Monday, 14 February 2011

Cushion Therapy...

What with the record heat wave and then a really long flu (which I still have) I just haven't been able to get into sewing for a while.  Even immersing myself in my fabric and pattern stashes didn't work!

Enter "cushion therapy": the cunning use of near-instant gratification sewing to switch motivation back on.

First of all I felt obliged to make at least part of my dad's birthday present, especially seeing as I never made him the bag I promised him last year (he eventually bought one).  To make this cushion cover I used a small (1/2 metre) piece of designer home dec fabric seen at No Chintz but bought (cheaper) at Material World.  Dad liked the colours...

... then I made a couple of reversible "night and day" cushion covers for my son. These are made using two medium weight cottons from Kokka:  "Hello my friend - flight at night"; and "Hello my friend - flight in the day".  I bought this fabric  online from earthgirl fabrics and it's cuter in real life than in a photo.  These are a hit, and one of them was getting a nice cuddle tonight at bedtime.

Finally I whipped up a couple of "story" cushion covers for my daughter - that's Rapunzel in pink, and the Owl and the Pussycat in blue.  These Heather Ross "Far, Far Away" series fabrics - a linen/cotton blend with natural tones - again came from earthgirl fabrics.  If you're in Australia the postage is free and the delivery is super fast. Again, a hit!  My daughter has replaced her regular pillow with two new little cushions.

I don't know about you, but I do seem to need to make t-shirts, cushion covers etc to recharge between more complex sewing projects. Happily by the time I'd finished five cushion covers I was itching to sew something more interesting, and I'm now back on track and actively finishing V1025.

Before I go, here's a close-up showing the grosgrain belt with vintage fastening that I'm adding to the front of V1025 - I hope to be able to show you the whole dress within the next few days.


  1. mmmm.... instant gratification....

    I made my husband a messenger bag a few years ago. The construction (because I had no idea what I was doing and he switched linings halfway through) took six months! But he's taken it with him every day since then, and people regularly ask him where he bought it. So don't give up on the making of the bag!

  2. That sounds like quite a job! I had traced out the shape my dad wanted from his old bag, but lost my 'pattern', then took the measurements again and lost them, and so on and so forth. It's just become embarrassing! I guess he may still be waiting...

  3. Cute cushions! So nice that they are getting appreciated a lot!
    I couldn't really make out any detail on your black dress, but it's good that you've got your sewing mojo back again... May it never disappear again!


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