A wonderful woman helped us plan our vacation -- Deborah Breneman of Life Candy Travel (I can't wait to plan our next Disney trip with her!) I wanted to give her a little something in thanks. But is her home full of souvenirs from WDW? Did she need another Mickey ornament for her tree? So I decided to make her a little something.
I've been experimenting with raw-edge machine applique lately, and really like the look. It's very easy to do, using the darning foot on the sewing machine -- you can just sew anywhere you like. And, I really liked this pillow I saw on Natural Life:
So, I gave it a try myself, with a few Disney variations.
"Welcome Home!" was our greeting at the resort gate on our first day. I cried a little. (Surprised?) I sewed a "Hidden Mickey" on the front door -- just sew round-and-round three times!
I had all these fabrics and trims in my crafty stash. I made the appliques using iron-on adhesive, then just sewed around them and embellished. If you sew around each element 3 or 4 times, it gives that shabby chic look that I love.
I made my first pillow in the shape of the house, as in the example, but for the second one I added some strips of fabric to make it into a square, which I liked better, and which I sent to Deborah.
Then, because I was really cruising with this machine embroidery technique thingie, I designed a pillow myself:
This one was much easier. It's just a simple envelope-style pillow. I chalked on the words, then machine-stitched over them 3 or 4 times. Using the darning foot, you can sew back and forth a few stitches at the end of a word to lock your threads, then move to the next area you want to stitch, lock a few stitches and go -- clip and trim up the loose threads when you are done. I made an applique of the star, ironed it on and stitched around it with black thread.
I made two more pillows using this same technique, but I'll have to wait to show you those until after I give them away.
And just because, here's Annie, lounging in the library chair: