UFO Time

I’ve been trying to have a bit of a sort out at home, including my sewing room. Whilst mooching through boxes I found an embroidery I did years ago, 1988 to be precise, I know that because luckily I embroidered my name and the year at the bottom. So it’s been sitting in my sewing box for thirty years waiting to be made into something!

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I seem to remember this was a Dimensions kit, one of those with a picture printed onto fabric which you then embellished with embroidery. My mum did exactly the same one, her version was put in a fire screen which now lives with us!

The embroidery isn’t perfect but I’ve got to the point with various unused items like this that I either make something or it goes! I decided to make a cushion.

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The embroidery is oblong so my original plan was to add a side border to square it up and make a 16″ cushion. The design already had a printed side border so adding another one would fit in. I even sent my OH out to a fabric shop to buy a pad! I found a fat quarter from my stash that matched pretty well both in terms of colour and style. However I discovered that to square it up the borders would actually be pretty narrow, I looked at making it oblong the other way, but I then felt I lost some of the design in the curve of the cushion.

I found another co-ordinating fabric! I stitched the first pair of borders on either side. I then added a 2″ border on all four sides in the darker green. It framed it nicely. There was also enough of the dark green to back the cushion. By this time it was a lot bigger than 16″, it was more like a slightly oblong 20″! As it happens I had just, the day before, put an unused IKEA 20″ cushion pad in a box for charity, on the grounds that I never make cushions that big!! I retrieved it from said box!

I’ve made the back with a pillowcase opening, it seems to happily stay closed without any buttons etc. I popped the cushion pad in, it will need replacing when I next go to Skipton as it’s a pretty thin pad, but it will suffice for now.

It looks great on the sofa in the conservatory, not too big either!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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17 Responses to UFO Time

  1. claire93 says:

    well done for getting this pretty piece finished after 31 years lol.
    I have some past xstitch projects in my drawer awaiting a finish, but nothing this old!

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  2. The coordinating fabric goes amazing well and congratulations on the finish. I definitely have a few of these types of projects… I think my grandma’s record on a sweater was 40 years to finish!

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  3. nanacathy2 says:

    This is perfect in a conservatory, I love the matching borders. Congratulations on finishing this.

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  4. tialys says:

    This has a lovely vintage feel to it which, after 30 odd years, I suppose it is 😉

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  5. LaNelle says:

    Turned out beautifully…what a great save and now a gorgeous treasure!

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    The border fabrics you found work splendidly with this; congrats on getting a lost UFO out for display!

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  7. Trisha says:

    Well done on finishing your 30 year old UFO, It makes a lovely cushion.

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  8. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I hate to admit it but I have a crewel embroidery kit that is all birds and is as old as yours or older. ha… I need to get that out and see what is salvageable since yours turned out so good.

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  9. anne54 says:

    Great idea for such a pretty work, and the side panels enhance it. I love how you just seem to whip these things up (although it did take all those years!).

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  10. katechiconi says:

    Fun to be able to finally complete something you’ve held onto for such a long time. It’s very pretty, and your solution to the size problem really works.

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  11. I get such wonderful ideas from you. It looks great!

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  12. Amazing pillow and the stitching is amazing!

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  13. I love your solution, the extra border really suits the pretty embroidery and the final finish is beautiful! What a wonderful way to make a UFO useful 😊

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  14. rosejasm says:

    It was just meant to be!

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  15. Nancy Sickler says:

    Your fabric border looks like it was meant for that piece. I so enjoy reading your blog. Thank you for doing it.

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