Just after Christmas, I created my own fabric sample using Spoonflower.  I used an enlarged photo of one of my 2″ pet portraits to create a fat quarter.  Last weekend, I was fortunate to take a 3 day quilt retreat out of town with friends.  2o women and their projects got together and sewed their hearts out.

Fat quarter, Dachund fabric, Stephanie MaceraI brought several projects, but first on my list was using this fabric to make a pillow.

2014-02-21 12.33.26I packed lots of scrap fabric, but thanks to a tip on Pinterest, I also packed a shirt I no longer wear.

It was perfect for using the snaps as a center of the pillow backing.

That meant I didn’t have to do anything special to create a simple snap closure for the pillow backing

  = no zipper hassle.

2014-02-24 23.01.29The pillow stuffer was on sale 40% off at JoAnn’s Fabric, I had some scrap houndstooth (no pun intended) and some spool ribbon from Hobby Lobby to trim “frame” my pup.

2014-02-24 23.01.23My image was just shy of covering the pillow insert, so my border was

not just to finish the look, but also to extend the face of the pillow to the correct size.

In other words, you can always add trim.

So if you are inspired, sew away!

The shirting was perfect backing.  So, easy.

Complete project time  (I am beginner to average seamstress) 1 to 2 hours.2014-02-24 23.01.38

Spoonflower Dachund fabric, Stephanie Macera

Spoonflower Dachund fabric, Stephanie Macera

I love that it is my creation from beginning to end.
My cat Zuess, hates it.  Look at the scowl.

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