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A Felt Bird Cushion

Next on the agenda of obsessional felt cushion making?

BIRDS.

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.

Before sewing

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*

See? NAIVE (not shit).

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!

Almost finished

Just the dreaded blanket stitch to go

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.

Lovely. (ignore the blanket stitch)

Poor. Lonely. Bird. Just trying to get to it's flock.

Love. It.

I wonder who’s getting it for Christmas..


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