On a whim I decided to give my front room a makeover. I guess I didn't think I had enough to do. Or maybe that is just how my crazy mind works. But then I accepted a book deal and so the "quick and simple makeover" has been limping along. It gets ignored for the most part. But every once in awhile I complete another project for it.
You guys! I sewed!!!!
We bought a pick stitch quilt from Pottery Barn about 8 years ago for our bedroom. The stitching is the same color as the fabric so it gives it a texture without the stitches really standing out. I have been meaning to make a pick stick pillow for YEARS and I was going to do it the same as our quilt. But then I changed my mind. I wanted COLOR!
This really is super simple. If I sewed it, then you KNOW it is :)
First I started out with a nice cotton duck fabric. It is my fabric of choice when painting pillows and so I had some on hand. I bought some embroidery thread in the colors of our new family room.
Thread the needle and start by tying a knot on one end.
And then you just do a basic running stitch. P.S. I totally had to google what it was called. HA! #idontsewmuch
It doesn't matter if the stitches are perfect. In fact, I think it is charming when they are uneven and occasionally crooked. You want it to look handmade and not like a machine did it. Have fun and don't stress about everything lining up.
Once you complete the line of stitches, tie it off on the other end. Keep going until you have filled the whole front side. I opted to only stitch one side. You can do both if you want. I certainly has enough thread to do both had I wanted.
Then I just sewed it like normal fabric.
I am hoping to have my new gallery wall photographed and up on the blog soon. It is slowly but surely coming along :)
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What a great idea Stacy! I usually hate having to sew free hand, but this looks like a project I could handle. I even have all the supplies on hand, which means its even better! Thanks for sharing, I will definitely be pinning this one!
I usually hate sewing of any kind :P But one movie later and this was done. Not too bad!
Your pillow turned out so pretty. I just love Pick Stitching. I did something similar last year on some mini Christmas stocking and loved it. Love the idea of using multiple colors, so pretty.
I do have to say this is a very well timed post. I have a been wanting to sew something fierce lately but haven't been able to figure out what to work on. Now I know. Thanks.
Pick stitching would be darling on a sticking! I bet they were so cute :)
Adorable! I will have to try this soon.
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