Two weeks ago (maybe not even that long ago...) I was flipping through the mail and caught a quick glimpse of the back cover of the latest Land of Nod catalogue...
That's all it took. At the time I didn't even realize that the pictures were photos of prints that they were selling, of course, duh, that's why they are in the catalogue...I know, I know...Anywho, the point is, that I fell in love with those feathers! And I knew I wanted needed to make a pillow with those feathers!
So despite the many other things that needed to get done, I set out to make another pillow for our living room from my scraps!
I cut out my feather shapes from scraps of linen and the centers from scraps of felted wool. (In case you are interested, here are the templates I made and used for those pieces.) The little itty bitty strips came from my picnic basket of smaller scraps. I used the same method I used to make my Ikea bird pillow, backing each piece with Heat and Bond and ironing on before stitching.
But, I really love the way it turned out.
For the back, I decided against an envelope closure because I really wanted to use a solid piece of Anna Maria Horner's Fine Feathered fabric for two reasons...1) because I love it so very much and 2) because this way the pillow can be flipped over if one was so inclined and it looks just as pretty!
I will say though that, at the time of making this pillow the longest zipper I had was 7". Um, that was about three inches shorter than I needed it to be. But I was bound and determined and after some time I managed to squeeze in my pillow form. I'm a bit impatient (as I think I may have mentioned before) and I didn't want to wait to go out to buy a zipper. I probably should have waited, but hey, I don't plan to take the cover off anytime soon...so it'll be fine. It's a fun new addition to our pile of handmade pillows. I love the tiny hints of color in the pillow. I also love that it's subtle at the same time, that subtly is what attracted me to the original print in the first place after all...
Have a great day!