Welcome to the Blessed Hearth today..
This is just a little post to show you the felted bed runner that I finally finished..
I was wondering if I would have started this if I had known how much work it would take..
I think so.. smile..
I saw this idea on the UK Country Living site..
Their directions are much better then mine..
I found this red wool coat at the thrift store.. I sort of felt bad about cutting it up as it was a London Fog.. smile..
Oh well.. it was the color I wanted so I cut it up into as big of pieces as I could..
Then I found this old wool blanket out at the farm and cut it into four pieces..
Put them into boiling water in my canner on the stove..
I boiled them for about 15 minutes, I think..
Then put them into the washer with hot water and let it do the cycle with cold water rinse and spin..
After that I put them on my wood drying rack for several days to dry...
I used this old picture frame as a template..
You could use cardboard or such but this was the perfect size..
I used a marker to draw them out and made sure it was on the wrong side when I sewed them up..
You are supposed to use a tailor's chalk but I didn't have any..
For the red ones I measured them half the size of the cream ones..
Then I sewed them together which sounds much easier then it actually was..
Felt is not exactly the same as working with cotton for example..
I found it had a mind of it's own and had to be measured exactly..
But I finally managed to sew them all together and pressed them with a damp cloth..
They pressed out rather lovely and I was pleased with it thus far..
I actually made two runners out of the felt and sewed them together.
Both sides are felt rather then lining it with a different fabric..
I had an old vintage doilie which I teadyed and cut into strips..
These went along each edge to cover the stitching..
I made a heart in the centre piece with a piece of the doilie..
With some old jewellery I made an arrow (kind of ) smile..
And added a couple of buttons..
And here it is..
Remember this is a water bed with a duvet on top so it is a bit fluffy shall we say.
The pics were all kind of dark so these are the best ones..
You get the gist of it all, though, eh?
Just in time for Valentine's Day..
Then after all that it was lunch time and we had veggie pita pizza..
Such a simple but delicious lunch..
Do you make these?
I thought you might get a smile out of the snow at our front door..
Terry was digging us out after the last storm..
So far this week we haven't had any, thank the Lord..
Well, dear hearts thanks for your visit and for all your sweet comments on my last post..
So happy you enjoyed it..
Are you making any Winter projects?
Take care and have a great week..