You will need
- A piece of fabric (mine was narrow so I’ve used a long length) 60″ x 8.5″ (1.5m x 22cm.)
- An A4 sheet of paper.
- An ugly fat quarter.
- Cat litter, bird seed or rice.
- Toy stuffing or the inside of an old pillow.
- Scraps of brown and green fabric, tweed or felt for leaves and stem.
On an A4 sheet of paper draw a pear shape. I’ve tried to attach one here but if you can’t get the image it’s easy enough to draw yourself by drawing the pear as big as you can on the paper, fold the paper in half and cut out, doing it this way, your pear will be the same on both sides. Cut out 4 pear shapes in fabric. Insert a pin to mark the top and bottom middles.
Sew two pear shapes together from the pin at the top middle almost down to the bottom middle. Repeat for the other pair of pears. (Couldn’t resist saying that.) Because wool is a looser weave than cotton I sewed my seams twice to reinforce them by pivoting with the needle down at the end and sewing back to the start point, I did a few reverse stitches too.
Sew the two halves together, from top middle almost to the bottom on each side, you will now have a saggy looking old pear
Using some scrap fabric, or that ugly fat quarter you bought and now wonder what on earth possessed you. Cut two rough circles, mine were a bit small with an 8″ diameter so make yours a bit bigger. Sew almost all the way round, leave a gap to fill.
I used cat litter to weight one pear down and bird seed in the other. Fill the cushion with the heavy stuff and then sew the hole closed. Stuff the top half of your pear with toy stuffing or the inside of an old pillow and then feed the heavy stuff in last. It will be difficult to sew the hole closed in the bottom of the pear, so with the last piece of your fabric cut a circle to cover the hole, turn under the edge and slip stitch in place.
We used tweed for the leaves and stem but you can use whatever you have to hand at the time. Cut a 1.5″ strip of brown fabric and roll it up to form the stem. Slip stitch the loose end in place and then stitching through all layers of the stem and top of the pear, attach it to the top of the pear. Put two layers of green fabric wrong sides together and sew two leaf shapes on the fabric (no need to free machine) if you begin at the point that will be stitched onto the pear once you get back to the start you can then sew some veins on with a continuous row of stitching. Cut around the outside edge of the stitching to free the leaf from the scrap. Stitch the leaves in place on the pear. Next find a door to prop open and show off your posh new doorstop.