Monday, 31 October 2011

Long evenings

Daylight savings is rubbish when I'm still at my desk at work at nightfall, but pretty darn cosy when I'm at home snuggled up in my pyjamas... or with my pyjamas.

I've dug out a cushion cover I made last summer from our old flannel pyjamas. Its super-snuggly, and has a handy pocket for love notes, the tv remote, or, in my case, thread trimmings to keep safe and out of the mouths of babes.

It was a really good beginning project. I learned machine basics – how to wind bobbins, thread up, change feet and needles (oh, and not to sew over pins) and i also designed it myself.
And then had to trim the pieced squares because i got the maths wrong. (I mean, really! How difficult can squares be?) And restitch  the piecing so i could ease it in properly to make the corners (nearly) match up.  I hadn’t accounted for the fact that the fabrics are all different, and have worn differently. I had blithely and naively assumed that if I line up the edges, my magic new machine would sort out the middle bits, Actually, it needed some input from me. Who’d a thunk it?

Anyway, here’s the method, complete with seam allowances, and some piecing diagrams that would have saved me having to puzzle it all out on the bed and disturb the cat.

Tutorial here: Upcycled snuggle cushion

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