Monday, March 23, 2015

Birthday gifts

One of my goals for this year was to make as many gifts as possible. It's easy when it comes to my daughter and her friends' birthdays- girls are so easy to sew for! I whipped up this cushion cover for a party Elizabeth was invited to a couple of weeks ago.

It was so quick and easy! I decided to buy some Star Wars fabric and make one for Jimmy's birthday. Yes, I realise I've broken my vow...but it's for my boy's birthday, so I talked myself into making an exception to the fabric buying ban!

Once I'd decided to make the cushion cover, I went to Spotlight to get a zip and noticed the Star Wars fabric was 40% off. I grabbed a blanket-sized piece of fleece for $11 and thought I could bind the edges and make a quick blanket. However, I didn't take into account that the print would be backwards on the reverse side, so I went back to Spotlight and found the same print on a smaller scale, on flanellette. I grabbed that and some grey corduroy to make some nice fat binding.

I've never really done proper quilting before. I made my daughter a quilt when she was a baby, but because I made it up and did no research, it was rubbish. This one is much better, but far from perfect.
The edges are not perfectly straight and my quilting is dodgy, to say the least (I quilted around the big pictures on the fleece side). I'm really proud of my binding, though- I took my time with it and did every step of an online tutorial. I even made sure that the nap of the corduroy is all facing the same way!

The cushion should have been super easy, but as always when I make something using measurements instead of a pattern, I did something stupidly wrong and the back (just a rectangle of corduroy) was heaps bigger than the front! Oh well, that was easy to fix.

I can't wait to give these to my boy tomorrow and I hope he loves them!

1 comment:

  1. He's going to love it and be all curled up under it come the days end.