Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Bax . . .

If you follow my blog, it won't come as a surprise that I have a thing for pillows. The addition of a themed pillow to a room can change a room from drab to fab, and it's one of the easiest ways to add a punch of holiday magic to any room! Generally my creations start with a doodle. That's how "Baxter the Bat" came to be. You may lovingly refer to him as "The Bax" as I do...
Baxter is a spin-off from my "Give a Hoot" pillow that I made earlier this year.
(More "Give A Hoots" here.)
Once again I started with a professional artist's basic tools: a pencil, paper and a salad bowl...
with a yardstick I drew lines to use as guides...
a little salad bowl magic once again...
a vitamin lid and you've got yourself some bat wings...
Then I added 1/2" to the outside edge of Bax's body and cut out his body and his different features (wings, eyes, fangs, inside of ear). Stitch witchery and an iron were used to adhere the smaller pieces to the body. A quick decorative stitch around the edges permanently attached them to the body of Bax...
The sweet hum-drum of a sewing machine.
A snip. 
A tuck. 
Some botox stuffing. 
And an hour later Baxter is reborn in fabric in the form of a cute Halloween pillow!
I used cotton fabric for the body of Bax, 
some fake leathery fabric for his wings and ears, 
and felt for his eyes and fangs.
Some minky fabric on the back finished him off and made him perfectly soft for little heads.
 
Baxter looks at home in a tree, but he's perfectly comfortable relaxing in a chair in our family room too!
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9 comments:

Nikki@KreativeKnack said...

How cute! I love his cooky eyes! Great Job!

Anne Fannie said...

Suzanne he is adorable! I love all your cute pillows and purses! You are such a talented lady!
Hugs, Ann

Kerry_Kid Giddy said...

TOTALLY ADORABLE!!!! Great spin off of your original - AWESOME - design!

Wendy said...

That is SO cute!

C.R.A.F.T. said...

i LOVE this bat! come on over and link up to MMM :)

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Wow, can't believe that started out with a doodle on paper! Great job!
Best regards,
Gloria

Army Wife Quilter said...

I loved your bat so much I made one. I also used your idea and made a vampire and frankenstein. Thanks for the cute idea. You can see my bat pillow at http://armywifequilter.blogspot.com/2010/09/spooky-pillows.html

Becolorful said...

It's me again. I just commented on your plaques. :) Love your bat pillow and this is a great tutorial but it was that witch shoes pillow that stole my heart.
Signed,
Amazed aka Pam

LambAround said...

He is soo freaking cute, even his batty name! I love this :)

If you get a chance, I'd love for you to link to this on Not "Baaad" Sundays with LambAround!