Bee Happy

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Bench Pillows 

Bee Happy

Welcome back everyone, pull out those crazy fabric pieces you have been wondering what you were going use them for. This pillow is a great stash buster, and you can make it as colourful as you like. Let us get started.

I cut all my fabric as per instructions, with the exception of the blue tonal background, which I cut at 11” x 35”. There is a lot of applique on this piece, so I allowed for some shifting of the fabric. Do not forget to best press you background piece 2 or 3 times to give it some stiffness. Once the applique is done you can trim back to the size given, 10 ½ x 34 ½.

When you have all your applique pieces ready to fuse, follow instructions completing the pillow front pg. 24. Using Figure 1 as a guide place your stems accordingly. Take note that two of the flowers have the petals UNDER the stem, so tack the bottom and leave the top lose so you can place them under.


Place all of your pieces and fuse, with the exception of the bee. Assembled the bee on your applique mat, let it completely cool before removing it, and place it on your background and fuse in place. Worms will be added later.

You are now ready to applique, I used a 2.5 x 2.5 blanket stitch for all the pieces, don’t forget to use tear away under your piece for more stability for the stitches. Complete the background by adding your brown strip (B) fuse and applique the worms, I used a little small stitch 2.0 x2.0.

Add the boarders and follow general instructions for completing pillow front.

Instructions are given for making a French knot. I used the easy way out and fused small iron on gems for the worm and bee’s eyes. These can be purchased at Threads That Bind and come in a multitude of colours.

Follow instructions for finishing pillow back, in the general instructions.

I hope you are enjoying making these pillow covers, my grandkids love coming and seeing a different one in the guest room each month!


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