Air Mail Pillow
Yesterday, for some random reason, I remembered when I was a little girl finding letters my mum and dad had sent each other, they were pen pals when he was in the army and stationed abroad. They fell in love before even meeting, ahhhh, I remember reading some and being amazed that my parents could be romantic and emotional, if I read those letters again now, I’d probably cry at the beauty and honesty of them.
Anyhoo, part of what I remembered about them, was the fact that they kept every letter and envelope, and those envelopes told as much of a story as the letters, when they wrote, how often they sent the letters and from where in the world they sent them.
It’s from the envelopes that I got the idea to make this envelope cushion cover.
I started off with this vintage ish looking fabric, no idea what it is, just brought some one day thinking ‘I’ll use it one day’.
My cushion insert is 20” x 20”, so I drew a rectangle, on the fold, 21” x 10.5”.
On the long side of the rectangle I marked the centre point, measured 10.5” above it and from that point used my disappearing pen to mark a line going back to each corner of the rectangle, basically, I drew a triangle!
I did this again on the 2 shorter sides of the rectangle, but these triangles only go to one corner of the rectangle, see photo for a much clearer idea of what I’m trying to say!
Once I had finished drawing the pattern, I pinned the fabric, and cut it out, once cut, and unfolded I had the cover!
Using a fabric pen I wrote a message on what would be the front of the envelope, I used paper underneath the fabric to catch any ink going through.
Once this was set, I made the envelope up, inside out, pinned the edges, and sewed them together, leaving the flap open. I then turned it right side out to add the remaining decoration.
To make the stamp, I used pinking shears to cut a rectangle out of grey felt. Using fabric glue I attached 2 fabric hearts,
I then pinned it in place and using my fabric pen, drew on a post mark, I wrote the date and place where I met Spencer.
I then sewed the stamp in place.
I love the look of old letters sent via air mail, so used some blue and red ric rac to make a border all the way around the envelope, I used fabric glue for these; my sewing skills aren’t up for machine stitching ric rac!
Once the glue was dry, I threaded a needle with some bakers twine, the colours just scream airmail to me, and using a blanket stitch sewed all around the ‘flap’ on the envelope.
To make an air mail sticker I cut a piece of blue felt into a rectangle, using pinking shears to add some decoration. I then used sticky felt letters to add ‘air mail’; this was then pinned and sewn in place. I then used sticky felt letters to spell out Air Mail. I pinned this in place and sewed it on.
I couldn’t decide on what type of fastener to use, so for now I have just inserted the insert and placed the cushion on the glider chair in our bedroom,
What do you think? Perfect for Valentines or an anniversary.
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