Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Finished: Asian Pear

I call this the Asian Pear, since those things are a hybrid of apple and pear. This little gem is technically a pear, but the fabric features pears and apples. Ok, so I thought I was being cute here...with all this word play. Anyhoo...

I have seen stuffies like this on numerous blogs and stuff. Some are made to be pincushions, some as ornaments, and some as pillows. I thought they were really cute, so I decided to try to make one of my own.
Several attempts later and I finally got something that resembles a pear! The first few looked like warped and mutated versions of a red delicious apple. Sorry, I didn't save or take any pictures of the outtakes, I had ripped them up pronto when I had seen what a mess they were! I had also ripped them up so that I can see the I can avoid it for the next sample!
I had made this with the intent of giving it to a friend as a thank you gift but didn't like and am not proud of my hand sewing and embroidery on this. So it remains in my sewing room for now. I used fabrics from my stash - pink Alexander Henry Apples and Pears, and some pink Kona Cotton. I decided to use only one print and one solid, solely on the fact that my friend loves pink as much as I do and I knew for a fact that she really, really liked the AH Apples and Pears print after seeing the notepad holder that I had made using this fabric. The leaves and stem are handmade felt that I had bought at a quilting store some time ago but never used because whoever packaged/rolled the felt up made it so that there were hard-to-get-rid-of creases throughout the entire piece.

I think I'm going to attempt to make another one, but this time take more care in the hand sewing parts! I'm also thinking of sewing a tomato, seeing how my current one has gone MIA. Not that I really use pincushions all that often, as I use a magnetic pin holder. But I find the pincushion easier to use when pinning quilting pieces. I currently use the tiny plastic box that the pins came in (I like to keep my quilting pins separate from the general use ones), and that can be quite a pain in the arse. Hmmm...I wonder how long it'll take me...crap, another project to add to the list!

The photos are a bit dark at the bottom...this was taken in my kitchen in between spooning cereal into the wee one's mouth at lunch time. I couldn't find a decent background for this, so I plopped it onto a chair with some white cotton in the back. Natural light here wasn't my friend this time around.


  1. This is so beautiful! My daughter's room is pink and green and white because I just love that combination of colours.

  2. Thanks guys! I'm really loving this color combo too lately. Now if I can only find a purpose for it...

  3. Melissa, this is probably such a dumb question but where do I find that Alexander Henry apples and pears fabric if I want to get some to make curtains for my daughter's room? We are moving and are planning on painting it apple green - do you think that pattern would be too wild for a toddler's curtains?

  4. Hi Beth!
    That's not a dumb question at all! Unfortunately this fabric isn't in stores anymore :( I've been on a search to find some more of it too, and found a few sellers on etsy that has it. I'm finding that the pink version of this print is getting more and more scarce, so I need to stock up!
    I don't think this fabric would be too wild for curtains for a toddler's room. But I guess it depends on the rest of the decor of the room, like are there a bunch of patters already being in use? Or is the room painted a solo color? Either way, I think they would make really fun curtains!
    Good luck with the move!

  5. Thank you for responding to me! I forgot to check back until just now. I ended up getting different curtain fabric...just need to sew them up. I have to blow the dust off of my machine (not a sewer like you!) so wish me luck!

  6. You are wrong. This looks fantastic, your hand sewing and embroidery skills are way much better than what you think.


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