I have a fun wool bowl filler to share with you today! Each month my friends at Just Another Button Company feature one of the patterns from The Splendid Sampler (book 1) as one of their monthly Button Lover’s Club: Words with Buttons projects. Because I visit the JABC office often I get to see their projects in advance. This month I fell in love with the Splendid Sampler project and decided that I “needed” to make a wool version of it along with the free pattern I do each month for the club.
The Vintage Flower Basket pattern is on page 70 of the The Splendid Sampler book and designed by Pam Vieira McGinnis. To make this pillow you will need to purchase the book for the pattern.
I used Week’s Dye Works colors (linked below in the supply list) that I selected to coordinate with the fabrics that JABC used for their projects. The collection, Smitten by Bonnie and Camille has a very vintage feel and a color palette that reminds me of the vintage table cloths I collect. The flower basket pattern is similar reminds me of designs on vintage bread boxes and canisters from the 20s. 30s, and 40s. That was the feel that I wanted to capture with my interpretation of the pattern.
Vintage Flower Basket Bowl Filler Details:
My Vintage Flower Basket is on a 6″ pillow base with a “ravioli” pillow finish on the edges.
I used hand-dyed ric rac from Lady Dot Creates (link in supply list below) to make the basket handle. I love ric rac. It feels so old-fashioned and vintage to me and makes me think of “home”.
I added Therm O Web’s HeatnBond Lite to the back of each of my pieces. It adds structure to pieces that I plan on leaving “loose” (not stitched down around the edges). I like that it adds more structure to those pieces and helps keep the edges that I don’t stitch crisp and clean.
My leaves are attached with a simple back-stitch that runs through the center of each leaf.
I added a cross stitch from that starts on each side of the basket rim and crosses over the top. It is a nice way to add a stitching detail on a thin strip.
The basket is fused with HeatnBond and then finished with a blanket stitch along the edges.
I used the same number of flowers that the pattern featured but placed mine as three layered flowers. I placed a button from the Button Lover’s Club box in the center of each one. Sewing the buttons in place also secured my flower layers.
My favorite element is the blooming heart button that I used to embellish the front of the basket. The button is a new handmade button design from JABC. I love hearts so I can see myself using this button a ton in the future! I absolutely adore it!
You can find JABC’s version of this pattern on their blog today: Button Lover’s Club: “Vintage Flower Basket” Pillow. While you are there, check out the Button Lover’s Club: Words with Buttons Bloom box contents. If you aren’t a club member already, there is still time to join and get this month’s box!
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