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So alongside buttons and Russian dolls, I also love elephants (and owls and cute little mushrooms and cats and and and)
So here we go, yet another felt cushion for your perusal.
I started by choosing my materials…
…but as per usual I completely and utterly changed my mind when it actually came to starting on the “piece”. Oh God, I can’t call these things I’m making “pieces” – it sounds so unbearably…overblown for what basically amounts to me sewing bits of stuff onto other bits of stuff.
I decided on a herd of pachyderms stampeding across the front of the cushion.
Using a basic running stitch in the same colour as the background felt, I attached the elephants onto the cushion.
BLANKET STITCH around the edges before stuffing. I’m actually getting a tiny bit better at it. Hope springs eternal.
Aw, I’m pretty pleased with this one. Would be nice for a babies room (minus the choking eye buttons of course)
In other news.
Look what I bought!
It was only after a grim fight to the death for 45 minutes just to get a bobbin wound correctly; that I remembered why I hate sewing machines.
So…I am going to try my hardest to love this new addition, and to get him to love me too – much in the manner of Eliot leaving a trail of M&M’s for ET I am going to go very slowly and not frighten him by…I dunno, actually trying to make anything more complicated than a zigzag edging…
I’m sure high jinx will ensue.
If I stab myself one more time with a pin, I am going to lose my shit all over the the EVERYWHERE.
Quick pin cushion. I’m not prepared to muck about with squares and rectangles and triangles. I’m going simple circular.
Two felt circles.
Plus a freehand green “stalk”
Plus BLANKET STITCH OMIGOD, plus stuffing equals =
So there we are.
Simple but neat and now I can hold the pins in the cushion rather than in the arm of the sofa/table/floor
I love Russian Dolls and have done since I was a little girl, so regardless of whether anyone else like them or not, I decided to make a cushion (GOD YOU BORING COW, MAKE SOMETHING ELSE! Well I have, actually. If you’d like to see what else I’ve been up to this week why not check out my super boozy post over here)
I wanted to make the dolls colourful and with lots of texture. To do this I chose to use some different fabrics, ribbons and buttons and some embroidery.
I sewed patterned fabric onto the felt background and added embellishments.
I then made smaller, and slightly different, versions of the same doll (trying not to make the smaller ones look like Bruce Forsythe in a dress)
Using overstitch again, I sewed the dolls onto the background and once again blanket stitched the edges. This one turned out quite badly. GOD I HATE BLANKET STITCH.
I think I get away with the shoddy blanket stitch though as the dolls really “pop” and are interesting enough to let the eye slide away from the crappy edging.
Hmm, really selling it aren’t I? HAPPY CHRISTMAS SOMEONE!
If you’d like to have a go then you can get the template I used from here
Next on the agenda of obsessional felt cushion making?
I love the look of naive, folk art and decided I would like to try and design and produce something along those lines. I wanted to sew some basic bird shapes onto a fairly neutral colour (I’m heavily into grey at the moment) and brighten up the design by having one bright bird standing out.
Using a simple overstitch I sewed the birds onto the backing, trying to keep the stitches as neat as possible, HOWEVER, as I have cleverly called this (in my mind) NAIVE work, it’s not a huge deal if some of the stitches are a bit uneven, as it’s all part of it’s folk arty charm. *ahem*
I carried on sewing all the birds onto the felt background, and also added a lone bird on the back of the cushion for a heartbreaking “THAT’S JUST LIKE ME” moment.
I then made an unadvised visit to John Lewis’ haberdashery department.
The ribbons! The buttons! The felt! OH MY!
Anyway, along with around forty pounds worth of ribbons and “Hand Made by Buddists” fabric; I got my sweaty little shopaholic hands on some fabulous buttons which look just like eyes. On a cardigan? Maybe a bit sinister; on my birdy cushion? AMAZEBALLS!
Once again I tried, and failed, to make my blanket stitch look beautiful, even and professional. It is becoming my nemesis. I quite like having a nemesis, it makes me feel all Important.
I super-stuffed this cushion, using a pencil with an eraser at the top to poke the kapok into the corners. I think my button cushion was under stuffed to be honest.
I am very pleased with the outcome.
I wonder who’s getting it for Christmas..
I dragged my sewing box from under the enormous plastic bag, in which are big plastic bags, in which are smaller plastic bags; over the bike helmets and past the hoover.
It’s been quite some time since it’s seen the light of day. What wonders will this box of delights hold?
The answer was a tangle of embroidery threads, interspersed with packets of needles, beads, scraps of fabric and the occasional loveheart sweet.
Clearly, I couldn’t get on with any project at all until this mess had been sorted out.
So I emptied out the box completely, cleaned and hoovered all the errant beads and lined the insides of the box with some old wrapping paper I had lying around.
I then had to, boringly, sort out all the thread and get everything neatly arranged. Don’t tell me I don’t know how to enjoy a Friday night.
And now I can start sewing
Hello! And if you’ve followed a link from my Party Spanner blog, Hello again!
I’ve decided to start a new place to put my craft projects, and here it is.
I’m currently obsessed with making felt cushions and have a number of other projects in the pipeline. I get bored quite easily, so it’s likely that each cushion I make will be a one off.
Most of the things I am making at the moment are destined to be Christmas gifts, so in addition to the felt craft there will definitely be some flavoured booze coming up (Christmas pudding flavoured vodka anyone?) and whatever else takes my fancy.
I hope you’ll enjoy my silly things.