First of all, I would like to help spread the news that there is an open day on August the 15th at the Fabric Godmother. Check out Zoe’s blog for more info. I’m not able to commit due to house selling stuff, but would love to go if I could, sounds oodles of fun- sewing friends with plenty of fabric goodness ( special discounts too).
But onto today’s writing…
Everyone who has been following me for a while has either heard me decry sewing anything but clothing or else will have noticed a distinct lack of home decoration projects. I only sew for my home when faced with the bitter truth that the cost of doing otherwise is far too outrageous when I have the power, skills ( and access to far more exciting fabrics) to do so myself. It’s just not something that floats my boat. …. or is it?
However the curtains and blinds I have made fill me with joy, probably because they are made from vintage curtains, tracked down on eBay, delivering the vision, colour and style that I conceived. Cushions fill the same barren place in my sewing heart. Easy to make but not exciting enough for me to make stacks. I’ve not got one of those sofas where you can’t move for cushions- just a couple will do to support better comfort ( my sofas are a terrible investment – leather – yuk- and so uncomfortable!). However, once again house selling has kicked me up the proverbial to whip up a couple of cushions to ‘complete the look’. Guys, cushions are so quick to make! It’s ridiculous. We all know it, but somehow clothing is far more exciting to make & Silly because now I’ve made a couple more cushions I get a huge amount of pleasure every single day. And that doesn’t happen with the dress that gets worn once a fortnight ( or more likely every blue moon).
So first of all look at what is possible in less than an hour. Yes, it’s crazy that this luscious barkcloth cushion was that simple.
It’s got an envelope back and I referred to the instructions in the Sew Over It Vintage book just to overcome any slowness caused by a faulty memory.
However, I made this using one long strip of fabric, folded in the right proportions, as opposed to three pieces so that the only seams needed were the side seams. This is the fabric that I have used for blinds in my bedroom but it so suits the colours in my living room too. Love it. Simple way to showcase the awesome vintage greens and turquoises & crazy huge flowers.
But let me tell you more about this cushion! It has an awesome secret. Well, not really a secret, but it reveals an awesome function- only really of interest to fellow sewsters I suspect!
This is an idea that I had years ago when I was practising bound buttonholes (erm, looking back it appears that this took place in the summer of…..2012!!). At the time I was referring to Karen’s Ebook but without a garment to make buttonholes for. I thought that if I chose the buttons (some special wooden ones bought at a craft fair) and made the buttonholes for them on a big enough piece of fabric, they could form the closure for a rather nice cushion.
The buttonholes were executed rather splendidly in several hours (three years ago. [cough in embarrassment]).
And I had these wonderful felt flowers given as a gift ( also far too long ago, but at least they are being used now).
They were such a thoughtful gift along with some sweet beaded felt beads, so I decorated the front of the cushion with the flowers and used the beads to make tassles for the corners.
I’m so pleased to finally put the beautiful felt decorations to such everyday glory- this took 20 minutes to sew the cushion and an hour in front of the TV sewing the decorations. And it keeps on giving me smiles!!
So do you think you’ll put your bound buttonhole practice to good use ? Or do you leave them on fabric scraps? Do you also think that there is a greater return on ‘sewing time’ with sewing projects for the home when you get pleasure from them all around you? For me, as long as I can get them over and done with as quickly as possible I am more than happy to benefit from the inner sewing glow they deliver. But my house will never be over run with home made table runners, cushions, bedding and the like, much as I like the idea & much as I probably collect such idyllic images on Pinterest….