Back in May, looking forward to dreamy summer days and in the mood for linen and cotton …. florals, stripes and young love …. I had an idea for a scotty dog pillow cover. It turned out very well and proved to be one of the most popular free designs I’ve published on Bustle and Sew. But now the nights are drawing in and this afternoon Ben and I went blackberrying in the lanes. The leaves are beginning to turn, children have returned to school and autumn is, if not already with us, then certainly just around the corner. At this time of year my thoughts turn to woollens, delicious cosy blankets and toasty felted cashmere and lambswool, and the richer textures and jewel-like colours of silks and plaids – so I decided to revisit my scotty dog pillow for the autumn.
I am very lucky to have close by in Kingsbridge, a lovely fabrics and interiors shop called Ajanta – and they are having a sale at present. I scooped lots of fabric samples books – nobody else seemed to want them as the pieces of fabric are of course rather small. But oh, such luxurious fabrics – and perfect for applique and patchwork.
When I returned home (after walking Ben – he makes sure I know where my priorities lie!) I spread some of the samples around me and made a choice of autumn colours, combined with red ric-rac on a grey felted lambswool (old thrifted scarf) base. And then I made my autumn scotty dog pillow – replacing the applique heart with a lovely heart-shaped button purchased on a trip to Fowey last year. Perfect! And just right for my stall on October 9th at Totnes. I think I’ll make another later just for me to combine with snuggly blanket, mug of cocoa and warm fire …. bliss!
PS I used the same template as the summer scotty pillow – you’ll find it on Bustle and Sew on the Free Goodies page. The pillow is 18″ square, has a simple envelope closure and the scotties are appliqued with 3 strands of embroidery floss using blanket stitch. Ric rac is simply machined on with matching thread.