I used some heavy weight graph paper that was lying around and it makes a nice stencil. Then four different fabrics in coordinating colors of blue and green were chosen. I had recently made a few other appliqued pillows where I used a bright white cotton canvas. But Mary has a white slip covered couch so I wanted to go with a different fabric. I bought this beautiful 100% linen fabric on sale and I'm glad I got enough to make additional pillows. It's so soft and has a nice drape.
Linen fabric and back envelope closure
by Emily Dickenson
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune--without the words,
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
Bird Gift Tag
For the gift tag, I used the bird stencil to cut out a tag from heavy weight scrap booking paper and wrote the first part of Emily Dickenson's poem Hope on the other side.