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Last year, I created some doodles and different characters for holiday related emails. Knowing the boss lady (Teri) had a mild obsession with snowmen, I figured there should be at least one in the mix. This is how Sullivan the Snowman was born.
When the idea of designing patterns for the 12 Weeks of Christmas series was presented to us, I knew right away what I wanted to do. Sullivan was going to be brought back to life and rehashed as a pillow. That part was easy. Now I needed to not only make the pillow, but also write a pattern for it. Needless to say, Sullivan was my very first pattern—side note: I have so much more respect for our wonderful designers here after partaking in this adventure!
I cleaned Sullivan up a bit to make sure he’d be a good template for myself (and hopefully others!) to use. I picked some pretty neutral and basic colors for this project since there was a lot going on with the appliqué already. The fabrics I chose are: Mirage Antique (3856), Mirage Coal (3862), Mirage Green Tea (3890), Mirage Barn Red (3857), and Solid Cream (3919).
I picked up some Wonder Under and a pillow form and was ready to start my first appliqué project. Lo and behold, it wasn’t nearly as daunting of a task as I expected it to be. While I wasn’t quite ready to tackle the zigzag stitch on my sewing machine (the practice ones were pretty hideous!), I think everything else turned out just fine. Another first for this project—I had never done a blanket stitch prior to this either. I find it a bit hard to follow along with hand stitching tutorials, so I set out to find a video. Funny thing is, the one I found that helped me the most was an older Connecting Threads’ tutorial video. It’s nice having coworkers help you from anywhere (even if they don’t realize they are—thanks Judy!).
This holiday season, Sullivan will be gracing us with his presence on our couch amidst the other Christmas pillows and stuffed animals (it’s okay to still have stuffed animals, right?) collecting a fuzzy display of cat fur. I’m sure he’s thrilled.
If you decide to participate in our Christmas fun, we would LOVE to see how your projects turn out. If you’re on Pinterest, upload your picture and tag it with #12WOC. Any images with that tag on them will be seen by our team and re-pinned to our board! Of course, we would also love to see your pictures on our Facebook wall!