I showed you my "Perked Up Porch" in my last post where I slathered my front entryway with pink and purple flowers and several accessories in the same shades.
The one thing that was missing from the porch was a comfy pillow on the Muskoka chair. Hubby spends a great deal of time in this chair reading during the summer months so I knew he would appreciate a soft place to land.
I bought this book back before Christmas and made a few things out of it.
My favourite project from the book so far is this dear sweet Patchwork Pixie.
When it came time to make the pillow for the porch, I decided to create another of these adorable items.
The book featured the instructions to make a reverse applique Christmas Tree pillow.
It also suggested making a pillow in a Valentine's Day theme. I thought this heart version would be welcoming on our porch -- so I set out to make one!
I had never done any "reverse applique" before. Basically, it is done in three steps.
First I created a patchwork "quilt" of sorts. I sewed together squares of pretty fabric, then layered this with quilt batting and a backing fabric.
Then I machine-quilted it to hold the layers together.
Next, I layered a piece of plain coloured fabric over top of the mini "quilt."
Because I had chosen a heart shape for this pillow, I traced the shape of a large heart in the centre of the plain fabric.
Then I stitched through the layers on top of my traced heart. Three times I went around the heart shape in order to secure the fabric together.
Then came the scary part. I took my sharpest scissors and cut inside the stitched heart as closely as I could to the stitches. I had to be VERY careful not to cut the stitches or any of the fabric on the outside of the stitched line.
(I'm not going to lie - I did cut some of the fabric in the wrong place, but I was able to fix it up with a little piece of leftover fabric!)
After the decorative front of the pillow was complete, I sewed a matching back to it and turned it into a simple envelope pillow.
Now it has slid perfectly into my pink and purple porch scheme.
And it is plenty comfy enough for my hubby's reading perch.
Mind you - he has complained a few times about the over-abundance of femininity out there on the porch.
Okay. Maybe it is a bit too much pink and purple for most men - but I reminded him it was better that I decorated like this OUTSIDE, rather than INSIDE!
Have a lovely long weekend!
Hugs to all!