Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Vintage Embroidery Cushions

Carrying on my mission to repurpose vintage embroideries and table linens (CD holder here and mini wall hanging here), I've finished a couple of cushions for Venetia.

The fabrics for the letters are mostly scraps of fabric that I used in her quilt, so hopefully the cushions will work well in her room.
These were very straightforward, just a matter of choosing some appropriate embroideries with space for words to be added, and then applique on your letters.

I added a layer of batting (old wool blanket!) behind, and quilted some hearts on them too.

I left the 'Love' one just with the word alone, but for the 'Venetia' one I added a long line of wiggly, multi-coloured buttons down each of the side panels.

I'm starting to look at vintage embroideries more just as beautiful pieces of fabric now, and that makes it easier to slice into them and create something new with them. Especially perfect for those linens that are stained or damaged in places maybe.

Whilst at the button sewing stage of these, I saw some lovely cushions made by Marna Lunt, which were a similar kind of thing, but more elegantly executed - she used Liberty fabric scraps for starters! They popped up on Facebook, but I can't for the life of me find them again now, however lots of Marna Lunt's amazingly gorgeous work uses vintage linens as a base so if you're interested in ways to use yours then she's a great place to visit.

Although these aren't Christmas themed, I'm linking up with 'Ho, Ho, Ho' again because these are going to be tucked away to be a present for Venetia. This month 'Ho, Ho, Ho' is over at Slikstitches, and Benta over there has made a great, calorie free Advent Calendar. There's also a prize to be won again of course - this month a lovely cushion pattern. So get yourself organised early for Christmas and head over to link up. Last month I made a present for Maria (Clara Doll with Nutcracker), this month obviously I've got something for Venetia so I'm thinking maybe for next month's 'Ho, Ho, Ho' I ought to try and make a present for one of the boys - the girls are much easier to make for, so that will be more of a challenge!

I'm also going to link up today over at Super Mom No Cape, where Sue has recently started a lovely Vintage Embroidery and Stitchery Link Up on Mondays. There were lots of gorgeous embroidery projects linked up last week, so I'm sure it will be worth a visit this week too.



  1. These are beautiful. Christmas gifts being tucked away already...whooohoooo, nice work my friend :)

  2. Your pillows turned out beautiful. I'm sure she's going to love them! And how great that you've already got one Christmas gift tucked away.

    And thanks so much for linking up with my new weekly Stitchery Link Party and for helping to get the word out. I am so enjoying seeing the projects that are being linked up and finding inspiration for new things to try.

  3. Oh those are lovely! I need to make some cushions for madams room i think - you've inspired me agin!!

  4. Oh aren't these gorgeous! The problem I'd have would be keeping them tucked away for Christmas - and remembering where they were when the time came!!

  5. The appliquéd letters look so good with the embroidery, Sally. Fabulous idea!!!

  6. They are gorgeous Sally, great job!

  7. Hi, i have popped over via Super Mom's linky.
    The cushions are lovely!
    really cute button detail and i love that you have re purposed the fabrics.

  8. Your pillows are absolutely lovely - such beautiful expressions of creativity and love!

  9. A great way to re-use pre loved fabric! Thanks for linking up!

  10. I just got
    My hands on Rebecca Ringquest's new embroidery book! Amazing art of old embroidery!

  11. Oh bow very beautiful Sally! These are just gorgeous! X

  12. Beautiful pillows. I've got lots of inherited old linens safely tucked away and I'm hoping to incorporate them into a quilt some day. It's not ap roject I want to rush into though as the linens are family heirlooms so I want to make sure I repurpose them in a fitting manner that will see them much loved, used and cherished for years to come.


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