Thursday, April 10, 2014

Vintage Crochet Cushion Tutorial

Do you like these linen and vintage crochet cushions?  You could make one if you like!

If you would like to make one yourself here's how to do it.

First hit the op shops and gather a stash of old doilies or crochet table cloths.  You'll also need a piece of linen.  Decide what size cushion you'd like.  Mine was 45cm square.  I add a couple of cms for seam allowance and cut two 47cm squares of linen.

Next carefully cut into the doily and snip out the section that you'd like to use on the cushion.  Make sure its big enough to go right across your cushion front.

Pin your doily sections to one of your linen squares and then using a sewing machine sew along the top edge of your doily section.  Secondly sew straight along the middle of your doily section and lastly along the bottom.  Your doily sections should be nice and securely attached to your linen.

If you need to sew curved lines then go slowly adjusting the fabric as you go, keep stopping and whilst the needle is down in the fabric lift the presser foot, adjust the fabric, put the presser foot back down and sew a bit more, stop again whilst the needle is down, lift the presser foot, adjust fabric, lower the presser foot and keep going.  

Then get your other square of linen and place it on top of the one that you've sewn the doily sections to.  Make sure the right sides are facing inwards and sew the bottom edge of your cushion together.  Open it out and press the seams.  (Ok - My linen is double sided, just to confuse you!  It's printed on one side and plain on the other.  I used the plain side for my cushion, so ignore the pattern - it's never going to be seen.  The patterned side is the back of my fabric as far as I'm concerned!)

Pin your zip to the pressed seam and sew around the zip using a zipper foot.  If you need help with putting in a zip use this tutorial.  I did!

Pin the other 3 edges together and whizz it round the sewing machine.

Turn the cushion cover the right way out, put in your cushion filler and you're done.   Hurrah!


Friday, April 4, 2014

Velvet Buttoned Cushions

I have just finished making these reversible buttoned cushions for the shop.  They are velvet on one side and patterned on the other.  I hope you like them.  I've also almost finished two tutorials and I'll be posting them here in the next few days.  One involves vintage crochet and the other involves squash racquets.... obviously.  Stay tuned...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

New things!

Hello again blog!  I have been away for a very long time.  Here are some of the things I've been making.

Friday, June 10, 2011

crack open the Sherry...'s official, I'm retiring from lamp making. I never really intended to spend over 2 years making lamps 5 days a week, 9 till 5 but that's what happened. Crazy!

I'm totally astounded by the support that my little business received. I mean really gobsmacked.
{Please be aware I am about to pick up my trumpet...} If you'd have told me 3 years ago that products designed and made by me would be supplied to over a dozen shops and featured in Real living, Home Beautiful, Notebook, Peppermint and Frankie Magazine and been given a full page spread in the Herald Sun I'd have no doubt laughed quite a lot. {...I have now put the trumpet down.}

Anyway, it's time for some new adventures (one of which includes this smiley chappie).

The last of my products are listed here.

Thanks guys!

Saturday, April 9, 2011


So I promised a photo and here's one (better late than never) and look he's sleeping! Amazing! Hey - if he does more of this maybe I'll be able to do some work....

Friday, February 11, 2011

I ♥ drizzle......

...aaahhhh this funny old weather is reminding me of Yorkshire... so much so that today just for the hell of it I dragged the dog out for a two hour walk in the drizzle. Not sure he appreciated it but I get a perverse pleasure from being able to wear my raincoat so the opportunity couldn't be missed.

I also remembered just how much I love these weather prints from Mitchell and Dent. I really do love them. Don't you?

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Lovely things............... crochet......

I've been trying to teach myself crochet but I'm not having a huge amount of success... lack of patience probably. Thanks to the fantastic Meet Me at Mikes I did whip up some of these heart shaped little dangly things which I used as gift tags on my Christmas presents, but I think I'm going to be leaving the rest to the experts.

Here's a few beautiful crochet influenced items that I love (and I admit I've already purchased a few of them!).

1. Necklace by Loved on Madeit, 2. Coaster by Uncommon on Etsy,
3. Storage by Tuuni on Etsy, 4. Bunting by Moose & Bird on Etsy,
5. Baby headband by KylieB on Madeit, 6. Necklace by Mandalay Arthouse on Madeit,
7. Necklace by Kitty Hugo on Madeit, 8. Potholder by Emma Lamb on Etsy