Today was supposed to be a get things done day...those things that have been building up. With the heat, humidity and a busy schedule too many household chores got put on the back burner...you know what I mean. Well, my husband spent the whole night up with a stomach bug so unfortunately and fortunately the chores are still sitting undone. Yes, I could have tackled them myself but - naaaaa. It started out hot, sticky and gray and it ended up being a perfect time to get some sewing done. Mainly a pillow project that was supposed to be done for my sister's birthday in mid June.
I used some of my vintage sheets and retro fabrics I've been collecting.
I made a base pillow by reusing just the stuffing from an old couch pillow that was at the end of it's life and some muslin.
Kind of bumpy but it only adds to the homeyness of it.
Actually once the finished cover went on the bumps weren't so visible. The back of the pillow was assembled with over-laying flaps so that it can be easily removed and washed.
While on vacation I picked up this really neat book called A Rainbow of Stitches. It has a ton of ideas for stitching either embroidery or cross-stitch. All of the line drawings are in there so you just trace what you want and stitch it up. It's giving me that visual I need to see the line drawing and imagine what it might look like.
I have been using a regular pencil to trace my pattern onto the fabric although if I were to make this pillow over I would use either a double layer of muslin or a heavier fabric since you can see the threads on the back.
By mid afternoon, after I finished up the pillow and we all had a laid back morning, the humidity finally broke and it turned into a beautiful day. My husband is still not feeling well so I'm hoping tomorrow doesn't bring someone else sick in the family.