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July and Boo pillows finished

Hi everyone, I was pleased to get the July pillow finished, I am loving the red fabric I just happened to have in my stash, I was initially convinced I would struggle with finding the right fabric but was glad it matched the red perfectly.

I am in a bit of a pillow making mood at the moment, as you can see from all of my previous posts, I managed to finally finish my Boo Cross Stitch design into a pillow too.
Finishing the pillow….
I don’t give the instructions in the pattern how to finish the pillow but it is a very easy pillow to make.
I decided  how large I wanted to make the pillow and measured from the edge of the cross stitch all around, I left about an inch margin from all four edges. I ironed the cross stitch face down on a towel and then attached iron on interfacing to the back, I then cut two strips of fabric for the sides each measuring 3.5 inches wide and attached non iron-on interfacing to the fabric,( you can use iron on if you prefer) stitch the side fabric to the cross stitch at the sides and press the seams.
Measure two pieces of fabric for the top and the bottom, again these were 3.5 inches wide, stitch these sides to the top and bottom and press with the iron.
You now have a finished front, I then made an envelope back and used orange press stud fasteners on the opening.
I tend to use this method for all of my pillow finishes, I find it gives them a crisp, fresh look. I also made a pillow insert but did not have quite enough fibre fill for the inside so it is not as full as I would like it to be.
I am also excited to share with you some new items for my Etsy shop that I received today, quite a few items won’t go into the shop until next week but I have started to list some of them.   
As they say on Podcasts, if you are not interested in this next segment then look away now! Lol….
Little House NeedleWorks, Country Cottage Needleworks, Carriage House Samplings and Sue Hillis Designs are among a few of the new patterns I will be listing soon, I have posted a few photos below.
There are also some new Victorian Embroidery Scissors that I absolutely love and wanted to keep for myself! If there is anything you like but are not signed into Etsy you can email me direct if you wish.
Here are  a few Carriage House Samplings Patterns and Broderie De Paris by Sue Hillis Designs
Country Cottage Needleworks, London, Paris, Rome and New York
A couple of cross stitch Gauge for measuring your fabric
Until next time, happy stitching!
Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. August 6, 2017 / 6:45 am

    So much fine you have in your business.
    I like yours progress keeper.
    Have a nice weekend.

  2. August 6, 2017 / 6:45 am

    That pillow is beautiful! Good luck with the new shop stock. I would want to keep it all for myself!

  3. August 6, 2017 / 6:45 am

    Cute finishes, I really love Boo!

  4. August 6, 2017 / 6:45 am

    I like the Boo patterns, I have make this and have it ond the wall, Like a painting, its nice, but I like your pillow more.
    I want to ask you if you intend to bring Halloween and Christmas fabric to your etsy shop.
    Wish you a nice sunny day.

  5. August 6, 2017 / 6:45 am

    The pillows are beautiful.
    The Sue Hills cross design is lovely, love the red

  6. August 6, 2017 / 6:45 am

    Both pillows are so cute, Lynn! And thank you for the instructions–I have never finished a pillow this way, but they will be very helpful when I do. Hope you enjoy these last few days of July!

  7. August 6, 2017 / 6:45 am

    Great pillow idea, they all look so beautiful.
    Happy stitching.

  8. August 6, 2017 / 6:45 am

    Love your BOO pillow Lynn. When is the pattern going to be available?

  9. August 6, 2017 / 6:45 am

    Love both of these pillows – the red July pillow is so eye catching – great colors!

  10. August 6, 2017 / 6:45 am

    Hi,Lynn! What gorgeous pillows. Love the Halloween one – and those scissors in your Etsy shop – beautiful and elegant.