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Feature :: Giant Pom-Pom trimmed Cushion, Sew Now issue 5

I designed this cushion with giant Pom-Pom trim for Sew Now issue 5. I love changing the look of a room with some new cushions and even more so when they have big fat pom-poms on them! That’s the great thing about having sewing skills, you can change the look of your home so easily and to your own exacting requirements!

Giant Pom-Pom Cushion Sew Now issue 5

When I was shopping for a zip for the pom-pom cushion I happened to see the birdy/floral fabric in Dunelm and couldn’t resist it! I thought the colours worked so well with the giant pom-pom cushion fabric and trim.

I therefore decided to make a complimentary cushion with jumbo piping. Why have one cushion when you can have two!

If you fancy trying out jumbo piping check out my tutorial for making your own piping!

Giant Pom-pom cushion

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Feature :: HoHoHo Applique Christmas Cushion

Christmas is on the way and like it or not it’s time to start thinking about getting out those Christmas decorations!

Back in October we were walking around the shops and Charlotte (who is 7) was complaining that there were so many Christmas things in the shops when Christmas was so far away. She really has a point, however when I got everything set up for this photo shoot both of the girls were begging me to leave the decorations out!
HoHoHo Christmas Cushion

So, this is my latest project for Love Sewing Magazine….an applique festive cushion! What do you think? You like?

The feature in Love Sewing includes templates for the lettering and instructions for cutting and sewing the applique. There are also instructions for inserting a lapped inset zipper. If you can’t get hold of a copy of the magazine then I also have a tutorial for an Inset Lapped zipper that you can use on any project.

HoHoHo Christmas Cushion detail

The fabric if you are interested is called Candy Cane Stripe by Michael Miller from Sparkly Fabric by Michael Miller and I purchased it from Sparkly Fabric.co.uk. Be warned though, those stripes are not at a 45 degree angle and were a bit of pain to try to match up!


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Crummy crochet

I’m the sort of person that has to finish a book, even if I’m not really enjoying it (well at least I used to be when I had time to read). I now seem to be the sort of person that keeps hooking, even though I know I’m not happy with what I am making.

I was completely inspired by the work of Suz from Suz Place. She does some fabulous crochet and has some really lovely colour combinations. I decided that our downstairs sofas needed some new cushions and I had seen the lovely crochet cushions that Suz has made and was certain that I could come up with something just as fabulous for my own house. I Was Wrong!

The trouble is I think the colour choice reminds me of my old school winter uniform, which is not a good thing. A grey shirt under a bottle green box pleat v-neck tunic dress, accessorised with a bottle green blazer and matching felt hat – oh so stylish!

Wow, I really can’t believe I ever cut my hair short again after seeing this picture – what was my mum thinking, surely this could not have been my choice?!?!?

The other problem with the project is that one of the yarns is a slightly different weight so I don’t think the finished result is going to look that great!

Maybe I should call it a day and fold in the edges to make a diagonal stripe mini cushion and eventually hide it behind something more attractive?

if only the stripe placement looked a little better….