Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Zip-around Pouches

 The same weekend that I made the cushions for the kids, I also joined a workshop to make the Zip-Around pouch. It's a pattern I've made before by Bad Banana Patterns, but I didn't need much of an excuse to make it again and I picked up some excellent tips from Tori, who was leading the workshop (@Cloudtori). Basically, if Tori says hand-baste in place, hand-baste it, because it makes life easier and the results better!

I decided two pouches is better than one! So I made a new pouch for my headphones. I make my ziparound pouches deeper than the pattern - for this one I cut each of my side strips 1.5" wide. In hindsight this is perhaps too deep as without any interfacing, they don't hold their shape - perhaps next time I'll add some interfacing?

I love that 90s walkman print - perfect for a pouch for my headphones - it's from Lovely Jubbly fabrics, but I can't remember what it's called (It comes in two colourways too!). The pink is a Kona and the blue inside is from Alison Glass.

And a pouch for Michael (I didn't want him to feel left out when the kids got their cushions!). All the fabrics are by Carolyn Friedlander except the orange binding on the inside which is Kona

And since this weekend, I've also made another pouch in the same fabrics as Michael's for a friend - this time I cut the strips at 1.25" each and I'm pretty sure this is the perfect width for me - It just fits a charger nicely!

I will definitely be making more of these! Here are the two I made at the start of the year and the two I made on the weekend! The black one is the perfect depth!

Monday, 2 November 2020

Cushions for the kids

 The dinosaur quilt I finished back in early September was quite popular in our house. Josh squealed in delight every time he saw it. So he was not best pleased when we gifted it to the newest addition to the family - a baby cousin. I am planning on making him his own dino quilt (I have a May 2021 deadline in mind....) but in the meantime, I decided a cushion would soften the blow. 

Michael and I watched his reactions to the quilt a few times and worked out that he definitely liked the orange dinosaurs but couldn't pick between the Stegosaurus and the Triceratops. I made an executive decision that the Triceratops made a better shaped cushion!

But of course when you have three children, one cushion just won't cut it! I was lucky that I had a weekend set aside for the Virtual Sewing Shindig. We couldn't meet up in person this year, but a weekend was organized full of zoom chatting and sewing with some workshops as well! I cleared out our junk room, set myself up and closed the door! Heaven! As well as making Josh a dinosaur cushion that weekend, Jessica had requested a "pink dinosaur with flowers and a crown". Obviously. She also made it clear that she liked the brachiosaur. I present, a pink dinosaur with flowers and crown! (it's pinker in real life

The flowers are broderie perse - I had a lovely flower print I picked up in a destash and I simply cut out the floral element and raw edge appliqued it in place. And the crawn is some slightly less technical applique!

And the final cushion was for Mia. One of the workshops I attended over the weekend was a foundation piecing class with Jeliquilts. Mia picked out her Stupid Cupid pattern and I kept it simple with red (her favourite colour) and white. The massive advantage of sewing at home rather than being away for the weekend, meant that even though I hadn't planned very well in advance, all the extra fabrics, wadding and zips I needed to get all three cushions finished were just upstairs! It doesn't make up for not seeing everyone in person - I can't wait for next year - fingers crossed!

I gave the cushions at the end of retreat and I think they were appreciated! Each one had a little label sewn on the back!