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!
Linked to:
SNS @ Funky Junk Interiors
Motivate Me Monday @ Be Colorful
Show & Share Day @ Just a Girl
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous