Monday, March 02, 2015

Finish: Tuck Pillow

I made this little squirrel in a class with the Bent Creek sisters before I left Los Angeles in 2005. Not right before...I have no idea how long before. Oh, yes I do: 3/15/01.

I totally cheated here, and used a premade tuck pillow. (Yes, for the past fourteen years this little squirrel has lived thisclose to a tuck pillow. It could have been inside the tuck pillow and living large in the smalls basket. But no...) (Okay, I don't know when or where I acquired the tuck pillow, but I'm pretty sure it was on sale.)

If you are ambitious (or want to match your stitched piece perfectly by selecting your own fabric) you can make your own tuck pillow:
  • Debra at All About ME offers PDF instructions on making a square, rectangle, and diamond shape tuck pillows. (And, frankly, the squirrel and I would both be happier with a rectangular tuck pillow.)
  • Focus on Finishing has been moribund for a while, but you can still get Anne's instructions on making a tuck pillow.
  • Cyberstitchers can help you here too.
  • And if you want to be inspired, Karen has made 156 of them!

19 comments:

Barbi said...

Two down! :)

Pamela said...

Nice finish and cute little pillow. Thanks for the links.

Kristen said...

That pillow fabric matches perfectly. Love it.

Linda said...

Cute finish Nikki. I'm going to enjoy your finishes this month.

Linda

Brigitte said...

Such a sweet little guy, and one that I have never seen before.

Justine said...

Lovely finish! Nice that the squirrel is promoted at last.

Thoeria said...

Still being dazzled :D See....doesn't take much to dazzle me! Keep the ideas flowing!

Annie said...

Super cute. I've often finished little pillows like that by sewing the fabric around the edges of the x-stitched piece. I've never tried a tuck because I always wondered what keeps the x-stitch fabric stretched and not wrinkly.

Coral said...

I love that little pillow, well done, Nikki!

Margaret said...

Tuck pillows are such a nice cheat. Looks great!

KimM said...

Very well done - and you didn't 'cheat' - you were resourceful ;0)
xxx

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Obviously you have kept up your craft studio organization - to find a specific tuck for that little squirrel. Perfect match!

Pull the other thread said...

A very sweet finish.

Deb said...

Cute finish! No matter how long it took!

Kerri said...

Looks lovely! In my book, - finished is finished no matter how it got there.
Thanks for the great links! I will keep them for when I feel ambitious to make my own

Michele said...

very cute! and thanks for the links :)

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Cute squirrel and the perfect tuck for him too. I wonder if my sewing skills extend to making one of these?

Sheryl S. said...

cute little finish.

Marexstitch said...

Loved your commentary I have many stitched smalls just awaiting their release into the light of day. This was too funny! In fact a few days ago a new little stitched bunny met and pre-made tuck. I do a quick lacing of my stitched piece onto plastic canvas and then insert it into the tuck that way it is more secure.