My friend, Linda is expecting another grandchild this month—a little girl (her second granddaughter) and I wanted to make a gift for the new baby and use up some of the leftover fabric from the baby quilt I made for Calvin last spring. I know that doesn’t sound all that generous making a gift because I want to use up fabric scraps but it’s not really as one way as bad as it sounds. I was planning on making a special gift for Linda’s baby granddaughter anyway.
I went a little crazy with baby fabrics when Calvin was on the way. [I claim first-time grandmother amnesty!] Of course most of them are blues and tans to match his nursery’s wall paint. Not exactly very “girly” but I have a lot of leftover baby greens too and I can mix them up with some purple and lavender scraps from my “scrap diving” stash.
I thought about making a crib quilt but Linda said that her daughter-in-law got a lot of “blankets” at her shower. I’m sure that some of them were crocheted afghans but why is it that people from the mid-Atlantic states call quilts, “blankets”? I remember my mother-in-law calling quilts “blankets” too.
Anyway, I decided that I would make a pillow and try out my new embroidery machine. I downloaded the free design from Bunnycup Embroidery, Their designs are whimsical and sew, sew cute and if you sign up to be a “Bunnycup Club” member you’ll get lots of special offers and discounts. This design is called, “Little Cheri” and I just love it.
Here’s another picture of the completed design. Don’t you love the purple hat? I was going to add the baby’s name but her parents haven’t picked one yet. They have a couple of names picked out but are waiting to see the baby before they make the final choice.
I decided to string piece around the bit of embroidery. Some of these scraps are the last of my 70’s and 80’s fabrics and some are new. I like the mix of old and new, bright and subtle colors.
Instead of a square, this pillow will be rectangular with a flange edge and made as a removable sham with a pocket on the back for a little toy when the baby is older. I prefer shams for kids so that they can be removed and washed and of course, you know me by now-- I prewashed all of my fabrics—sew NO shrinkage!
I’ve made these pillows before—here’s a Santa Christmas pocket pillow sham made from a panel print and strip piecing. I made this one for another friend’s granddaughter who is a little timid of Santa Claus. Her mom and dad can sneak a letter & little trinket from “santa” in the pocket while she’s sleeping to lessen her anxiety of the big guy in red.
Here’s a close up of the embellishment details. I added some buttons, machine embroidery, quilting and a bell to dress up “Santa”
I hope to post a tutorial for anyone that’s interested in making their own “pocket pillow”as soon as “Little Cheri” is finished.
UPDATE: My little Cheri pocket pillow is finished--hooray. Here's some updated photos. I'm working on the tutorial now and will post it soon.