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Simple cushions

Last week, I was doing some organisation of my cupboards, and I found four cushion forms that I had forgotten I bought. I remembered that I had intended to make some cushions using fabric I bought in IKEA on a whim, got intimidated by the sewing machine I borrowed from my grandmother-in-law, and forgot about it. Now I have my own lovely sewing machine and I am getting more confident with it (at least, for simple projects). So I thought I could kill two birds with one stone, and make the cushions, all the while freeing up some storage space (for more fabric, maybe!).

Federika cushion

In 2011, SewMamaSew ran a “Pillow Month”, where they posted a load of tutorials and inspiration for making pillows and cushions. The first tutorial in the series was a tutorial to make a basic pillow and that’s what I used to make these. It’s an extremely simple tutorial to follow, and the thing I found most useful was the table with sizes of the pieces to cut depending on the size of your pillow form. On the above cushion, I fussy cut the flower as I thought it’s a nice motif. For the other cushion I just cut anywhere.

Ulrika cushion

For the back, it’s just a flap closure which is really easy (no zips or anything – I’m a bit nervous of zips!).

Cushion gback

The fit is slightly loose, I think that’s because of how I converted the inch measurements in the tutorial to centimeters (because I’m in France, and I’m a scientist, all my rulers are in metric!). I want to make two more cushions and I think I will round down my conversions to give a tighter fit (I like the “nearly bursting” look on cushions!). Anyway, apart from the fit (which is a pretty minor issue) I’m quite happy with my first attempt at cushions. They look so colourful and cosy on the chairs in my living room.

A lesson learned…

Sigh. I can be terrible for rushing headlong into time-saving or “handy” things while crafting that turn out not to be such good ideas when push comes to shove. I have learned this week that I have got to focus on thinking these ideas through before putting them into practice.

A few weeks ago, I posted about my Friendship Star Quilt Top. Well, this week I was all set for doing the final little preparations before basting and quilting. Then I had a proper look at the back of my quilt top:

Can you see the problem

Can you see the problem? That dark thread…basting a white diamond…looks like this on the front:

Here it is!

It’s hard to see in this photo, but you can see dark marks in the corners of the diamonds where I made some backstitches behind. This will look worse once I put the dark background fabric on the quilt. I’ve spent all of my crafting time this week unpicking the dark thread, it’s not particularly interesting work, and it doesn’t feel too creative to me! How did this happen? Well, I used plastic “quilt patti” templates for my diamonds (they are GREAT), and one of the advantages is that you don’t have to remove your basting stitches. Of course, my bright idea was to use up some of my poorer quality thread for the basting (it uses a LOT of thread). And I never thought that dark thread on white fabric was not a good idea.

I’m definitely going to take more time to think about what I do in a craft project before I do it. Even if this seems slow to me, it will save time in the long run.

So have any of you fellow bloggers ever made a silly mistake like this? If you have, would you talk about it on your blog?