August 26 ~ Hand Sewing Photo of the Day

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Houses Cushion #5
By Isabel, Rosa e Chocolate

Isabel writes that this cushion “…Shows everything I like: the combination of various materials, the handmade work, my love for the beach and the summer… I love doing it.” Isabel has lots of fun house pillows, world pillows, houses and more in her Flickr stream.

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133 Responses to August 26 ~ Hand Sewing Photo of the Day

  1. valerie says:

    This is absolutley stunning love the washing line I can almost smell the freshly washed clothes

  2. charlie says:

    I love this pillow, especially the wash line. Whenever I see washlines it brings back memories of when I gre up, hanging all the laundry on the line on the farm. I still hang out clothes every chance I get. Love the fresh smell of the sheets when I put them back on the bed.

  3. Jessica says:

    So incredibly beautiful and perfect attention to detail.

  4. Shirley says:

    That has to be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

  5. Shelly says:

    This is so cute – and what talent!

  6. Kristin says:

    I just spent about an hour going through all your Flickr photos, Isabel. Your work is just stunning. The details are just delightful. Little things like the couching you do to create a clothesline (instead of a chainstitch, which is what I would have done)–so clever. I love your use of different textiles. I’m wondering how you use knits and keep them from fraying?!

  7. The clothesline just kills me! So sweet.

  8. Kelly SF says:

    incredible! just love it…

  9. Rita says:

    This is so beautiful! I love the scene and all the cute fabrics and stitching! This pillow has been one of my favorites for a long time!

  10. Trish James says:

    Well done for creating something so lovely. I hadn’t thought of putting holidays on a cushion before. It feels like something that you could make up with left over bits and bobs from the workbasket too. Such a fun idea! x

  11. Amber W says:

    What fun pillow. Love the houses and sailboat especially.

  12. wendy says:

    I love this pillow, great idea!

  13. angela says:

    I LOVE this pillow, all the detail, the little clothes hanging out on the line. Thank you for sharing this and I’m off to check out her flickr! LOVE,LOVE,LOVE it!!!!

  14. Vicki says:

    Okay – NOW I’m inspired. This is adorable! And such attention to detail … LOVE it.

  15. Kathy Marsh says:

    I especially love the combination of applique and hand embroidery. So old-fashioned yet so fresh.,

  16. Lynne in NC says:

    I really like this idea. The handwork is quite intricate, too.
    Nice photo and excellent work.
    Thanks for another neat idea.

  17. SusiQ says:

    I’m a fool for rickrack, so the water grabbed me! This is darling!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Brooke says:

    Lovely pillow – one of the most inspiring things I’ve seen for hand sewing. Oh – for more time!

  19. lucy bostan says:

    what a beautiful cushion such detail i love it

  20. Ricki says:

    THIS is my favorite of the entire week! Beautiful!

  21. Lori Faeber says:

    I absolutely love this pillow, so cute! I wish i had the talent to do this. Great job!

    Lori Faeber

  22. Willow says:

    How beautiful — what an interesting combination of geometric and cozy!

  23. SOOO Sew Sweet! I love it all…I want to live in that little blue house on the corner. : )

  24. Lisa says:

    Cute pillow so vintage looking..

  25. Leslie Riker says:

    Beautiful pillow!

  26. rosa souza says:

    I’ve been following Isabel’s work for a while and it’s amazing how she can surprising me all the time! I just love everything she makes! The little houses are certainly my favorites! Parabéns, Isabel! Sucesso sempre!

  27. Grace Wong says:

    that is epic!

  28. isabel f. says:

    Thank you ladies :)))
    it was so funny to make 🙂

    if you want one … just saying :)))
    hugs Isabel

  29. andrea says:

    that is the cutest pillow!!

  30. Frieda Z says:

    Really cute pillow. I love all the details.

  31. Katherine says:

    I like her world pillows even more.

  32. Amie says:

    That. is. darling. seriously. LOVE IT!

  33. Gumbo Lily says:

    I love the combination of fabric, trim, buttons and embroidery.


  34. STL Mom says:

    Oh, this caught my eye more than any other hand-sewing project. I think this would be really fun to do with my daughter!

  35. mjb says:

    This pillow is absolutely beautiful!

  36. Lisa L. says:

    This is so beautiful. Lisa L.

  37. RevelyC says:

    Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous pillow! Loved the mixed fabrics and styles, and I think I might give something like this a shot as a way to commemorate the street my parents are moving from.

  38. Jennifer says:

    How lovely and whimsical! Thank you for sharing.
    jennifer in western Kansas

  39. Cindy says:

    So cute, I love the little clothes line. Thanks for sharing!!

  40. Mandy says:

    Oh my gosh. That pillow is so beautiful. It’s like something out of a dream…

  41. Denise says:

    Wow, her pillows are gorgeous!! Now I am browsing her flickr photostream when I really should be working! lol

  42. Mel says:

    I love this pillow. beautiful colours, work, design, you name it – love it!

  43. Ali says:

    These are beautiful – very inspiring!

  44. Candice says:

    Beautiful! The details are amazing!

  45. Kay says:

    Love it. The hanging laundry is the cutest!

  46. Kate says:


  47. Baukje says:

    This is so beautiful!!!

  48. Wendy Ouellette says:

    Oh how deliciously cute is that! I love it! I think I would like to make one…

  49. Need to Sew says:

    What perfectly fantastic details!

  50. laura avery says:

    absoultly stunning!

  51. all8garden says:

    The clothes line is a great detail. I like it.

  52. Georgia says:

    Just gorgeous! Everything she makes is so wonderful!

  53. katherine says:

    sooo cute – I love all the different materials used!

  54. Karen says:

    This is absolutely adorable! I love it!

  55. Carla says:

    It’s so pretty that I wouldn’t want any one to lean against it.

  56. Deb Sheets says:

    Absolutely inspiring, Would love to try this myself. Thank you.

  57. Beth says:

    Anna Maria Horner has a great one on her blog…

  58. Brina says:

    oh my, i love this pillow.
    blrohloff at aol dot com

  59. Natalie T. says:

    I love it! I really like the collage-quality of mixing the fabrics and stitches.

  60. Leah says:

    Wow! I would love to be able to do something like this. Very inspiring.

  61. Meg says:

    Lovely!! Beautiful details and craftmanship!

  62. Sarahe4e says:

    anything Houses is special with me. I make 3 dementional one from plastic canvas as well as in quilts,embroidery, and applique. Isabel’s here and on the photo site are so special. Gives me ideas, such as the rick-rack as water. Clever!

  63. Mindy says:


  64. ms.cleaver says:

    How lovely and complex!

  65. Michelle says:

    Love that clothesline! And the colors are great.

  66. Erica Thomas says:

    So very cute!

  67. Tanya says:

    Just beautiful!

  68. Beatrix says:

    This is adorable. Especially the clothes line.

  69. Kerneknop says:

    Cutest pillow – would have to look at it, not lay on it….

  70. Alana says:

    Simply adorable! The attention to little details is overwhelming!

  71. Tiphanie says:

    That is SO CUTE. I may have to copy. ^_^

  72. Lisa says:

    I love the little details like the clothes drying on the clothesline!

  73. Ramona says:

    Reminds me of Cape Cod. Such a nice pillow.

  74. Leah says:

    Now that is gorgeous – what a talented lady!

  75. Penny Sue says:

    Wonderful inspiration. Thank you.

  76. kim says:

    these pillows are so unique!

  77. Margaret says:

    What a charming design. I love it!

  78. Julia M. in MI says:

    I love this pillow. I have an idea similar to this for an art quilt to hang in my living room. Thanks for the inspiration.

  79. Kadybug says:

    I love your sailboat and how you used ric rac for the water! It is such a clever design and really inspiring.

  80. Corvus says:

    The detail work is jaw-dropping. Hand sewn, you say?

  81. Marlene says:

    How clever using rick-rack for water, cute very cute.

  82. Jill says:

    I could spend hours imagining myself in this place…just staring at the pillow…holding my kids…telling them stories…

    What a gorgeous project!

  83. Katie Mitchell says:

    Oooo lala!!! I am so inspired!

  84. Michele says:

    What a sweet pillow design!

  85. Ammie says:

    This is gorgeous. I love the details, like the button and the ricrac street. 🙂 I’ve said it before, but this series of photos of hand sewn lovelies is extremely inspiring.

  86. wintu nancy says:

    What clever embellishment.

  87. Michelle says:

    I love this-I want to make one RIGHT now!

  88. Andi says:

    Wow! I love this pillow! I especially love the clothesline. So creative!

  89. Amber says:

    Cutest pillow ever – oh my goodness!!

  90. Elizabeth says:

    So beautiful! I love the clothes on the line in front of the houses 🙂

  91. Allie says:


  92. I can’t believe how much I love the pillows. Especially the world pillows.

  93. Amanda says:

    Wow! These pillows are amazing!! Thanks for sharing with us.

  94. Shannah says:

    I went and looked at all the details in the large photo–this is absolutely darling! Love the clothes hanging on the line!

  95. chris says:

    this pillow is a great inspiration to create a hand-made memory of any vacation or trip you take!

  96. Carrie Trapp says:

    I love this pillow. it has all my favorite things too. i especially like the ric rac ocean and the beach houses.

  97. Debbie says:

    What a fun project!

  98. alison c says:

    That’s delightful! So pretty.

  99. Stephanie says:

    I just love this one. I really do.

  100. Elizabeth says:

    Simply gorgeous. I’m drooling over the detail of the laundry line. So precious!

  101. qsogirl says:

    What a sweet pillow!

  102. Erica K says:

    I love it! Especially with the clothesline! Sweet!

  103. anja says:

    lovely work on this pillow. very inspiring

  104. Liz says:

    how beautiful! what a great gift this would be for new homeowners! i might have to make myself one, too. 🙂

  105. Greeblygreebly says:

    I love the little houses but it was the clothesline that really got me! How adorable!

  106. Brittney says:

    Great pillow! Inspiration to feature the things I love.

  107. janet says:

    what a whimsical pillow. I can’t believe all the adorable handstitched details on it. The pillow is definitely a piece of inspiration!

  108. alisha says:

    So cute! I love her world pillows as well.

  109. Cami says:

    How much fun! I can see a whole village of pillows!!

  110. jennsquared says:

    How fun! That reminded me when Hubby and I went to visit Burano, Italy. All the houses are on the water canal and each house has its own unique color and character!

  111. Bonnie says:

    This is just amazing. So beautiful and creative.

  112. Elizabeth says:

    very cute…I love all the detail and the combinations of different materials.

  113. Rachel says:

    This is just lovely! I am loving hand sewing month!

  114. Kimberly says:

    That is adorable! Love all the wonderful detail.

  115. Loralynn says:

    So cute! The laundry is the perfect touch!

  116. Victoria says:

    I adore this, especially the blue ric-rac used for the ocean waves… so creative!

  117. Lori says:

    How sweet, the laundry line makes the pillow.

  118. Deb V says:

    Your pillow is so cute and there is so much detail. You did a great job.

  119. katie says:

    Beautiful pillow! My daughter has been asking for a horse pillow. This provides some great inspiration for creating a scene and using different textures.

  120. Oh, that’s the most beautiful hand sewn pillow I’ve ever seen! I’d love to make one of those myself. So lovely!

  121. Mrs. JP says:

    Oh,,,those are SOOOOO cute. I can’t decide which one to do first. Of course, I have at least a dozen other projects already started or promised but these are going on the “to do” list. Thank you, this month has been so much fun!

  122. Jane says:

    What a wonderful pillow. I love it!

  123. Mary says:

    What a cute pillow!

  124. Helena says:

    Wow, the pillows are great. Lots of detail.

  125. Lisa says:

    I really love the laundry line in this piece!

  126. Ann Dilcher says:

    Wonderful detail. Just looks like it was fun to make.

  127. Sarah E. says:

    Cute pillow! I love it!

  128. Sara says:

    I love the mixed use of materials on this pillow and on her blog. Makes things so interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  129. Krystina says:

    I love the ric rac for the ocean!

  130. becky says:

    Wow! Those are wonderful!

  131. Margie says:

    Oh my that is so cute! I really love this sweet pillow.

  132. Stacy says:

    That is beautiful! I love the laundry line!

  133. alison says:

    What a gorgeous pillow! Great detail!

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