adore this. You did an amazing job.

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  11. I'm bookmarking this. My rainbow loving daughter spotted it and said, "I think me and that little girls should be best friends." So sweet!

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  12. This is beautiful. I just adore it. Wish I could make one too but I don't think it would be anything like as cute! Great work. I am your newest follower. :)
    Humble Homemaking

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  13. That pillow is so sweet. It just makes me smile looking at it!

    Also, I have a great Dove chocolate giveaway going on right now and would love if stopped by and entered: http://eyespydiy.blogspot.com/2011/02/dove-chocolate-discoveries-giveaway.html

    ~Katie @ Eye Spy DIY

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  14. very, very pretty! Goodness, I hope you'll join us in the Bottled Rainbow quilt-along. Looks like you've got quite the rainbow-y touch =)

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  15. Wowzer! You have mad skills. I love happy rainbows and this is so perfect! Thanks so much for sharing.

    I found you through a linky party. My readers would love this. I would love if you came and linked up to TOO Cute Tuesday!

    http://funkypolkadotgiraffe.blogspot.com/2011/02/too-cute-tuesday-linky-par-tay-19.html

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  16. Oh that is GORGEOUS!! Quirky and stunning at the same time. I love it. Now I'm trying to decide if it is beyond my medium-at-best sewing skills.

    LOVE it.

    ~ Sarah

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  17. oh my gosh, i flippin' love that! so cheerful, and perfect way to use those scraps!

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  18. love it! a fantastic pop of color(s) for a neutral couch or beige bedding.
    it's great! good job!

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  19. What an adorable pillow! I'd love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight: http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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  20. that is incredible. Oh my word! I found you via someday crafts and am going to feature this on my blog tomorrow if you want to check it out!

    Sassy Sanctuary

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  21. So adorable! The pillow turned out so cute!

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  22. Oh My, I LOVE this!!! What a wonderful idea. I'm your newest follower.
    Happy Saturday,
    Lori
    lorisstorys.blogspot.com

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  23. That is very cute! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  24. oh my, that is beautiful!

    https://jennoreilly.wordpress.com/

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  25. I featured you this week in my Hookin Up with HoH party!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button. You earned it!

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  26. This is REALLY lovely! You did an awesome job : )
    craft-interrupted.blogspot.com

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  27. I saw this on House of Hepworths and had to stop by! This is such an beautiful pillow!! I just love it!

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  28. Oh my goodness! So cheery! Love it!

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  29. I love this pillow... so stinkin' cute and BIG! Please come on over and link up to MMM :)

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  30. Wow that pillow is so cute! Great job!

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  31. That turned out so lovely! A great idea for little tiny fabric scraps (that we all seem to hang on to)! Found you on C.R.A.F.T. Nice job!

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  32. Hello Jo. I just found your blog, your pillow catch my eye from a linky party ...
    (sorry I forget the name of linky party)
    It is as cute as anything can be... although my kids are grown up but sure I will go for it... very lovely...
    Hope you will enjoy your visit if you can spare a little bit to see some napkin folds
    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
    Love
    Farah

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  33. Cute! It's not only attractive to children!

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  34. BEAUTIFUL, I would love one of these!

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  35. Okay! I could be in LOVE with this! :) Making some rainbow themed cushions atm! This has DEFINITELY made it to the list! :) Thanks for sharing!

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  36. What a beautiful cushion!!! I love it... the rainbow, the binding, the cloud... everything.

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  37. Hi Jo, I've featured your fabulous pillow today...
    http://www.threadingmyway.com/2014/01/threading-your-way-features.html

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  38. visiting you from Threading my way. This is so amazing. i love love it.

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  39. Woow, very beautiful! I love rainbow colours.I visiting you from Pams Threading maý way, too.

    Greatings from Germany

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    Klaudia

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