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On to the tutorial...
Today I'd like to share with you an idea that I had for a pretty spring pillow and a tutorial so you can make one too! The other day, I was playing around with some yarn, making little flower shapes from a crocheted chain (I wasn't just mindlessly daydreaming, I was trying to come up with a new crochet flower design), when I started to wonder how the shapes would look sewn onto fabric. This led me to the question,
"Is it even possible to machine sew a crocheted chain onto fabric?"
Well, the answer is YES, it is. And it looks pretty cool, too! It almost has the appearance of a thick crewel embroidery, but, is much easier to do (for me, anyway).
So, here we go...
A 20 x 20 pillow form
approx 3/4 yds fabric
small amounts of yarn. I used Robins Egg Blue and Lilac Cotton, and 2 shades of Green Wool
f or g crochet hook
ruler and disappearing marking pen
With the crochet hook and the blue yarn make 12 separate chains as follows:
(Here's a great tutorial on making crochet chains from Aesthetic Nest)
3 chains 30 stitches long
3 chains 32 stitches long
3 chains 34 stitches long
make 4 chains in lilac (26, 30, 32 and 34 stitches long)
make 3 chains in the darker green (40, 44 and 48 stitches long)
chain 52 in light green.
Finish each chain by weaving in its ends.
I'll give you a hint...It doesn't come from a fabric store.
A bigger hint...I got it at The Home Depot.
It's a canvas drop cloth. It has a great texture and little flecks of color throughout. Plus, it was cheap. (It would work out to be $2.75 per yard if it were a 54 inch wide bolt.) So why not?
Using your ruler and disappearing ink pen, draw 4 guide lines on the fabric where you would like the stems to be, mine are at random intervals between 3 1/4 inches and 4 inches apart.
Starting with the longest chain for each flower, pin the center of the chain at the tip of the stem. Stretching the yarn gently, shape the flower and pin in place using as few pins as possible (allowing the chain to stretch a bit as you sew).
Finish the other three tulips in the same way and you have a beautiful front piece for your pillow.
Pin onto your front piece with right sides together and hemmed parts overlapping Sew around the perimeter of the entire square. Trim the corners and finish the edges by serging or zig-zagging. For more detailed instructions on sewing the pillow, see my Simple Pillow Cover tutorial.
Turn right side out and stuff.
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