One last item got crossed off the list before the New Year! Hooray!
I actually started working on it about five days before Christmas. As you might have surmised-from this post, this one, or this one (and I could find at least five more!)-once I get an idea in my head it is hard for me to move forward until that idea comes to fruition. That meant, I had to make this before I could start wrapping presents, shopping or cooking for Christmas dinner.
I finished this little piece of cross stitch two years ago but hadn't done anything with it.
|It's the Noel cross stitch in the back|
And I had this piece of fabric my mom's friend, Diane, had sent to me a while ago that just needed to be loved.
|Don't they look nice together?|
I was having a discussion with my mom over FaceTime about what to do with both of them. At first I was thinking a wall hanging but, almost simultaneously, we said "pillow." The best part was I had just bought a brand new pillow form at Goodwill for $2 and it was burning a hole in my pocket (so to speak).
I used this YouTube tutorial and it was easy as pie. Except sometimes I can be a Grade A Idiot and I somehow messed it up (I think I didn't measure my pillow form correctly; I may have eyeballed it.)
I found a smaller pillow form and it was still too big so I modified it slightly by taking an inch off the whole darn thing. And it looked like this:
|Not too shabby|
But the back looked like this:
So I added another panel to one of the envelope flaps to lengthen it and the back looked good:
But....I attached the whole thing backwards and the front looked like this:
If you can't tell, that's the back of the cross stitch.
|Yay, I fixed it!|
|Back to unacceptable|
At this point I really was starting to question my sewing abilities.
I put it down for a night, took it apart once more and (finally) got it right.
|Close-up of the cross stitch|
Here it is, in all its glory:
I think it turned out pretty well!
I hope you are finishing some last minute crafts at home. Don't forget to submit a picture to me by December 30 and I will enter you to win a $25 gift certificate to JoAnn's.
I have some ideas for the New Year and can't wait to share them with you.
Keep on Crafting!