In the past I have made many scented cushions which feature lovely machine embroidery designs. Here is the most recent which has a central design in “Redwork” . The design was purchased from www.emblibrary.com – my first port of call when looking for new designs. I have a set of heart designs featuring different crafts as demonstrated in a previous post – A New Knitting Bag. I completed the scented cushion which is approximately 11 inches square, using a Red and White “ditsy” printed cotton for the borders, a narrow satin piping and envelope closure on the reverse. The scent is provided by a sachet of “Blushing Tulips” granules from Greenleaf. I still have several more embroideries to complete and they will be appearing in future blogs – in 2015!
Following on from a previous post – here is the latest Reindeer silhouette applique. So far I have only applied the polyester cotton print applique to some natural-coloured 100% linen. The next step is to run a fine zig-zag stitch all around the applique before adding some narrow piping and making up the cushion cover using my favourite method of a contrast button band and reindeer button closure on the reverse. The cover should finish as a 15″ square for a 16″ cushion pad. I like all my cushions to be plump and well-filled!
Over the years I have made many, many Christmas cushion covers. Most have been sold when I was trading as Carousel Cottage Crafts but here are just 3 that have been left. The original patchwork block design was listed as Weathervane but I like to call it Christmas Cracker. I made the second version without referring to the instructions and therefore inadvertently put it together in a different way which necessitated the addition of some extra square pieces to make up to the correct size. The third cover is made using all Half Square Triangles and is actually hand quilted – just to prove that I can do some sewing by hand!
Christmas Cracker Weathervane
Christmas Star -Half Square Triangles & Hand Quilting.
I am fortunate to own some specialised software for digitising Cross Stitch to be sewn using my Brother 4000D machine. Inspired by the lovely designs in “Cross-Stitch Samplers” by Marjorie Massey I spent an afternoon digitising this fairisle-theme heart design. I stitched out the design using Red thread onto a White textured damask fabric. This was then edged with jumbo red ric-rac and used as a central panel on a cushion cover. The reverse of the cover has a Red buttons closure with the overlap also edged with ric-rac trim.
The daughter of a friend of mine has recently acquired a pair of rabbits which gave me lots of ideas of what to give as a Christmas gift. In addition to a decorated mug, I decided to add a cushion which she can display in her bedroom. The rabbits are one in Black and one in White appliqued onto an attractive floral print cotton with a Blue background. Although I lined the White Rabbit fabric with extra stabiliser I notice there is just a very slight show-through of the print but otherwise I think that they sit well on this background. I used a light fusible wadding for the front of the cushion and quilted 1/4″ around the edges of the rabbits plus a row of echo quilting to make the bunnies stand out. The reverse of the cover has a button closure with my favourite method of print binding on the buttonhole band. The cover measures 15″ and the cushion pad is polyester filled.
I don’t know from where the original design came but I fell in love with this applique design several years ago when the Reindeer motif was just becoming popular. I made a cushion cover and it was immediately snapped up by a regular customer of my website trading company. Since then, each year I think about making another cushion just for me. Finally, I have got around to making a new cover using 100% cotton fabric for the applique on a 100% a natural-coloured linen background. The applique is applied using Heat & Bond Lite and then stitched with a narrow zig-zag in Dark Forest Green thread. The reverse has some more of the cotton print as a border on the button closure which I think just finishes off the cover nicely. The cover is rectangular in shape and approximate measurements are 13.5″ wide x 15.5″ high. The pad is slightly larger than this to ensure a plump, well-filled cushion.
I am not quite sure of the source for the Little Angel Applique that I used for this cushion cover but I think it makes an effective centrepiece for the project. The centre panel is bordered with a “flange border” with mitred corners and the reverse has a button closure for which I used some delightful Reindeer printed buttons. You will be seeing more of these buttons as I bought a bag of 100! The cover measures 14″ square and the polyester-filled pad is 15″ square.
Dressmaking has been temporarily postponed whilst I endeavour to get some Christmas-themed projects completed. I set up the embroidery mode on my Brother 4000D sewing machine and spent a day stitching several embroideries. The first was a Redwork countryside scene from www.emblibrary.com which I have inset into the front of a calico cushion cover. The embroidered panel is outlined with narrow Red ric-rac and the reverse has a button closure also in red. The cover measures 14″ square and thepolyester-filled cushion pad is 15″.