Friday, 22 March 2013

tattered floral union jack pillow

Tim Holtz set a challenge to create something with his Tattered Floral die from Sizzix It seems that the world and his wife have joined in the fun, myself included. There are some great projects and everybody has put in a lot of effort.

At one point I didn't think I would get my project done, it has fought me every step of the way, but I finally finished it this afternoon. The light has been very poor all day due to our fine spring weather. It has been snowing now for over 12 hours, so my snaps are not the best.

I bought some fat quarters last year with a British theme intending to complete a project inspired by the last years celebrations for the Queen and the Olympics.  The project is still to be started but I thought I would use some of the fabric for this project. I decided on a pillow and thought I would use the flowers to create a union jack.

I used cotton for the base and drew the outline of a union jack. I then created the basic design by ironing on red and blue ribbon onto the base fabric using thermo-bond. The bond turned out not to be that great and I had to over sew the ribbon on to the fabric. I can't tell you how many times I had to thread the sewing machine as the thread kept breaking(the thermo bond proved to be quite sticky to sew through). I do know that the sewing machine was at risk of permanent injury.

After cutting many,many, many flowers the were sewn together with a buttons.

Over 80 flowers have been attached to the pillow. When up close I will admit it doesn't much look like a union jack but from a distant you can see what it is suppose to be. I covered up too much of the base fabric where it should be white lines. Overall I am quite pleased with the outcome, which is a blessing when I think of the hours it has taken me to finish.

Tonight I am going to celebrate with a cup of cocoa and a chapter of the book I'm reading tucked up under my blanket, no sense going out in a blizzard if you don't have to.

Until next time keep crafting


1 comment:

  1. Glad to see the finished item, pleased to know the sewing machine is still in one piece, and that perseverance is a virtue many fail at. lol!