We’ve got a change of pace today – no more pot holders. Today I’m writing about the pillow I made for my roommate J for Christmas. J is a high school teacher and she has a student who likes to come into the classroom and say “This class is poppin’!” J and I were joking that it should be on a pillow, and then I said “I’ll make you a pillow with that on it for Christmas!” (A week or so later I checked with her to confirm that she did, in fact, actually want a pillow for Christmas, just in case.) I asked J if she had color preferences and she said yellow so it would “pop.” I chose purple fabric and embroidered it in yellow. J also approved the fabric choice. Since she already knew what she was getting, it made sense to make sure she liked everything.
My original image of the pillow was a cross stitch-style motto, like old fashioned pillows. However, I’ve never done cross stitch before and I didn’t trust myself to make nice, neat little crosses. I was afraid it would look messy, so I abandoned that and did one of my regular stitches.
I traced out the letters first and then I embroidered the front piece of fabric.
Once I finished the embroidery, I pinned the front and back pieces together.
I left a gap when I sewed around the edge, but it wasn’t a wide enough gap to push the pillow through. I ended up having to rip out a couple more inches.
I sewed the gap closed one my machine with purple thread.
The finished product: