Sunflower Pillow for Christmas

Sunflower croppedFirst step: I took a photo of one of our sunflowers in the garden this summer.

my sunflower pattern

Second step:  Using Photo shop, I manipulated my photo into first a negative black and white picture and then I uploaded into Spoonflower.com and changed the colours.  I then ordered my pattern to be printed onto Spoonflower’s Linen Cotton Canvas Ultra material in a half-drop repeat pattern.  I ordered a “fat quarter” which is 27″ by 18″.  It was just enough to make one pillow which I sewed and stuffed.  This is the result:

Sunflower cushion

Sunflower Sofa cushion from a photo by Dan McKibbon.

I made two of these pillows in slightly different colours for Christmas gifts for two households.  I plan to make them the matching pillows for gifts in the New Year.

Sewing for Christmas

One of the items on my granddaughters Christmas list was doll clothes for the 18″ doll I gave her two years ago.  Here are the things I made for her doll:

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Cosy polka dot pj’s with slippers.

 

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Brushed denim jacket with red plaid pocket and trim and pants.

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Back of the jacket and  front of reversible cape.

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Inside of reversible cape.

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Cupcake jumpsuit with lace and mouse button trim.

The pattern I used for the doll’s clothes was McCall’s M6526.  It is the first time I’ve ever attempted something so small.  I can see my mistakes but hope the doll will overlook them.  😀