In a Finishing Mood


I was in a finishing mood.  It was Saturday and I was fairly sure I wouldn’t have any interruptions so I decided to gather the Valentine pieces I stitched last week and get them done.

These are the pieces I had stitched that I wanted to finish.

In the process, I had to trim some pieces down and I thought I would take a couple of pictures and show you how to cut linen squarely.

So make a clip in the fabric…isolate one thread.

Gently pull the thread.

Pull it until it gives and you can pull the entire thread out.

Then you will have a line with no thread like you see in the photo below.

Then take a scissor and cut on that line that was created.

First up I worked on… Love is Kind.  You can find the free chart HERE.  This was made so that it could be made into a heart but of course, it didn’t have to be.  I decided to go with the heart idea.

First I added some black rick rack and red fabric to the stitched piece.  Then, I held it up to the light to try to center the design.

I traced the heart onto the fabric.

Then I put interfacing on the back of the piece.  I could still see the line through the interfacing so I went over the line so I could see it to stitch on.

I put interfacing on the backing piece, put the two pieces right side together, and sewed on the line leaving an opening.  I used polyfil and crushed walnut shells for the stuffing.  I whip stitched the opening closed.

I played with some ribbon and other do-dads and ended up with this.

The next one I worked on was Love You More.  You can find the free chart HERE.

I added some red and some lace to this one…

I used interfacing.  I sewed the right sides together leaving and opening.  I turned it and stuffed it with Polyfil and crushed walnuts.

I ended up adding this to the front.

Here is my Always pillow.  It’s from Hello from Liz Mathews.  You can find the chart HERE.  I used the same method to finish this one.  I just love it.

I saved the hardest one for last.  Remember I was stitching this with the intention of it being stocking but I stitched it wrong?  This one is also a freebie from Plum Street Samplers.  You can find this freebie HERE.

I didn’t leave enough room in my fabric.  I decided I would need to turn it into an ornament.

I used sticky board.  Then hot glue.

I made two larger pieces of sticky board with fabric covering.  I glued down a hanger and a key charm.

Then I assembled it to look like this…

I have it hanging on my rack in the living room.  I think in the end, I’m happy it didn’t work as a stocking.  I like this better.

I used a key from THIS bundle on Amazon.

I am so thankful for my box of sewing do-dads that I bought at the thrift store.  Do you remember me buying this?  Read THIS POST if you missed it.  That is one of my most popular blog posts.

These things all came in handy when I was finishing these projects today.

Here they are all displayed.  I bought this wooden box when Kalissa and I were shopping/junking one day.

Here’s the Always pillow…

…the love you more pillow…

…and the “Love is Kind” heart.

I’m so pleased with how four of them turned out.  I stitched all of the pieces over a weekend and finished them all in about 2 hours on Saturday.

It was LOTS of fun and I’m so happy I can enjoy them for the rest of the month.  Hmm.  Now I wish I could find some simple fast springtime freebies.

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