28 February 2014

sew. cushion.

Am contributing over on Gingersnap Crafts today so pop over and have a look at a little tutorial I did for my Sewing with Kids series!

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On a different note...I was asked by a friend to make a cushion for a baby present.  I had a bit of a brief which always helps!  To see who I'm linking up with check out here.

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Here's how…

// Cut out 3 pieces of background fabric for the cushion base. One square and 2 smaller rectangles which will cross over to create an envelope back.

// I chose the fabrics for the appliqué and cut out the shapes I wanted.  These were all backed with Bondaweb so are easy to iron on to the front piece of the cushion.

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// Hand stitch the name using a basic running stitch. I used three strands of embroidery thread.

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// Hem one the back pieces and for the other I created a bias binding of contrasting fabric.

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// Fold the bias binding around the edge of the remaining back piece and sew in place.

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// Use the free embroidery technique to zigzag around the edges of all the appliqué pieces.

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// Use a straight stitch to create a mast between the two sails which links to the boat base.  When I free stitch I tend to go around the shape three times to give the finish I like! 

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// Overlap the two back pieces (both facing up) and place the front piece on top, facing down. Pin in place.

// Using an air drying pen, rule the dimensions of the cushion size required.

// Sew along these guides.

// Turn right side round and voilà!

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// Now you can create any style and size you like!

NOW:  A giveaway!!!
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Have you any little ones in your house that love to, or would love to sew?  
This is your chance to win a whole lot of sewing goodies that would add to any little one's sewing basket! And it all comes in a handmade tote bag!

Good luck!


  1. Amazing!! Would love if you shared at our Link It Or Lump It Sunday Link Party! http://www.sohosonnet.com/link-it-or-lump-it/link-it-or-lump-it-link-party-28/

    1. Just linked up….loved finding your blog and your gorgeous Etsy shop! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. such an awesome tute and great pillow! :)

  3. Wow, what a gorgeous gift! The applique is fab - I think I need to up my applique skills now.

  4. Thanks so much…need to make one for one of my own girls now!!!

  5. So love your pillow! The nautical them is one of my favorites:)

  6. Thank you for sharing this at DIY Showcase on VMG206. I'm featuring your post tomorrow in my DIY Pillow Round Up!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

    1. Fab…thanks Megin! Will look forward to checking it out!!

  7. I love your sailboat pillowcase! I featured your post on Do Tell Tuesday today!! Thanks for linking up. Have a great week:)

  8. Love this pillowcase, would look great in nautical themed nursery!