Saturday, December 26, 2009

Embroidered Pillow Cover for Megan

I hope everyone had a great Christmas! Ours was great. We went to church on Christmas eve and it was a lovely service done by our youth group that really reminded us of the real reason for celebrating Christmas.

I focused on taking it very easy with Christmas buying this year. I tried to make some handmade gifts and I actually only went into the mall once to buy some chocolate for the kids stockings; 20 minutes in and out! The kids actually really enjoyed a more low key Christmas which was really nice to see and it was great to come in well under budget too. It just reminded me that it really isn't necessary for the kids to get hoards of stuff they just forget about in a few weeks!

When my daughter asked for a handmade pillow cover with an embroidery on it on her Christmas list I was surprised as I had already started an embroidery to make exactly that!

In early December I received my stamp of the month kit from Unity Stamps and as a free gift there was a small set of  Love Bug stamps included. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to use the VW bug image designed by Lisa Hetrick as an embroidery pattern and make something for my daughter with it; she absolutely loves VW bugs! I promptly emailed Lisa and Angela from Unity and they were both gracious enough to allow me to enlarge the image and use it for embroidery.

When my daughter opened it she loved it. She thought it was so pretty and she was hugging the cushion quite a bit all evening. I know she will treasure it for years to come. I wish I had gotten a picture of her opening the gift.

Above is a back view of the pillow. I used every scrap I had cut. I cut 1 2.25 inch strip of WOF for each fabric I used on the front and the top panel and the back is what was leftover after completing the front of the cushion. I love it when I can use up everything I initially cut (Even the excess around the image was used up)!


  1. That is a super cute pillow...I love all the colors you chose!

  2. Great cushion Marianne! I have an embroidery hoop that lately has been calling me to bring it out into daylight -- now just to find a project -- I have a drawer full, but they are the old traditional designs, something new and modern seems to be in order...

  3. Way past cool! You are such a thoughtful and creative mom! I had a Bug in high school and this brought back lovely memories!

    Happy, Happy New Year!

  4. What a sweet, sweet gift Marianne!! Isn't it fun when you are one step ahead of your daughter?

  5. Hi Marianne! Thanks for the really nice comment on my art and mitts, am still new to the whole blog thing so I can't figure how to email you, anyways, the mitt pattern is on, called dragon scale mitts, its really fun to make, I did add a extra repeat of the pattern both before and after the thumb gusset. Let me know how you like it!

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