This project has been merely a dream for over a year. I have collected several of these vintage velvet tapestries with hope of turning them into pretty pillows.
I decided to start with the kitten themed one so I dug out the tapestry some thick fringe and fabric for the back.
I washed the tapestry on a delicate cycle with plenty of fabric softener soon after purchase and it turned out clean and super soft. Unfortunately I do not own a very good sewing machine and my needle broke as well s my pressure foot before I could complete the task. So far I am thrilled with the results. I love the velvet it's theme and colors and even the backing fabric (although I was forbidden to purchase it by a friend who deemed it ugly....of course this is the same friend who has threatened to burn some of my unfashionable wardrobe and has told me seriously that I am not allowed to marry again until she gives the Ok on the mate. I bought the fabric and I still have my repulsive clothes. I don't think I'm interested in challenging marriage with or without her approval..LoL) The fringe matches perfectly. I thought the large size would make a perfect floor pillow or bolster type pillow for across the bed. The backing fabric just had such a 40's appeal to me with its style and color. Makes me think of Bette Davis 0r Barbara Stanwyck movies. I managed to get all the sides sewn together and the fringe on when the machine broke. Ill stuff it and attempt to hand sew the final edge and trim but may be forced to repair the machine to complete. I will post a photo of the completed project but this is where I stand for now.