I love wool and felt. Maybe it’s the influence of living up north and the cold.s. These fabrics are the most forgiving fabrics and so versatile. I have a decent stash, ahem, OK maybe bigger than that. In addition to this fabric I love the look of free motion feathers and normally when I do quilt, that it inevitably my go to pattern.In addition I love having a hand project going.
So I thought I’d combine all 3 loves. I hope this appeals to you as it really is a make it your own kinda project project. My color choices were based on the fact that it is going in my family room and I already have a lot that I made based on the colors from Art Gallery fabrics Lavish collection. I had some hand dyed wool felt blend, some wool and purchased wool felt blend fabrics all used in this pillow.
I used a marble gray for my pillow base, my goal was a 16″ pillow , so I cut this somewhere around 18″. I used my sizzix die for my feathers and then trimmed them to help them all nest. I used some “feathers” as is from the sizzix( included in pattern) but many I trimmed with super sharp scissors(also included). I used a couple different shades of green, pinks, very light gray and very dark gray. My birdie was made out of light gray wool. He is heavily embroidered with a lazy daisy stitch and french knots.
Download the feather pattern here ( there are some other shapes on there as well)
Trace your shapes onto paper side of freezer paper and cut out, I cut a turn of “feathers” in multiple sizes to audition my design.I used DMC floss in a matching color to the felt. All of the feathers were stitched with a blanket stitch. I tried to get smaller stitches near the fine points. I used 2 strands of threads.
For this project I did not use a fusible product, I just pin each feather. I honestly just sit there and audition everything. I started with a circle ( use the bottom of a shot glass as a good pattern) and built my feathers around that. I did the bottom of the pillow first, making sure to curl up the row for some interest. Kinda of imagine a center line where all of your feathers are reaching from. For more interest I also added small pieces on top, again randomly. I added a couple of layered circles and of course the birdie.
The one bad thing that I have run across with a wool felt blend is they tend to curl when you wash them. When you purchase wool/rayon combo felt it looks like craft felt, I wash mine to give it that bumpy, worn look. When you do that sometimes you lose that flatness ( it also shrinks, so always buy more!). I had thought about turning this into a framed picture and doing three but the gray would never lay flat, so a pillow it became. By no means am I unhappy with it, I love it actually! The picture doesn’t do it justice ( I might be bias).
For the birdie:
download the pattern: boho-birdie011
I traced the birdie on the paper side of the freezer paper and cut out with sharp scissors(affliate link) I set it in the corner, pinned and attached with blanket stitch. Then I did a bunch a lazy daisy stitches and french knots making tiny daises all over the bird. I used the same thread as I did to attach him.
Once everything was placed I actually did envelope style backing with wool blend felt, Its cheap and easy because you can use the raw edge. I rotary cut the raw edge first with a krimper blade. My backing was 2 pieces 18 1/2″ by 10 1/2″ layer the pieces to be a square.
Then lay your finished piece on top, good side up. I sewed with black thread about 1/2 away from edge. Then I used the krimper rotary cutter and went all around. I used my ruler just like I normally do.
I hope you love this. I can’t say that this is a beginner project, but it is all blanket stitching, once your comfortable with that you will be fine to do this.
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