Finishing Ideas for Handcrafts

Quaker Hedgehog Pyn Pillow

September 11, 2009
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I know you’ve seen the free chart for a Hedgehog Quaker on The Workbasket. When I first saw it, I immediately conceived the idea for this Pyn Pyllow:quaker hedgehog 012

I stitched it with some beautiful floss I received from Iza with the floss tag she stitched for me for the Tiny Treasures Floss Tag Exchange. I’ve emailed both Candy and Mary at The Workbasket to ask their permission to post the directions for finishing this little treasure on my blog, but I haven’t heard from either one yet.

So, I’m going to go ahead and share my finishing idea for this Pyn Pillow. Please Click on this link and then right click and save the pdf file to your computer: Hedgehog_Quaker_by_The_Workbasket (I’ll figure out an easier way some day!)

If you use my finishing idea, won’t you please send me a picture?  My email is on the About Me page, towards the bottom.

And I’d love to have your comments about this finishing tutorial!

Thanks for visiting today.


Removable Cushion Cover

June 15, 2008
For my dear floss-daughter’s new baby, I wanted to make a special gift. 
I apologize in advance for the poor quality on some of the pictures – I had difficulty eliminating the glare with the white on white backing fabric.
Step 1: Cross stitch your design. Try to leave enough un-worked border for your seams (if you haven’t , there is a solution, to be covered in another article). 
Step 2Step 2: Iron lightweight interfacing to the wrong side of your stitched work. This helps protect the back, and also serves to anchor the threads.
Step 3Step 3: For the back, select a complimentary piece of fabric. I chose a white on white design to compliment the DMC B5200 on 28 count natural linen. Cut it to the same width as your stitched piece.
Step 4Step 4: You will need two pieces for the back – each as wide as your stitched piece and 4″ longer than half the height.
Step 5Step 5: Iron lightweight interfacing to the wrong side of each backing piece. Fold under two inches on each piece at the long side (these will overlap in the middle of your cushion).
Step 6Step 6: Work buttonholes near the folded edge on one piece of fabric.
Step 7Step 7: If you want to add lace, pin the lace to the front stitched piece, along the seam line,  right sides together. (BTW, at first I was going to publish this prior to sending it off – hence “hiding” the design.)
Step 8Step 8: Match the back pieces to the front stitched piece, right sides together, overlapping centers. Make sure the piece with buttonholes is under the overlap of the second piece.
Step 9: Sew along seam allowances (I use ¼ inch) on all four sides of your cushion. Re-sew 1-2 inches at each corner for strength. Trim the corners close to stitching.
Step 10: Turn to right side, pushing out corners with a knitting needle.
Step 11Step 11: Mark placement of buttons with a pencil through the buttonholes.
Step 12Step 12: Sew on buttons.
Step 13Step 13: If, like me, your cushion is an odd size – make a simple stuffed pillow to fit. Stuff it into your cushion cover.
Step 14Step 14: Button the back to secure.
Step 15Step 15: Display!

Questions?  Please do not hesitate to ask!




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