Spring Pillow Tuck with Sizzix

I’ve been playing with my fabric scraps again. Totally inspired by the bright colors to pull myself out of the winter doldrums and create something springlike and happy.  This time, a fun and funky pillow tuck I made for the Sizzix blog.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix SpringPillowI’m all about trying to find new and creative ways to use my supplies. I know Valentine’s Day is over, but that doesn’t mean you have to put away the hearts yet. With a little imagination, basic shapes can take on new forms, like this little flower I made from the new Hearts, True Affections die. It’s definitely a unique twist on the norm, but that’s what makes it so fun.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix SpringPillow2The Hearts, True Affections die has three basic heart shapes to choose from. I used both the solid shape, and the outline shape to create my funky flower, in a bit of a mixed-media combination of fabric, floss, and water color paper. The whole thing was given a shabby finish with a liberal smearing of gesso, for good measure.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix SpringPillow3Water coloring has become a very hot trend again, and I’ve been slowly dipping my toes in the water. The outline here is actually water color paper that’s been sloshed with a range of green water colors. Since water color paper is much more sturdy than regular cardstock, it can really stand up to the abuse. After adding the outline to the top of my fabric, the two were hand stitched together, and then lightly tacked to a fabric backing. I stitched only the bottom and a couple of small tucks in the center, then left the rest free to float and bend.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix SpringPillow4I added a very shabby pair of hand-stitched leaves and a stem made from scrap wool, and viola…a flower emerges. Finished off with a spring sentiment embroidered from my own hand-writing. A few coiled rosettes and a big, bright fabric bow finish my design. It’s funky, but it makes me smile, and that’s all that matters. If you’re interesting in learning more, I have the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Sizzix blog today.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix SpringPillow5

Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a very happy day!
P.S. Looking ahead to tomorrow..

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Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

Fabric: Bobbins and Bits Collection by Designer Pat Sloan for Moda Fabrics
Floss: DMC
Fusible Fleece Interfacing: Therm O Web
Ink: SEI
Gesso, Water Colors, Water Color Paper, Felt

20 thoughts on “Spring Pillow Tuck with Sizzix

  1. What a fun little project! I love the colors and patterns – so perfect for spring. I hope you’re starting to warm up a bit and that spring will arrive for you soon!

  2. Cute pillow, Audrey! Clever way to use up those scraps. Would you mind sending me your snail-mail addy? I’d love to send you a little something. Have a great day!

    d kaste at wi dot rr dot com

  3. What a sweet adorable unique pillow, Audrey! Wonderful stitching and great use of fabric scraps! What a talent you have!:-)

  4. Oh so fun and funky! Your stitching projects always give me project envy, lol. This is perfect to welcome in spring! I’ve been itching to get my toes into the water with some watercolor techniques too.

  5. That outline in the watercolor paper is such a clever idea. Love the stitching and the touch of gesso. You know your sewing projects are some of my faves. Hugs!

  6. OMG Audrey this is a gem!!! It would be perfect on my couch;) No just kidding….but you did a fantastic job with this pillow cover. It made me think of folk art. The colors and that stunning flower you created…….lovely!!!

  7. You really should open a store selling your homemade treasures! I would snap them up in a heartbeat. This looks amazing! You work so well with fabric my friend!

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