So as my sister got a mug for the coronation which she still has, I thought I would make a proper handmade souvenir... a stylised 2012 Union Jack cushion which you can customise with lace, ric rac brading or any other embellishment you can find. I have gone with less being more with the fabric that I have used... you might want to use florals, polka dots or stripes, let you imagination rip!
You will need:
Three complementary or contrasting fabrics, I used two fat quarters and a half a metre
Cotton, pins, pinking shears and scissors
Cutting wheel and mat
Iron and ironing board
Cushion pad (mine is 20" x 12")
Embroidery thread and needle
Heart shaped cookie cutter
Now, you know the mantra, if you are using fabric, the first thing to do is iron it, so get cracking and cut out four pieces 10 1/4" wide by 6 1/2" wide (blue fabric). Now be careful if you have a directional pattern in your fabric to make sure it all heads in the right direction when you cut it out... if you are not sure, then walk away and look again before you cut.
Next cut out your diagonal stripe which will be 2 3/4" by 12" (from your white stripe) and iron under an allowance of 5/8" on each side, remember you are running all the stripes into the centre from the outside corner.. yes, I know you already know this... but I will be the one tsking when you have to undo it because you didn't check. You might want to cut this on the bias, but really you don't need to and you will end up using more fabric than is really necessary.
Lay the strip across the square and pin it in place, sew it down 1/4" from the edge (use the edge of your foot as a guideline), you will find that there is an excess of fabric over the edges of the square, trim these away.
Lay out your pieces ready for the next stage.
Next, cut two pieces 3 1/4" x 10 1/4" (red fabric) and using a 5/8" pin a top and a bottom to the red and sew them together.
Press the seams open.
Now cut out a strip 3 1/4" wide by 13 1/4 long and join your two sides together using a 5/8" seam allowance.
Now you can embellish your front, I went with a felt heart, using a cookie cutter as a template which I cut out on grease proof paper, pinned it to the felt and then used pinking shears to give it more attitude.
Then to ensure that I would not forget what it was for, I embroidered in chain stitch with 2012 (which will also cover the London Olympics... another smart move, methinks).
Pin your heart in place and sew it, as close to the edges as you can, yet again I used the edge of my foot as a guide. The front of the cushion is now completed, yay!
Next you need to cut out two pieces of fabric, one piece should be 8 5/8" wide x 13 1/4" long, the other piece is 18 5/8" x 13 1/4". Fold over two inches of fabric from top to bottom on each piece and press it, now fold over 1/4" and sew it under to create a neat edge.
Using the larger piece of fabric we are going to place the buttonholes on the piece of fabric which is folded over, to make sure that they are equally spaced, take away 1 1/4" (our seam allowance) and we are left with 12", we are going to divide it into three as we need to place two buttonholes, so ours will sit at 4" and 8". Mark the spot with a pin and use your buttonhole foot and button stitch to sew it into place. I usually have a practice before I start on a scrap of fabric I am using to make sure that my tension and stitch size are OK... it is a lot easier to get it wrong on a scrap than on the real thing.
Now lay down the larger buttonholed piece of fabric, with right side facing the front right side, pin it in place and next put smaller piece down, it will overlap the buttonholed piece and pin it into place. And as if to show you what a muppet I am, yours truly put them the wrong way round and had to undo it to re-sew it... so it really does pay to check.
Sew it all into place with a 5/8" seam allowance. Clip the corners (you remember, cut off the triangle across the the corner) and trim down the seams to about 1/4" to reduce the bulk.
Turn the cushion inside out and use the fish knife to get good sharp corners (remember it will not go through your stitching because it has no cutting edge, per se). Sew your buttons in place.
You are finally ready to put your cushion pad in place.And there it is, your Jubilympics cushion... and you didn't even break sweat, did you?
Whilst I think of it, the butt ugly yarn has found a new home, my sister has taken it and is determined to make something from it that will make me love it... I can only wonder at her foolishness, but I am waiting to see what she will come up with...
Well now's the time to go over to Wendy's Handmade Harbour blog to see what everyone has come up with for Handmade Monday... I sometimes wonder how everyone fits in a day job when you see what fabulous things they create.