As mentioned in an earlier post the need for a birthday gift with meaning personalised cushion for a wee girls bedroom. This was quite simple to make, thankfully when you have the inspiration strike the night before the party.
The first step was cut out the background shape in this case a cute heart.
Next find all the appropriate letters and hope there is enough, arrange in colours that look kind of right with with cute little stars surrounding. Then spend awhile glueing felt letters down batting curious cats away who just want to 'help'. The next step is cut out a square in the chosen main fabric in contrasting colour to the background shape, this square is estimated in size by squashing down the cushion insert and guessing with the tape measure if you don't have the measurements on the insert packaging or if you recycling an old cushion use the old cover as a pattern.
For the back an envelope opening is created by cutting two pieces 3/4 sized of the front square. These are then hemmed and the top overlap can be decorated as wished. The background shape is sewn to the front piece and pinned right sides together with the back pieces make sure the top overlap of the back pieces is touching the front piece. The last step is to sew all four edges and open out cushion cover and insert the cushion and voila! cute original birthday gift.
The knitted objects above were quick and fun to make. The ball with different textures and bell inside will be great for Tessa to roll around as she gets more mobile and sits up. The sweet little ladybug is just the right size for Tessa to hold and has crinkly plastic inside for extra tactile fun.