My neighbor’s daughter is St. Patty’s Day baby. This year they’re having a big party and going with a ‘shamrock’ theme. I mulled over the list of possible presents, but what do you give a girl who has just about everything? Something handmade. I stumbled across some adorable sparkly, rainbow, shamrock fabric (and a sparkly, white background material) and knew that it had to be a Personalized Name Pillow. This was my first appliqued project with my new machine and was blown away at how open the toe of the applique foot is (you can see it in action on the right)! I was surprised at how just a little bit larger opening really allows you to applique more accurately. Consequently, this pillow went together without a hitch (and relatively fast too).
Just a few changes I made to this design: First off, I used the same fabric throughout the pillow. I originally cut a variety of rainbow material to use with this to make it “patchy”, but it really took away from the shamrock feel of this pillow. I also increased the border size. After making this pattern several times, I think adding a 1/2″ really makes the pillow feel more substantial.
Believe it or now, I still have 1/2 yard of this fabric left so I’m going to try to squeeze out one more project before the party this weekend. Easton seems to think she needs an apron (he’s like his mom, he likes aprons) so I might be on the hunt for a really cute half apron that can be quickly sewn!