Envelope cushion tutorial

My friend asked me to hem her curtains for her new flat, and in return took me to see Amelie at the Preston Manor outdoor cinema, which was all set up in the lovely gardens.  I got round to sewing the curtains up today, and had loads of fabric left over, so decided to make a quick envelope cushion to match.  The front fabric is a sample scrap from C&H fabrics, which cost me 20p!  It is a nightmare of fraying-ness, but it looks very retro.  This is more of a mini tutorial, but thought it may be useful.  It took me a few minutes to make sure I was making my cushion-cover sandwich the right way round. pink and purple fan cushionFor the length, measure the cushion pad and then multiply by 3.  I used one third of one fabric for the front, and two thirds of curtain fabric for the back.  For the width, measure the width of the cushion pad and add a seam allowance.

Hem at both ends and line up nice and flat.  Fold the front piece so one third of the fabric is on top of another third.making an envelope cushion step 1Then flip the other end of the fabric to cover the front and middle thirds of fabric.  You should now have a fabric third sandwich, which you can just make out in the picture below. making an envelope cushion step 2Sew up both of the sides, and zig zag the edges if your fabric is particularly fraying (like mine was).  Turn the whole thing the right way around, and then stuff in your pillow.  I added a few decorative buttons to hold my front fabric in place as it was gaping a bit, I think because it was so loosely woven.

Please let me know if you have any trouble following the instructions, and I’ll do my best to help!

Very quirky cushion and charity shopping

This cushion is so silly it hurts! My friend has started church bell ringing as a hobby (as you do) and the other day I noticed this rather odd framed picture in a charity shop window. I love charity shopping, I find it so hard to walk past them without nipping in. This picture was just sitting there, waiting for me, I’m sure.framed bell ringing pictureYes, it is a framed bell ringing montage, printed on a felt fabric. What is all that about?! I HAD to get it for her, and ended up carry a massive frame all through town. Anyway, I spent a while musing on what to do with it (a picture is just a bit too random) and hit upon the idea of making a cushion. completed church bell ringing cushion cocojude

The front side is the montage, and the back is made from the very retro yellow fabric which I got from another charity shop. yellow retro fabric cushion cocojude (1)I stuffed the whole thing with stuffing rather than use a separate cushion pad, as it is a slightly odd size. I’m so pleased with how it turned out, it actually looks quite nice! I shoehorned it into a box to be posted up to my friend, and she said (and I quote) “I think it may be the best thing in the world ever!”

New craft stash additions

I’m now back from holidays, and thought I would share some new goodies which I found while I was away.  I went to a lovely little shop which has been around literally forever (since 1913 anyway), called the Bon Marche.  It is a proper, old fashioned haberdasher and fabric shop, and they randomly keep budgies and parrots at the back.

I spent a while wandering round to find some wool to make a crochet diary cover for my sister, to cover her boring work diary.  She asked for turquoise, pink and sparkly, and while I couldn’t find that exactly, I found some turquoise, purple and sparkly which she is pretty happy with.  And it was only £1.70 for a massive ball!  I’m part way through this project, so when it is done, I’ll post a little tutorial.sparkly wool cocojudeI got some cute Scottie dog fabric from there, which I will be using with some other blues from my stash, to make another mini quilt. scottie dog fabric cocojudeI also had a quick hunt around the local charity shops, and picked up a very funky, 70s yellow floral double sheet for £1.50! yellow retro fabric cocojudeI’m not entirely sure what I’ll be using it for yet, but I’m sure I’ll find a use for it somewhere along the line.  I love fabric like this, it is very happy!

Mini quilt work in progress

I felt inspired the other day to just go mad with fabric and see what happened.  I vaguely had the idea of making a mini quilt as a present, and picked out some fabrics which looked nice together.  patchwork quilt pink

When I had cut them out, I noticed that there were some bits where the fabric was slightly too short, so I patched in some stripes to get the right width.  Now, I am not very good with straight lines and tidiness, so the end result is “deliberately” shabby chic.  I also seem to have swapped the order of the squares around too!spots and flowers patchwork quilt

Once I had done the one side, I was thinking how best to do the back with my random selection of not-quite-big-enough bits of fabric.  So I decided to do another scrappy patchwork quilt. flowers and spots patchwork quilt

This one has a few more stripes in it, as the pieces of fabric got smaller!  As for how to quilt it, I’ve been hand quilting circles.  When it is all finished, I will post more pictures, but I’ve put one on my twitter page already (which got retweeted by @LoveSewingMag)!

I’m quite excited to see how it all turns out.