Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Rainbow pillow... abandoned but not forgotten...
A while back, i found this pretty pillow out on blogland. My first thought was, "I must make this!" I started pretty much right away. Luckily, I had just (finally) hemmed my living room curtains, and had plenty of this neutral colored, medium weight fabric hanging around!
Unfortunately I had no ribbon. Ha! That's a big lie and we all know it :) I had plenty of ribbon, obvi. I cut rainbow bits from all the right colors, and laid out a rainbow on the fabric. I also had a roll of iron on hem tape (because when I said I emmed my curtains, I meant I iron hemmed them!), so I cut pieces that fit under the ribbons and fit them all under the ribbons. Yay! Or so I thought, but more on that in a second....
Now, I'm not a big embroiderer, but I'm pretty proud of this cloud. It's just craft store felt, but the glittery kind. Pretty! I wrote thewords on first with a disappearing ink pen, then embroidered over it with black and silver.
And then things got messy.
I followed the instructions on the iron on tape, but didn't even think that - DUH - the pieces of hem tape were wider than the ribbon!!! So when I went to pull off the damp red towel I was using as a press cloth.... it was STUCK. I fought back and ripped it offas carefully as I could, but as you can see, the redf uzz is everywhere. I use wonder-under all the time, so this mistake was a total brain fart. Also, because i had to work so hard to pull the towel off, many of theribbons shifted and pulled off. UGH.
So i put it away. And there it has sat for months, though i would ocasionally pull it out and sigh.
I finally decided yesterday that I'd sew over each color stripe with matching thread to secure the ribbons, then toss it in the wash to see what would happen. Otherwise I start the rainbow over. So that's where I am now. rainbow sewn, pillow in washer, me waiting nervously for the result... I'll keep you posted.