‘How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon! December is here before its June, my goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?’ – I love that Dr Seuss quote, doesn’t it just sum up how quickly the year has flown by so far? Here we are in June already, and it’s time again for my monthly Minerva Crafts Blogger Network post! To tie in with the spirit of sunny days and light evenings that June promises to bring I’ve had a bit of fun for this month’s offering: cloud cushions!
The idea for these cushions came from the Liberty Book of Simple Sewing, which is a delightful sewing book full of homeware projects that’s just as lovely to look at as it is to sew from. I’ve been eyeing up the cloud cushion project for a while (there’s also a cloud mobile in there too but I don’t have a baby to justify making one of those just yet) so it was definitely time to put the pattern to the test.
Making the cushions really is quite simple, with the set of three taking me just one Saturday morning to make. The book calls for you to photocopy the template and enlarge it by a few hundred percent but I still don’t actually know how to do that so I drew my cloud template freehand instead! It took a couple of attempts to get my symmetry right but I do believe that anyone has the ability to draw a cloud and can do this for themselves if they, too, don’t fancy photocopying!
Once the template was cut out (I drew one large cloud and one small cloud), I cut two of each from my fabric so that each cushion has a front and a back piece. I picked three vibrant, pink polycottons to make the cushions with – a cerise mini daisy print, a baby pink daisy print and a candy stripe print. Polycottons are one of the easiest fabrics to work with as they always do what you tell them to! Try it if you don’t believe me 😉
I then stitched around the edges, leaving a small gap at the bottom, and stuffed the clouds with fairy dust and raindrops (polyester toy stuffing) until they looked fit to burst. I think they look adorable all grouped together – how about you? I actually made these cushions with the intention of giving them to my sister-in-law for her birthday this weekend so I hope she likes them as much as I do. I mean just look at that lovely pink bow.
Have you ever made anything from the Liberty Book of Simple Sewing? If so, show me! If not, have you ever made anything with a weather theme? I’d love to see pictures of umbrella-print dresses and sunshine-themed shorts 🙂