I have a fun new fabric line to show off you to you today! It’s called Wonderland and it’s by Josephine Kimberling from Blend Fabrics. It’s all made up of of sweet florals, cards, teacups and of course fun Alice in Wonderland images! There are several bloggers making up projects for a Wonderland Blog Hop and it’s my turn today! This fun Time for Tea Wonderland Fabric Pillow is easy to make up and such a cute way to show off your love for all things Alice – or just your love for tea!
I’ve used the Mad Tea Party fabric as the main fabric on the front, and I had to add in a little embroidery and some fun stacked teacups! The lettering is done with hand embroidery and the teacups are stitched on with a free motion sketchy look. I think they go great with the Mad Tea Party fabric!
I had to add in some pom poms too of course, because most pillows just need them. It’s a truth universally acknowledged. Oops, wrong book.
This would be a great gift for someone who loves tea too! So let’s get started!
Time for Tea – Wonderland Fabric Pillow Tutorial
- Wonderland Fabrics: Mad Tea Party in Green – 16″ x 6″ piece (for right front)
- Garden of Wonder in Blue – two 16″ x 12″ pieces (for back)
- Garden of Wonder in Red – 8″ x 10″ piece for teacups on front
- Linen fabric – 16″ x 11″ piece
- small scraps of Black fabric for tea on cups
- 16″ length of 1″ cotton lace
- embroidery stabilizer or lightweight interfacing
- 2 yards pom pom trim
- lightweight fusible webbing
- 16″ x 16″ pillow form
- DMC pearl cotton floss – size 5 – in black
- marking pen
- Time for Tea embroidery and teacup patterns
Print out all your patterns. Trace the Time for Tea embroidery pattern onto the linen piece. Make sure you leave enough room below it for the teacups to fit.
Embroider the text by outlining each letter with a back stitch. Fill in the open spaces with a sketchy satin stitch- doing your stitching at a diagonal and leaving spaces between some stitches.
Cut out the fabrics for the teacups and tea. Iron fusible webbing to the back side of the fabrics, then cut out the shapes. Cut out the tea shape from the black fabric. Cut out each teacup, then cut an oval at the top slightly smaller than the oval of the tea. Remove the paper backing. Stack the teacups according to the layout on the linen fabric below your embroidery. Make sure you leave room for the steam curls. Iron the cups and tea in place.
Iron the stabilizer to the back of the linen piece. Put your free motion foot on your sewing machine and lower the feed dogs. Stitch around the cups and handles with a sketchy stitching, going over the outlines three times. Don’t worry too much if the lines are exact, it looks great that way!
Draw out the steam curls with a marking pen and “sketch” those in place too with two runs of stitching.
To finish the pillow:
- Sew the linen piece to the Mad Tea Party fabric to create the front of the pillow. Sew the 1″ lace over the seam.
- Sew pom pom trim around the edge of the front panel, with the seam 3/8″ from the edge. The pom poms should point in towards the center of the pillow.
- For the back pieces, hem the top of one of the pieces and the bottom of the other. Overlap the pieces so the fabric with the hem on the bottom is on top of the other, then adjust them to make a 16″ square. Pin or baste the sides.
- Place the front and back of the pillow, right sides together and sew around all four sides. Clip the corners and turn right side out.
- Press and insert the pillow form – and you’re all finished!
Even the back is cute!
Make sure you check out all the other projects in the blog hop – they are all so cute!
- Veronica – SewVery – Chair Pocket Tutorial
- Tina – Emily Ann’s Kloset – Heart Quilt
- Jen – Tie Dye Diva – Heart Pocket Tutorial
- Caroline – Sew Can She – Patchwork Bench Cushion
- Amanda – Jedi Craft Girl – Alice’s Crossroads Quilt
- Bev – Flamingo Toes – Time for Tea Pillow
- Andy – A Bright Corner – October 7
- Charlie – CapturedThreads – October 14
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