Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Today's Guest: Just Another Hang Up

We are so pleased to have Suzanne here from Just Another Hang Up!
Suzanne is just an all around crafty girl, but let's be serious here..... she knows how to rock the sewing machine! I wish she'd make pillows for every room in my house!!
I was so excited to see if she was going to share a fun halloween pillow... and lucky for us she is!!!

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I'm happy to be able to share a Halloween idea with Eighteen25's loyal readers today!
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...


Baxter is a spin-off from my "Give a Hoot" pillow that I made earlier this year. 
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!


Thanks so much for having me today, ladies! 
It's been fun seeing all the Spooktacular creations this month!

36 comments:

  1. I think I might be able to handle this one. I can not draw worth beans so the tricks for using guide lines and circle templates for getting the wings just right will be invaluable.

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  2. Oh my goodness....Baxter is adorable!!!! I love him!! Unfortunately I don't sew. :(

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  3. It would be so cute to put him in our porch chairs on Halloween night! The trick or treaters would love him. The rest of the month he could live inside with us :)

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  4. Sooooo cute! I love his eyes and fangs! Just adorable!

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  5. OMG..that is the cutest thing ever..wish i was a little better at sewing though..:)

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  6. This is so cute... love it! Love the faux leather wings & ears, too.

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  7. Oh....the leather! I LOVE that addition. His little face is so cute. I hadn't really thought to add cute character pillows like this. Great idea. And really easy. I love to see that other people's "tools" are as highly technical as mine. It makes me feel happy! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. As always Suzanne I love your pillows. I think I might actually finally make this one since I don't have any Halloween decorations.

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  9. Can I just say I have been loving every Halloween-themed post on here for the past few weeks. Keep 'em coming! This little guy is so adorable. I just might make one for myself.

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  10. Suzanne, you are absolutely fantastic. And I'm lovin' Baxter. The eyes, the fangs, the wings, the ears . . . all of it is adorable!

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  12. This is so cute! I really love his eyes and little bat wings. Really darling. And I love how you used the same design process as for your famous owl pillows! So fabulous! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  13. ACK! Cutest. Halloween. Pillow. Ever.

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  14. Adorable...I so wanna make myself one. I hope I can find the time.

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  15. Suzanne, I've come to expect fabulous things from you, and you always oblige me beautifully. I LOVE this pillow. What a fun idea! Keep 'em comin'.

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  16. I love the detail on those funky wings! Hot hot hot!!

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  17. That's too cute. I'm loving owls right now!!!

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  18. What a stinkin cute bat!! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful idea!!!

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  19. I'm making this one! PLEASE - will you do all a thanksgiving thanktacular in october and a Christmas Jingtacular in November??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
    THANKS:D

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  20. Awwww I love Baxter! I wish I was that creative!

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  21. I've been thinking of building a bat house, do you think Bax would come live there? He is soooo cute!

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  22. I'm amazed that you can just sketch that out! I'm glad there there are people out there that can draw so that less artistic people like me can copy! I love this!!

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  23. Thanks so much for having me ladies! These spooktacular posts have been fabulous! So many great ideas and sooo many talented ladies! It takes a lot of coordinating to put together a series of posts like these -- thanks so much! - Suzanne

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  24. I love, this pillow! well,I actually love everything that you do. This is such a cute pillow. I really like your high tec tools. So smart and creative. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  25. Suzanne, this is just too cute. I don't know where you get your inspiration, but I love your projects!

    Thanks for the intro to 1825 too! Right before your post was another one of my fav's, Beckie @ IC! How fun!

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  26. He's BOOOO-tiful! I want Bax to visit my house.

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  27. Aww, Baxter is so cute! Thanks so much for sharing him, I'll be linking.

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  28. LOVE him!! I love unscary Halloween decorations!

    Come link to my Commercial Break!
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    suzy

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  29. I loved it! Thanks for sharing. I did my bat as well, because of you. Look how it went: http://www.blogfeitoamao.com/2011/08/preparativos-da-festa-das-bruxinhas-almofada-de-morcego.html

    Xoxo

    Claudia

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