Monday, November 18, 2013

Owl Pincushion

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I made this owl pincushion for my Gram who is turning 93 tomorrow! She sews adorable dresses, nightgowns and bathrobes for 18 inch dolls (like the American Girl dolls), so I thought it'd be fun to make her a new pincushion!

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I traced my owl drawing onto fabric with a disappearing ink marker and stitched my design with a couple of different stitches (stem stitch, chain stitch, back stitch, satin stitch, and seed stitch).  I used a sewing machine to sew my embroidery and my green patterned fabric right sides together, leaving a little hole for turning the owl right side out.

I'm usually a disaster with a sewing machine and would like to happily add that I only had to use a seam ripper twice!  (My first attempt I did a perfect sewing job only to realize I had my backing fabric wrong side out!)  I then turned the owl right side out, stuffed it, and hand sewed up my turning hole!

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We had my Gram's birthday party over the weekend, so later this week I'll share a few pictures of the table we had set up for it!

4 comments:

  1. This is both beautiful and sweet!!!!
    xxxxx Ale

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  2. ... and you do embroidery too! I love the stem stitch and running stitch, but could never manage satin stitch which you have made a beautiful job on the owl's beak! You're Gram must have been thrilled with such a thoughtful gift that she can use for her dressmaking skills!

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  3. What a lovely owl! I like her dreamy face expression. I am terrible at sewing machine! Once I told my DH we had to take it back to the store, because it was broken, but after a while I realised I didn't thread it properly :)
    Many good wishes to your dear Gram!!

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  4. Lovely, neat stitching Kate! What a lovely gift!
    Wishing you a happy week.....
    Carly
    x

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