Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Patchwork Cushions

I’ve been LOVING all the patchwork things I’ve been seeing on people’s blogs lately, and wanting to do a bit myself.  I’ve only tried it once before, making a baby blanket for a friend last year (you can see my post about it here).  As there are no babies on the horizon at the moment, I thought I’d try making some cushions.

What fun!!! 

As you can imagine, I spent HOURS picking out and matching up fabrics.  That’s ALWAYS my favourite part of ANY project!!!  Most of the squares were taken from two Moda charm packs I’d bought a few months ago, but some were stolen from other areas of my stash.  After that, I spent HOURS more testing to find the best possible arrangement of the 9 squares for each cushion front.  Such important tasks, you see, can’t be rushed (especially when they’re sooooo much fun, and you’ve got lots of crafty-podcast-listening to catch up on).

Sewing the squares together was fun too.  The process of sewing the pieces together and ironing them nicely, then sewing on some more, then ironing the seams again.....  was really quite relaxing.  If anyone has any tips for keeping the pieces exactly square and straight (when some are stretchier/wonkier than others), I’d love to hear them.  This was the only frustrating bit!

Then, to finish off the cushions, I just used some matching fabric to make a simple envelope-style back, and put little IKEA-bought cushion pads inside.  Ta-daaaaaa.....






Now, when can we go back to IKEA to buy some more cushion pads???  I can see this patchwork-cushion-making turning into my latest sewing addiction!

What’s your latest crafty obsession???

Until next time.....

Carly

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23 comments:

  1. Love the cushions Carly. I adore the baby quilt you made. I`d like to make something like that for my Thomas and for baby on the way.
    Dx

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  2. <3 These are some of my favourite pieces that you have made :) Really lovely, and the attention you paid to putting the colours together has really made the cushions look meant to be, rather than patchwork.

    Really beautiful covers Carly, you should be really pleased :)

    X

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  3. Very, very pretty. All your hard work has been really worthwhile. ;-)

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  4. GORGEOUS.....Carly they are so pretty :o)
    have must have a wonderful stash!
    patchwork is my current addiction too
    love jooles x

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  5. Oh forgot to say...i iron my squares to fusible interfacing and then stitch the rows and columns, it makes it so easy, i saw this somewhere once and thought it genius....have fun
    love jooles x (again!)

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  6. Lovely patchwork! The fabrics are just so sweet.
    Xx

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  7. Amazing cushions. Love, love all of them.

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  8. hello Carly
    Many thanks for your comments on my blog.
    I very much like the fresh pastel colours of these patchwork cushions and clear uncomplicated designs.
    as for obsessions after the ordeal with my cushion back I am returning to doing a few crochet stones to relax a bit.

    Amanda :-)

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  9. Hi Carly,
    I love those cushions you have made! Any chance of ordering some?!!

    Love Jayne x

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  10. These are gorgeous! I love every single one! But I think my favorite is the top one. :) BTW, what size are the cushions?

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  11. Sweet Carly, Oh, it sounds like you had such fun! I find those steps relaxing and enjoyable too! It is lovely to pick out fabrics and take your time with getting it just right! I am so happy you enjoyed creating these! They are gorgeous and the fabrics you chose are so pretty and cheerful dearest! You inspire me! Thank you for sharing! I hope you have a lovely rest of the week! Love, Paula xo

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  12. They look wonderful. I think my favourite has to be the first one.

    Nina xxxx

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  13. Looks fab Carly! Your colour combination choices are spot on and look so fresh and vibrant! Looking forward to seeing more!
    Jules

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  14. I love these cushions, Carly (the third and fourth are my favourites) and I see your colour style shining through in all of them. Go back to Ikea quick!

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  15. Oh my, Carly! You have been busy with your cushion making...I love your choices of fabrics and colours...Those Moda charm packs are so addictive, aren't they?...Just full of loveliness!
    Hope you have a great weekend,
    Susan x

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  16. Gorgeous cushions ... I can see how this could become addictive!

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  17. Love the yellow blue combo. I am just getting into pintereat. Are you on? Awesome inspiration and eye candy! Happy patchworking!! Suz :)

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  18. Dear Carly, thank you for commenting.
    I wish you a happy week.
    Hugs, Nina

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  19. Carly, you've been bitten by the patchwork bug by the look of things, hehe......love the fabrics you chose, particularly
    the first cushion, such bright, cheery colours.

    I can imagine how satisfying the snipping, stitching and ironing was, well done. Sorry I can't help you with any tips as so far I have avoided this bug, but looking at what you've made I may have to take the plunge.

    Claire :}

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  20. Wow your cushions look amazing! I honestly can't pick my favourite, they're all gorgeous :)

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  21. Carly, these are ADORABLE!! The color combos are perfect (like always) and I love the little fabric tags- they are so "you!!" My favorite part about them is that when you look at them you can say "Oh! Those were "crafted by Carly!" :)

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  22. I especially like the jumping doggy fabric with the grey background - is it a Moda fabric? Would you tell me where I could get some please?
    X Sally @ Lavender Attic

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Carly

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