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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Custom cushion

Ive been getting kind of busy sewing a few cushions lately.
I made this one for my eldest daughters 19th birthday.

Now I can't take all of the credit for this burst of creativity as I did gain my inspiration from another blogger
Bec has a full tutorial on how she made her fabulous cushion, so if your looking for tips pop on over!!
But here's a few snaps of mine in progress.

I traced the skull outline onto the paper of some fusible interfacing & then ironed it onto my doily

Cut out the shape

I used Panne velvet for my cushion as I couldn't find any regular velvet, it was a bit painful to work with I thought.... but gave a good end result.

I ironed it onto my fabric & then used black embroidery cotton to stitch around all of the raw edges of the doily

I then stitched the two squares of fabric together with my sewing machine, leaving an opening at the bottom to pop the cushion insert in, I then hand stitched it closed. My original plan was to insert a hidden zipper, but my over locker isn't currently working so I was unable to put a decent edge on the fabric. This made it impossible to get the zipper in neatly. Like I said before, this fabric was a pain to work with, it slips, slides, stretches & frays very easily.

TA DA!!!

 What do you think of my skull cushion?
Dream child No1 loved it!!!

Trish xxx


KL said...

O.M.G! I soooo WANT it NOW!!!! So funny, I did a 'creative' post too. Yours is much better!!!! I'll have to have a 'go' at this now too....wish me luck!
x KL

Becs Addison said...

It looks amazing! Good idea about using interfacing too, I wished we had done that (I really wished we'd done that about 2 hours into the hand stitching!).


Anonymous said...

That's awesome. Time consuming stitching the skull on but I know she would have loved it. And being a clever sewer herself she would have appreciated the effort.

Beautiful House said...

Hi Trish, they look great, clever use of the doily.x

Laura said...

wow, what a great idea to use the doily! did ur daughter love it to bits!!!? i bet she did! you are a clever lady! very awesome!!!!
laura x

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