We made a decision in February that all upcoming birthdays throughout the rest of February, March and April would have handmade birthday gifts. This decision would help to save money, allow me to make more things to practice my crafting skills and provide that personal touch to our amazing friends whom all deserve a present full of love and care.
Lou Lou’s birthday was on the list and next to it I had written ‘something purple’!! With Lou Lou having an obsession for the colour purple it provides the perfect start for gift ideas. If the present is purple she will love it, it doesn’t really matter what it actually is as long as it is purple!!
I have tried a couple of cushion and pillow cases over the years and never been that impressed with the finished product, however I am now using the sewing machine regularly and my sewing skills and experience working with materials have come on a long way. I made a cushion for my friends little boy earlier in the year out of fleece with a zip fastening and it turned out pretty good, so I was feeling much more confident.
I have realised a key to success when using a sewing machine is to plan properly. The cushion needs measuring out correctly, if it has a design this needs to be worked out and sketched before you start and you need to get all your supplies in ready.
I got together purple and white fleece and felt and used my Sizzix machine to cut out felt flowers for decoration. The flowers were hand sown onto the cushion and I used the sewing machine for the seams. Each side of the cushion has 2 layers – 1 felt and 1 fleece to allow me to cover up the back of the hand stitching used on the decoration and allows the cushion to keep its shape and feel extra fluffy and soft!
The hours of fun logo was put on the cushion now I am able to transfer it onto felt and then sew it on. We also designed a washing care label advising how to clean the cushion and transferred this onto white felt and attached it to the cushion.
I was really happy with the end product and Lou Lou loved it – which is the most important thing! There will be no stopping me now with cushions, the world of handmade cushions is my oyster!!