Monday, January 9, 2012

You Asked For It

Remember the old tv program called "You Asked for It", where people would write in and ask for something they wanted to see on the program?
In my last post, when I showed you how I covered a bench with burlap...seen hereseveral of you asked what I was going to do with the "fun part" of the bag. Actually, at the time, I hadn't thought much about it.




A couple of  you suggested that I might make a pillow, so I started thinking of how to go about it.
The burlap is so thick and fibrous, I was afraid I'd ruin my sewing machine, soooo....
I thought maybe I could use Heat 'n' Bond tape on the sides, instead of sewing them.



Although the Heat 'n' Bond seemed to work ok, I decided to do a blanket stitch on the edges, to reinforce them, and add a little decorative touch. 




I had the jute twine, as well as the humongus needle to sew it with... I keep all kinds of junk things for projects which I might  want to do...sometime
I also found a big bag of poly fill when I was cleaning out the closets the other day, and used that for stuffing, instead of buying a pillow form.






This is the blanket stitching I used on the edge. Don't look too closely at it. Hand stitching is another gene I didn't inherit. 




Here's the "back side". Actually, this was on the front, but just folded over to make the back.  






Ta Da! What do you think?




... and here it is on the bench in the foyer.


Thanks to everyone for your nice comments on the bench makeover, and for y'all who encouraged me to find a use for the graphics/fun side of the bag..."You asked for it".  Hugs and thanks for the challenge.
I'm joining
Kim@Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
Christina@I Gotta Create for Kiss and Tell...Jan. 11th.
Honey@ 2805 for Potpourri Friday
Diann@The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday

47 comments:

Olive Cooper said...

Gorgeous and now you have your self about a seventy dollar pillow. I love to do blanket stitch and yours look great.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

You go girl. I love it. Perfection with the twine added.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Oh my gosh this is perfect. I totally LOVE the blanket stitch. You will be able to put that pillow anywhere in your house and it will look like it belongs. Great job!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Oh wow, I think it's wonderful! Love that graphic!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Love the pillow and I think you did a fabulous job with the handstitching.
I was at the store yesterday and something made me pick up a pack of needles- all different sizes.. I was thinking , sheesh, I wont be using those bigger ones. Now I see I might be using it after all..

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

It looks great. Blanket stitch was the way to go.

Pat said...

Oh my gosh! Your stitching makes it just perfect! Aren't you a handy girl!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT Babs!!

Sarah said...

Wow, this looks fantastic. I think the blanket stitch was the perfect touch for this piece. Great idea, Babs. I'm impressed that you not only did this, but you did it quickly. I'd probably still be thinking about doing it.
~ Sarah

Designs on 47th Street said...

Way to go Lady! Two projects and it's not even mid January! I think you did a great job on your blanket stitch. That is really a neat pillow. My sewing skills are so rusty. I've probably told you that many times. ;)

Donna

Designs By Pinky said...

LOVE that pillow!! The stiching looks great to me! It is all just beautiful. XO, Pinky

Jo's This and That said...

Great Job! I love the pillow! You could sell them! Thanks for sharing you cleaver idea! JoAnn

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

How great is that pillow!!!..I love the added touch of the blind stitch!..A perfect addition to your bench!

LisaMende said...

awesome! i have to admit yesterday, i was thinking wonder why Babs didn't use that printed part on the bench but now i see you are more clever than me! you got the bench covered and made a beautiful pillow! good job!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

The pillow is "fun". Love it.

Kelly said...

No need to apologize. You did an awesome job making that pillow! I LOVE IT! It's adorable. Isn't it nice when you can look at something with a new set of eyes and see it differently than you did before. You had something wonderful and didn't even know it! Ha!

red.neck chic said...

I think you're BRILLIANT!!! LOVE the pillow!!!

;-D robelyn

The French Hutch said...

Wow, Babs a what great idea for the remainder of the bag. I love the pillow and the way you made it. I think the blanket stitch is perfect for the burlap. I love all things burlap and this pillow is adorable. I like your post title, You Asked For It, cleaver, creative post.
Hope your having a great week.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Dana Bishop said...

Babs, we have certainly fallen out of touch. It was such a pleasure to read your comment. Well, that pillow is amazing and so is your blanket stitch. I love that idea so much and I am in the midst of pillow-mania (a blog post for tomorrow) so I am going to try something just like yours! I'm sure mine won't be as chic. SOOOO impressed.

Hugs, Dana
www.northwesttexas.blogspot.com

Sue said...

I like it!! And your blanket stitch is fine- rustic, home-made, whatever you choose to call it- it says "made with love." If and when I ever get done purging, I need to make my own with one of the bags I'm saving from my stash! :-) Sue

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Babs,

You did a wonderful job on the pillow and the bench.

Dee

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

I think great minds think alike there! Great job, I love the print.

Lizabeth @ Infuse With Liz said...

Perfecto! You nailed it! Love it!!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Babs, you did a great job! It's perfect!

On Crooked Creek said...

Babs,
I think you did a fabulous job on your pillow! I adore the blanket stitching! This is such a unique accessory! It will be a wonderful conversation piece for days to come! Great creativity at work...enjoy the fruits of your labors!
Fondly,
Pat

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow, Babs! It's fabulous! And I don't know what you mean about your sewing...it looks fabulous! I'm so glad you decided to do something with it!...hugs...Debbie

Twice Nice said...

Looks wonderful! That's a great solution. Love it! Deb

Susan said...

Oh I think the blanket stitch just added to the beauty of your pillow!

Kim said...

Love it Babs! You rocked that pillow.
xoxo,
Kim

Barb~Bella Vista said...

I think it is fabulous, Babs. I love it.

Barb ♥

Blue Creek Home said...

It turned out great! Love the big twine blanket stitch.
Rhonda

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

I LOVE it! Great graphic print on that thick burlap and the blanket stitch adds to the texture and appeal! Thanks SO much for sharing it at the Kiss & Tell party!! <3

Shelia said...

It's gorgeous! You're the smartest one to embroidery with the twine! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Southern Lady said...

I love it!!! Carla

Tricia said...

What a great-looking result! I read the previous post, too, and I am a new follower.

Betsy said...

Such a great graphic, love the pillow.
Betsy

Honey at 2805 said...

Looks terrific and the graphic is great! Thank you for linking this lovely post to Potpourri Friday!

SavannahGranny said...

Isn't this the perfect ending. The fun part made the perfect pillow for the bench.
Blessings, Ginger

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

I love it! Great project.

Kathleen said...

It came out great, Babs! I think your stitches look fine!

Kathleen said...

PS
Cant wait for the next episode of Downton Abbey Sunday!

Ivy and Elephants said...

The pillow is just grand! It would sell for a fortune! We'd love to have you link it to our linky party as well, so we can show you off!
Hugs,
Patti

Melody said...

What a perfect twosome. You did a wonderful job!

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Babs, I loved this so much I had to feature it on my Facebook "Artist Talent Album" today! Thanks for sharing your pillow at my Kiss & Tell party!
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Igottacreate/100573240032625?sk=wall

AntiqueChase said...

Love the pillow and blanket stitch!

Diann said...

Oh Babs, this turned out wonderful and what a great tute! Love it! I am going to feature this post on this weeks TTF. I hope you will join the party again and grab the "I was featured" button for your blog!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

This turned out great! I love the blanket stitching. That takes a lot of patience but I think it looks great! I really like the graphics on this bag.