Wow… been a busy few weeks 🙂 I’ve finished a few items – a red version of the bed rest for my Grand Mother’s birthday next week, my first Cake pattern that will be blogged soon, promise!! and I’ve finally turned a cross stitch I finished earlier this year into a cushion. Introducing my latest addition to my front room – The Fantail cushion…
The Fantail is a New Zealand native bird – in the real world they look like this…
The cushion kit comes from a New Zealand company The Stitchsmith. I love their patterns, love love love and this is the third cushion I’ve done, with more planned. The curved shape in the pattern that makes up the wings is the koru – the shape the growing NZ native Silver fern makes as it grows.
Making up the cushion is super easy. I cut some batting to go behind the aida, and because the aida is black and the batting white, I cut some black fabric to go between so you couldn’t see the white through the holes. I basted the three layers together, then cut out the backing fabric. I sewed them together, leaving a big gap for stuffing. Once the cushion insert was through the hole I hand stitched the cushion closed.
Previously I’ve trimmed the edges of fur to make it easier to sew. I didn’t bother this time and though it was a bit messier, with fur tufts all other the place, it came together fine.
Cushions are easy to make, and are a great way to update the look of a room. The only thing I find when making my own is that the quality of cushion inserts isn’t that good here in NZ. I searched high and low when I put the first of these cushions together and couldn’t find anything that would stay “fluffy”.
Case in point – this is the Fantail cushion next to the first one I finished about 18 months ago. It sits on a chair that isn’t used very often and is still as flat as a pancake 😦 Ah well I’ll keep trying. Maybe I just need to replace the insert more regularly?
Still, they look great and I get lots of comments on the NZ map. Now it has a friend…
Til next time lovelies!