It’s nice to finally have a little girl in the mix, especially since I had son and all my nephews are boys. This opens up a whole new world of sewing possibilities for me. Skirts, ruffles, dresses..all things girly! My Babe’s daughter loves Daisy. She snuggles and cuddles her. Treats her. Plays with her.
So I put together this little Puppy Pillow to remind her of Daisy when we’re not around. I didn’t use a sewing pattern. Usually my ideas are kept in my head until I start them and I keep adding to it until I end up with something I like. You will never find me sketching. I had the finished embroidery and the parameters of the pillow form I wanted use and went from there.
Step 1. The embroidered piece was a design I believe I found on French Knots, but I can’t seem to locate the pattern..my bad. I stitched the puppies on Kona Ash Grey in pink and blue, her two favorite colors. Nobody says your puppies have to be realistic. Have fun with your designs!
Step 2. I had a lot of Hexies left over from all the previous projects. I created the Hexie flower and appliqued it on another piece of Kona Ash.
Step 3. I sewed those two pieces together.
Step 4. I knew I wanted her name on the pillow. More Kona Ash embroidered with varigaited orange….
Step 5. Now what?..I’m outta ideas:) So I took the measurements to make this strip match the puppy/hexagon piece and added a cute retro fabric. But I was still short on the pillow dimensions so I then added strips of chevron fabric to the sides and bottom to make up the difference.
Step 6. Embellish. I added a sweet purple varigaited crocheted flower that my mom made in the center of the Hexie, 3 green buttons to the end of her name. and covered my seams with black puppy feet ribbon, a purple gingham ribbon and a satin stitched flower trim I found at Joann’s. End it with a bow and my Puppy Pillow top was complete!
Step 6. The back. What’s more perfect than little puppies riding in a wagon! I used the easy method for pillow backs, The Envelope Technique where one long rectangle of fabric is overlapped in the back to create the closure. I couldn’t forget to embellish the back, so I sewed puppy feet twill tape to it.
And that’s a typical design process for me. From my ideas to a finish. Just go for it. Be creative!