I am so pleased with how this came out! Here are the details:
- Pattern: JBW Designs Le Chat- French Country cat
- Thread: Gentle Arts Sampler Threads in Blue Jay
- Fabric: navy and cream check
This was a bit of an expirement for me as I had never finished any cross stitch piece before! I found it much easier than I had thought. I measured the finished piece so that it would be centered in the pillow, and then figured out how much fabric I needed on all of the sides based on the size of the pillow form I purchased. The pillow form was 11in. x 11in. I then made a piece in the back so that the form could be slipped into it. I feel that the buttons really make a difference on the finished pillow, and add a nice touch. I couldn't believe how easy it was to make the fabric covered buttons! It was a little bit of trial and error with the amount of fabric that I needed, but once I got the hang of it, they really look nice.
I tend to imagine things in my mind as being very complicated to do when I have not done it before, and then become hesitatnt to even try. I am glad that I persisted with this because it is something that was definitely within my skill level, and a project that I would like to do again. I gave this to a very close family friend who recently lost her kitty, and it was well received.