Dec 28, 2011

The envelope please.....

Hello everyone!  Hope your Christmas was wonderful.   I wanted to show a quick post about a quick finishing job I did the other day.  I found another PS Santa on Aida that may have been from my SIL and needed to complete the ornament for an unplanned gift.  I tried the envelope method and loved the ease.   The next one won't be as hurried and will have little buttons sewn down the flap or X's stitched along the fold.  I've seen a few finishes that were interesting on the back and never bother to do that myself, but that will change with this method.  The chenille or rick rack trims, lace, or a multitude of items can be used to dress up (or hide) the center opening and create a great look.  That didn't happen here!  It was a real rush job.  So here's the simple and easy procedure...

 The backing was cut twice the width of the project and then ripped down the center for two pieces.  Fold and press the edges in about an inch and then overlap and pin shut.  From then on, follow the usual right sides together but sew on all FOUR sides.  Press the seams, clip the corners.

Turn right side out, open the flap and fill.  Pull the two edges to overlap evenly and either glue or hand stitch closed.  Then have your fun with buttons or trim.  To make it even easier, you can sew on the rick rack or lace to the folded edge before stitching the back to the front.  Mine is bare which is OK too.  You can get all the edges and corners nice and plump without having to hand stitch any of the linen or other background fabric.   I used fabric glue to close the flap and would have liked to have sewn on those little buttons but had no time.  If you use the glue, it may be hard to get the needle through it if you want to stitch X's over the opening or buttons on, so test your glue on a scrap, or sew the buttons on before gluing closed.
 So here's the pillow from the front.  But take a look at how much nicer the bottom edge is without my usual pucker.

  So many ideas about how to dress up the back - even a loop with a large fancy button.  I am planning on this method from now on!  Which you probably already know about and use but I'm yapping about it anyway cause I'm excited.  
A few more things.  Food. 

This red grape salad was out of this world.  Haven't had it for a number of years and when a friend brought it to dinner, oh my, were we glad!  It's cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, tossed with red seedless grapes and topped with a brown sugar pecan topping.  Heaven. 


And can you believe this?  I found the 4' tree that I wanted to buy.  They moved it into the foyer and draped red tulle and cotton balls over it which is why I couldn't find it last week.  75% off!  My husband saw me carrying the 4' bag and rolled his eyes.  I told him I may sell the 3'.  I need an intervention.  But I also came up with an idea for lights.  Since these small primitive trees are very hard to string with lights, how about using honeysuckle, raffia, or thin grapevines intertwined with the teeny light strings and draping it like garland over the branches?  Huh?  Good idea?  I think so.  Lights, primitive, no wires showing, happy dance.   Except for that white crap you can see out the window.

Next time, the new sampler project.
I'll leave you with two more darling freebies I recently found.
Gettysburg Homestead has a sweet little peacock bag found HERE and The Sampler Girl has a kitty found HERE.
Have a wonderful week - thank you for visiting, I really appreciate your support - stay safe!

24 comments:

Joy said...

Marly, your finishing is perfect! I often do this method on customer's larger pieces too and no one has been unhappy.

I am so envious of that tree and at 75%...you lucked out.

Happy New Year!

Carol said...

I've never tried this method, Marly, but plan on giving it a try in 2012--your finish looks great!

Wonderful looking salad and I'm so glad you found your 4 ft. tree--lucky girl :)

The snow missed us--you're just a bit too far north!

Varla Lee said...

Yes, it is true! It´s nicer than the comun way to sew and finish the back! I´m really happy for this tutorial. Thank you very much! And the "Santa" is very beautiful! See you on the next post. Hugs.

Siobhan said...

Thanks for the new finishing technique! I'm going to have to try it.

The tree at 75% off--you go girl!

Peggy Lee said...

I need to try this.
I am new to your blog and so far your posts are very entertaining and informative (sorry about the woodpecker though).

Oh.....it was Carmen from Cardan Antiques and Needlework that led me to your blog.

Deb said...

I love your finishing Marly and am going to have to bookmark this. I'm bound and determined to do some small things this year!

The grape salad sounds interesting. I've never had it, but I think that I'm going to try it.

Happy New Year!

Mouse said...

do you know .. it has never dawned on me to do it that way on smalls mmmmmm thanks for that .. given me food for thought :) love mouse xxxx

Bertie said...

Instant success Marly, looks wonderful. I do love your tree stories!!
Happy New Year!

cucki said...

hello dear, thank you for sharing it..it is so easy and i will try it now..
yummy looking salad..
wow such beautiful tree.
hugs for you cucki xx

Jessica @Blessings in the Country said...

Great way to do finishing! I am going to use this idea, thank you for the tutorial.

Love your prim tree find!

Shirlee said...

I will definitely try this! Mine will look like crap but I'll try it anyway : ) Blessings, Shirlee

Margaret said...

This is a good post for me -- I need all the help I can get with finishing! And yay about the tree! 75% off too! Great stuff! Happy New Year!

Chris said...

Wonderful finish Marly!
I am glad that you found the 4' tree :)

Orlythe said...

Where do you FIND these wonderful trees? I've combed the city looking for one throughout December to no avail.

They'll look fabulous when hung with your beautiful stitched ornaments!

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Thanks for the great finishing tech-
nique, Marly.

Carla said...

I'm going to try this on my next finish! Great idea! Love that Santa. Do you know where the pattern came from? I love the new tree! A girl just can't have too many. Please keep the white stuff. :-)

Raspberry Lane Primitives said...

Wow, I totally forgot about the overlapping method. Thanks for the reminder and tutorial! Love the freebies too.
Happy New Year!
patti

Gabi said...

Lovely tutorial. Your finishing looks great. I'll surely give it a try.

Wishing you a fantastic New Year

Penny said...

Your tutorial seems very easy to follow and the results look great!
The salad sounds delicious - I love grapes. I love your tree and 75% off - you can't complain about that. :) I'm not a very good bargain hunter.
Looking forward to seeing your new sampler project. :)

flutterbygone's said...

The tutorial is a welcomed thing!!! Thank you and I am now a new follower!

Gettysburg Homestead said...

Thank you very much for mentioning my blog :)

I too need an intervention on Christmas trees. I bought a German twig tree this year and still have 3 or 4 other large ones in my basement I should get rid of.

Mary

Suzanne said...

This is a great finishing technique, thanks for sharing it. Great job on getting the tree!

I forgot to mention, I love your header photo, the pillows are so pretty.

Cathy said...

I have never seen this technique for finishing a pillow. Excellent tutorial; I just pinned it.

Allison said...

I love how you finished your pillow/ornie. Thanks for sharing!!

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