I wish I knew what I’ve done to deserve such good luck lately.If I did I would bottle some in prettied-up mason jars to give as gifts so I could share some good luck with everyone.
A while back I won a giveaway at Distressed Donna Down Home
and Donna sent me a box full of fabulous Christmas sheet music.
Then in yesterday’s post here
I shared how I thrifted the perfectly-already-done settee and ottoman on the weekend for my master bedroom makeover.
But I also won another giveaway a little while ago.
Yes, it’s true… and Tina from What We Keep
put together a package of pink prettiness for me.
There are some pinktastic napkins and place mats, some fun and funky ribbon in pinks and greens, and a lovely vintage pink apron. Love!!
There’s a sweet little tea towel in a lovely shade of green with a bird with a pink wing. So pretty! And Tina embroidered the Spoonfuls of Whimsy tea towel with the name of one of my Etsy shops. How awesome!!
I can’t use either of these. They are way too nice!!!
And last but not least was a fabulous vintage chenille remnant. I have a secret love for chenille. I can only assume that it comes from my childhood, but sadly I don’t see many pieces around here.
When I found my settee set this past weekend it immediately helped me decide on what to do with the chenille remnant, so I went to work on Sunday and made it into a decorative pillow.
Now believe me when I tell you that I am no seamstress and this project was a first for me, but that’s never stopped me before.
How hard could it be?
I had a pillow that I wasn’t using anymore so I removed the cover and reused the 18″ white pillow form. Then I had to decide what to use for the backing. Since I wanted the chenille to be the star of the show I really wanted to use white, but I didn’t have any white fabric.
And for the first time ever… uh huh… a crazy idea popped into my head.
What about a scarf? Yes,.. I said to myself. Why not?
So I went into my stash of crafting scarves (the only scarf I wear is one that I bought in Paris) and found a white one that was knitted-in-the-round. I could put my hands inside it and stretch it quite a bit.
I cut my chenille remnant so it was about 19″ x 19″, so it left about 1/2″ extra on all four sides. Plenty of room for this novice pillow maker to play with.
Then I stretched the scarf so I could get an idea of how long I needed to cut it so that it would be tight across the back. I just did this by eye. I had the rest of the scarf to use if I made a mistake.
I didn’t cut the scarf open because the knit is rather wide and I wanted both layers to be the back of the pillow.
Then I simply turned the right side of the chenille into the scarf and pinned around the bottom and the 2 sides, stretching the scarf along as I was pinning.
So I don’t have any trouble threading a needle I wrap the end with a teeny piece of painter’s tape and it goes through the needle easy peasy.
Because the scarf is a very open knit I decided to hand sew it with white knitting yarn from my craft stash. This went fairly quickly while I was watching television.
Here’s what the front looked like when the three sides were sewn.
And here’s the back.
I turned it right sides out and inserted my pillow form.
Now that back looked kinda scary.
But no worries, the stretchiness of the scarf worked great. All I had to do was pull it up as I stitched the top closed with a blind stitch. (Do I sound like I know what I’m talking about?) My mom was a sewer in her younger days so that helps me sometimes.
And here’s my finished pillow on my settee.
Not perfectly perfect, but I love it so much… and almost perfect is perfect enough for me.
Before I say a huge thanks to Tina I have to mention a piece of advice that she gave me a little while ago when I couldn’t decide between funky or traditional in my master bedroom makeover. Because I love elements of both I sometimes have trouble making up my mind.
I received this comment from Tina…
“Give your heart what it wants, and tell your head to be quiet.” 🙂
When I read that it reminded me that I’m happiest with the process and the outcome when I do just that… follow my heart. It knows me so much better than my brain.
So now when faced with indecision I simply repeat those words to myself. (Except I tell my head to shut up, lol.) And the choice becomes crystal clear. It’s like magic.
Thanks so much Tina! For the package of pretties, and the words of wisdom.
And I want to wish all my American friends a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Thanks so much for reading! Enjoy!