Friday, December 06, 2013

Day Six...

~ Greetings Dear Friends ~
and a warm welcome to:
Day Six
of the
25 Days of Christmas with The Twisted Stitcher
 
Today I have to share with you a tutorial! And its easy peasy and cute, when all finished!
 
And away we go!
 
This season BURLAP is hot, hot, hot! so I created this tutorial so that we all could be on the "cutting edge" of home decorating :) Whoo Hoo!

BURLAP POINSETTIA PILLOWS
 
Step 1:
Cut out whatever size pillow you want out of burlap.
I have cut out a 12 inch square, 8 inch square and 5 inch square.
(in the making of this tutorial, I ruined the 5 inch one...see it happens to everyone!)
So in reality, when you see the small square just ignore it, you will not see a finished project for it, as I ran out of time to make another.
 
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Step 2:
Sew the square, making sure to back stitch the corners really well to reinforce, as this is burlap and has a very loose weave. Please remember to  leave a space to turn out.
 
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Step 3:
Turn out and poke out the corners gently.
 
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Step 4:
STUFF!
 
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Step 5:
Sew it closed!
 
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Step 6:
I like my pillows non-lumpy and here is a great tip!
TIP: IRON them using STEAM! (I do this on all my cross stitched pillows, pillow ornaments, etc)
This makes the fiberfill smooth and the corners and side seams perfect. Get rough, push hard and iron them with steam!
 
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See...perfectly smooth!
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Step 7:
Draw some leaves. You will need three sizes Large, medium and small.
 
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Step 8:
Cut them out. Do they fit nicely on the pillow? If not back to the drawing board.
 
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Step 9:
We are making a poinsettia (if you haven't guessed by now) so choose your felt.
 
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Step10:
Cut your shapes.
We will need:
3 large green
5 large red (or white)
5 medium red (or white)
5 small red (or white)
 
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I stack them so I can cut them all at once!
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here's all we will need for one pillow!
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Step 11:
Using upholstery thread (its strong) and a chenille needle thread it up!
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Step 12:
Get a random square of red (or white) felt.
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Step 13:
Pinch the end, and sew it tight, running through one way and then back the other
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sew the leaf on the square:
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Keep on working it going in a circle...
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building it...
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and building it (this is the first layer..)
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building...round and round...
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Until...BAM!...complete!
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Step 14:
Add a bell for the center and three leaves randomly spaced around the flower...
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and BAM! Poinsettia!
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Step 15:
Tack it onto the pillow, trim any leaves that look weird.
 
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and there you have it:
POINSETTIA BURLAP PILLOWS!
 
 
Poinsettia Pillows
 
Today's tradition...
is giving. I love to give to other people. It makes me happy to serve others. God made me that way and I'm a servant at heart. I love to see others happy, it literally brings me more joy than receiving something myself. So, if you will leave a comment on this post saying that you'd like to own this pair of pillows (shown in the picture above), please leave a comment on this post only.  On Sunday, December 8, 2013, I will pull a name from those peeps saying they'd like a chance to own these pillows and the lucky person will have them delivered to their home address. My only request is this: please do not advertise this giveaway. I only wish to gift those people who actually follow me and my blog and read it regularly. YOU bring me so much joy each and every time I post, by leaving a comment for me, that I want to give something to you in return. So leave a comment and Sunday we will see who will be calling these their own :)
 
Merry Christmas!
 
And that folks....
is day 6!
 
Until tomorrow...
Vonna xxxx

104 comments:

  1. I would love one of your pillows. I love reading your blog and looking at your beautiful creations. Denise

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  2. I would love to have something that was made by 'The Twisted Stitcher'! You are such an inspiration. Thank you for the chance.

    Paula

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  3. I wake up in the morning and can't wait to turn on the computer to see if you have posted the next day. I love these pillows they are darling. I love to stitch.. but a sewing machine....well... we have never gotten along too well since I learned in high school so I have never kept a machine as a friend. My needle and floss get along very well......Merry Christmas to you, Keith and your beautiful children. I'll bet Christmas morning is a lot of fun at your house.........

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  4. I enjoy reading your blog! those pillows are adorable! Merry Christmas!

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  5. What a super idea and a great tutorial as always. Love that tip about steam ironing the finished product. My stuffed things are always lumpy!

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  6. Great idea--and these pillows would like great in my home!

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  7. Estupendo tutorial,gracias por compartir.Bss apretaos!!!

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  8. I love reading your blog and use your baking and basting fabric tutorial all the time. Please enter me! These pillow are wonderful!

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  9. Vonna what a super idea. You rock! I would love to display these in my home. Thanks. Stay tuned for more fun with vonna.

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  10. More fun from Vonna. What a super idea and they would look great in my house. Stay tuned as I know you have more in store.

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  11. I would love one of those pillows. Thanks for being so inspiring and gently prodding us to try new and charming projects.
    Wilma

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  12. I have learned so much from you and would be honored to own your pillows! Thank you!

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  13. Vonna, you have a special gift of creativity and are so generous. Another wonderful post. Merry day 6 of Christmas !!

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  14. What a wonderful tutorial!!!! Thank you so very much for sharing. I would love to own one of your beautiful pillows. Thank you and Merry Christmas!
    Pam

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  15. Fantastic tutorial! The pillows are beautiful! You're so sweet to give them away too!

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  16. Love love these pillows. I would enjoy having them at my house...The tutorial is great...if I do not win these, at least I can try to make them as lovely as you did.

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  17. Sweet Vonna, you inspire my stitching, my family life and my faith! I would love to own your pillows and be even more inspired, Merry Christmas!

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  18. Wow! They are so pretty and look fairly easy to make. I would love the chance to win one of yours though please!

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  19. Good Morning Vonna,
    The pillows are delightful…your tutorial is beautifully presented, as always. I would love to win a pillow made by you…and Sunday is my birthday…it would be perfect!!!!
    Busy Hands…Happy Heart
    Patricia

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  20. What beautiful pillows. I would love to be a receiver of these pillows, but even if I do not win I have been given the tutorial, what a great thing to make as gifts!
    Thank you Vonna :D
    Natasha

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  21. Love your pillows, please include me in the giveaway! Thank you so much for all the inspiration you give, one knows your giving heart by reading your blog, your awesome;-)! Jennifer

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  22. What a fantastic tutorial Vonna but yours are always great and easy to follow, I know because I have used them. I would love the chance to win your gorgeous pillows. T

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  23. Thanks for sharing this great tutorial! I especially like the tip to iron the pillows and I'm going to start doing that too. I am going to see if I have some burlap to make some pillows, but if I win yours, I won't have to worry about finding time to make some. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

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  24. Hi Vonna! Once again, you have shared your amazing creativity with us - these pillows are wonderful! Thank you so much for your creative and generous spirit - you inspire us all!

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  25. I would love to own anything that you've created, but these pillows are just the cutest!!! Your tutorials are amazing.

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  26. One more great tutorial! Neat! I didn't know you have a kitty. ♥

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    1. I have two Vickie, the one shown is "Red" and we have a dark gray who is like my personal puppy dog, and his name is "Chatty" (short for "Chatterbox") :)
      We love them!

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  27. Thank you Vonna for always sharing with us all of your creativity. I have my Great-Grandmother's rocker and those pillows would look so lovely on it. I also love where you have your stuffing stored! Have a wonderful Christmas and from my family to yours, Merry Christmas!

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  28. I love your tutorials. I have gone back and referred to them before. The pillows are really cute. I guess I didn't know burlap was in until you said it... LOL. I would love to be in your drawing. My daughters friend made stockings out of burlap, and she is bringing them to me for help in personalization..... wish me luck :)

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  29. i AM NOT RETIRED SO I DONT HAVE THE LUXURY OF RUNNING OFF TO CLASES AND RETREATS SO I DO LOVE YOUR TUTORIALS THANKS SO MUCH i DO ENJOY YOUR BLOG AS WELL AS YOUR CREATVITY THANKS FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN THE PILLOWS MUMS THE WORD

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  30. Thanks for another great tutorial, Vonna.
    The pillows are darling. Yes, please I would love a chance to win and honored to have a treasure made by you :)

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  31. Idea - do a smaller version and you have a wonderful holiday pin only back it with felt as well not the burlap. Stylish and easy.
    LIke the pillows, they add a homey touch to anywhere.

    JHM

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  32. I would love to have your pillows. Your tutorials are great. Finishing is my weakness but your ideas are inspiring me to try new things.
    Mary

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  33. I would LOVE to be entered to win a prize from you! I look to your tutorials when I am needing assistance in some of my finishing as well. You are very inspiring for finishing and I LOVE the individual pictures you share step by step. I am a very visual person! This would make a great gift for me to give someone next year.....especially as Advent presents!!!

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  34. Wow, Vonna! This is so generous of you!! I was looking at this tutorial and thinking it was way over this non-finisher's head but to have a chance to win them is wonderful. Throw my name in the hat please!! Laura

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  35. I have checked you site periodically--not regularly but happened by today. Love the finishing you are showing and would love to win these pillows. But if not that lucky will have to try my hand at it. They look easy peasy!

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  36. I love these beautiful pillows and I would love a chance to win them! (I also love the tutorial so I can try to make some if I don't win yours!! LOL!!) I always enjoy seeing your finishing--it's so inspiring and helpful! I'm also going to start ironing my finishes!!
    Have a Blessed Advent and Merry Christmas!
    Frances

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  37. Merry Christmas Vonna! You are truly one of the most giving people I know! I'm so glad I get to call you my friend!
    Hugs,
    Yvonne

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  38. Oh my gosh, Vonna - those are so cute! Thanks for the step by step instructions. I may attempt to do this project myself!

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  39. Vonna, Thank you for the tutorials, they are so easy to follow. Like you I enjoy the giving more than the receiving, so if my name is chosen just send one of those gorgeous pillows and surprise someone else with a gift from me with the 2nd one. Merry Christmas!

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  40. This tutorial is great, just as great as the others that can be found on your blog. If I have time I'll try these little pillows. If not it will be for next year. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  41. Hi Vonna...I started another comment and it went "poof", so hope this isn't a repeat.
    Thanks for the cute tutorial. I enjoy all the tutorials on your blog and it's been fun reading about and looking at your ornaments each day. Hope you have a blessed Christmas!

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  42. Wow, what a great idea. You are so talented and come up with so many great finishes to set the stitching off.
    I would love to win your pillows...would certainly make Christmas Merry & Bright. Thank you for sharing all your ideas and the how to do's. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Take care, Lorie

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  43. Ooooooo.....I really like these! I'm actually going to start some for NEXT year!! Easy to do along in the evenings! Also....can I have the kitty too? LOL....just kidding...he looks pretty cozy right where he is!

    Thanks for the give-a-way & your generosity. I too am a servant! Merry Christmas! Kathy

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  44. I would love to have your pillows Vonna! You truly have a generous and loving spirit. Thank you for another tutorial, tip, and finish.

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  45. Vonna - I have followed you for a while - you've even helped me with a question or two! Your work is all so beautiful - would love to display one of your pillows in my home! Thank you for everything! Dee

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  46. Such a cute idea! The pillows are adorable. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

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  47. Oh, my--I would love the pillows! And thank you for the tutorial, I will try making a few of them soon!

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  48. Would love one of your pillows, they would look so good on my sofa. Thanks for being generous.

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  49. A great teaching tutorial, as usual. Thanks for sharing your talents. Have a great weekend!

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  50. Vonna you are so talented and giving, I just love reading your blog and viewing your tutorials. Loved the post about your twin sons. I just might have to try making also. Please enter me in your giveaway. Merry Christmas to you and your family. God Bless.

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  51. Vonna, Great tutorial! Your pillows look terrific!
    Merry Christmas!

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  52. thank you for this lovely pillows and the great tutorial
    merry christmas from France

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  53. You are such an inspiration I love seeing your new creations and am very grateful to you for sharing your wonderful tutorials. I'd love to be in with a chance to win. Merry Christmas to you and your family from New Zealand.

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  54. I've been enjoying your blog very much, especially right now when you're blogging daily. I've checked out your tutorials and will be using them when I'm ready to complete some LHN ornaments I've been working on. I'd love a chance to win the lovely pillows but think I'll be making some of my own if I don't. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself and your family with us all.

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  55. Those pillows are beautiful. I did not get the decorating gene, I wish I had. Thank you for the tutorial.

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  56. Oh they are beautiful, please include me in your giveaway Vonna. Thank you.

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  57. What a cool idea! Love the way they look - they would fit right in with my more primitive decor! Please consider me for a chance! Love reading your 'days of Christmas' blogs!

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  58. Vonna,
    Those pillows are gorgeous, thank you so much for tip on steam ironing the pillow, I will be trying that. Thank you for the tutorial.
    Sue in MD

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  59. Love the pillows! Great tip about ironing with steam.

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  60. Your projects are always so beautiful!

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  61. Oh Vonna. Your finishing and stitching is amazing. I would love a chance to win the pillows.

    Thanks,
    Linda

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  62. You make it look so easy....sigh. Please enter me in your draw!

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  63. Vonna - I agree, you make it look so easy. I don't sew at all so I would love to win your pillows! Love your blog, love your projects and always look forward to reading what you're up to : )

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  64. Very nice tutorial for the pillow. Looks like a fun project. Enjoying your daily posts and all the info. Thank you for sharing.

    Judy Heartland stitcher

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  65. What pretty pillows! Thank you for the ironing tip! I learned something new today!

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  66. Wow Vonna, you are so busy with your family, work, model stitching, etc., and you still make time to share your projects with us and do tutorials. And now, you are generously offering your pillows to us. Please include me in your drawing, I would be honored to have them in my home. Best wishes to you and your family

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  67. precious pillows Vonna and I loved Day 5 - I too have Peppermint twist but I am hanging in there hoping to maybe finish one day but I am already thinking - hummm maybe if I bail - it would be make into a great little pillow by framing the stitching with some beautiful fabric. You are a jewel for sharing so many great ideas. I am going to use your pin cushion finishing tips this weekend - wish me luck ! enjoy your holiday time - Mel

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  68. Nice, easy to follow tutorial, and one I will put away so I can try it for next year. I would love the opportunity to win your giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  69. I always appreciate your detailed tutorials and this one is for such cute pillows--quick, easy, and inexpensive...my kind of crafting and decorating :) I would love to throw my name in the hat to win the pair--thanks so much!!

    Amazing how you are keeping up with your daily posting--I still haven't done a single post this month :(

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  70. Oh! Vonna! This giveaway can be for who live far away? I'd like to own this pair of wonderful pillows but I live in Brazil!

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  71. Great! Thank you for the tips-very useful!

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  72. They are adorable! Thank you Vonna for this great tutorial. Love the ironing tip!

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  73. what a wonderful and generous gift! Thank you for the chance to enter and for the great tutorial!

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  74. You make it look so easy! Lovely finish! Do good to see Red. Hope to see more of both cats. Love you Vonna and your kind, loving, considerate acts to others. Merry Christmas!

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  75. Thank you for your wonderful tutorial! I love the clear directions you have on the tutorials!

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  76. Vonna - thank you for the tutorial - I have seen pillows like these and wondered how to make them! What a gift you have. You have just given me a wonderful idea for a "Secret Santa" gift from the heart.

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  77. These are fabulous! I enjoyed seeing how you made the flower ~ your tutorial is very easy to follow. I'd love to be included for a chance to have this set ~ thanks!

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  78. I am lost in a sea of stitchers! But those pillows are worth a chance, so please include me :)

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  79. What a great idea.... I have pillows I had planned to wrap with burlap and stencil a Christmas message but I love these poinsettia pillows. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  80. Wan't sure where you were going with this tutorial, but love the outcome. Great pillows !

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  81. Vonna: These pillows are just gorgeous! They look like something out of an expensive boutique! Just amazing! Thank you for sharing the tip about the stuffing...I get lumpy stuffing and had no idea I could remedy this! Thank you! It makes them look so finished to not be lumpy. I'll be honest - I hope I'm a winner! :)

    God bless you - Julie

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  82. Your pillows are awesome. Burlap is so fun!

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  83. Hi Vonna. I thought I'd posted but don't see it so if it doubles up then feel free to delete. I love your pillows and even just one of them would be fantastic! Thanks so much for the great tutorial. You're a star! Xx

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  84. Vonna, your work is incredible and I love your finishing....you are VERY clever! I, too, would love to be included in the drawing for the poinsettia pillows!

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  85. Vonna, they are beautiful, and BAM!!! you make them look so simple to make!!! lol!!!
    Another great tutorial, love that you take the time to take very simple step by step pictures, very helpful!!
    Such a generous giveaway too. So kind and giving.
    Love to all LInda O xxx

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  86. Vonna your pillows are beautiful and I would love a chance to win them!! Our priest showed a picture of his sad tree on facebook and asked for ornaments! So I made him an ornament that said believe on it. I gave it to him last week at mass and he loved it! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. I love reading your blog and seeing what you are up to...

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  87. Enjoy your blog - would love to add these to my collection

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  88. thanks for the chance to win those beautiful pillows and thanks for the tutorial! I love following your blog and it is so much fun to see your work. You inspire me! THX

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  89. Vonna, you have such a kind heart. I need to take lessons from you...
    ~Laura

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  90. No matter what you seem to do it is always so lovely!!! You are way beyond talented and bring such joy to all those around you. Blessings

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  91. What beautiful pillows. I would love to be the winner!

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  92. I can't always comment but had to this time. Wow! This is so so so cute! Thank you!

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  93. I love seeing everything you create! Lots of inspiration! Thanks for letting me enter.

    Tanya

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  94. Ingenious ... again. I would never of thought to iron the pillow with steam. Brilliant. I'm going to try. :)

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  95. Love the pillows Vonna. I sure can stitch- but I'm not so good with the crafty/finishing part. I love to see all your beautiful creative finishing. Happy Holidays.

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  96. Such a creative and simple project. They turned out great Vonna. Thank you for a fabulous tutorial.

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  97. Dear Vonna...I just love the pillows and am so enjoying your 25 days of Christmas!! I must tell you that you have inspired my husband....yes, my husband ....to do a crafty project. I told him the story about the clothespin ornaments...he loved the idea of the Scout one. I showed him your photo and proceeded to the internet and found some step by step directions for scout clothespin ornaments and will be doing this craft on Monday with his troop of Webolos! He is here at the kitchen table with the navy blue acrylic paint to start the project for them! Thanks Vonna (and your husband for saving it all those years!)
    PS...I'd love to win the pillows! Sincerely, Lisa Keicher

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  98. I follow your blog consistently but, admit, I don't post much. Your blog is one of my favorites and I love the fact that you're doing
    the 25 days of Christmas! The ornaments are beautiful and meaningful. Thank you for providing my daily dose of joy this Christmas season.

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  99. Love your blog. Love these pillows. And would love a chance to win. Thanks so much for sharing daily during this busy time of year... I look forward to your post each day. Have a blessed Christmas!
    Christine
    Jc-zimmerman@comcast.net

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  100. Well, aren't those cute! I COULD make those... but I probably won't have time before Christmas this year. So please enter me in the drawing. And of course, if I don't win (that's a LOT of comments ahead of me today!), your tutorial is always here, with the others that I refer to again and again! Hugs!

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  101. The pillows are adorable ! I would love a chance to win them :)

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  102. Great idea and excellent directions....I think even I could do it!

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