Earlier this week I was all excited about my new Christmas bedding and the joy hasn’t subsided one bit! I was contacted by the lovely people at Aspace* who challenged me to make a Christmas decoration for my bedroom. Cue me running about
Hobbycraft the mothership like a mad-man on the hunt for supplies 🙂 Once the hysteria dissipated, I composed myself enough to gather everything I needed to make a couple of festive cushions to compliment my Christmas bedding 🙂
I’m certainly feeling merry and bright, even in these dark mornings. The one problem about loving your bed so much is that it’s a MAJOR struggle to leave it for 10 hours every day. These cushions were pretty simple to make. Not to mention that the supplies are easy to find and they certainly won’t break the bank! I used about 1m of calico fabric, an A4 sheet of red adhesive felt and 1m of pom-pom trim to make both cushions.
First I printed off a template of my words, cut out the letters and stuck them (wrong side facing down) onto the back of the adhesive felt. Then I cut round each letter carefully and was left with my two words. I then peeled off the backing of the felt and stuck each letter down onto a 50cm x 27cm rectangle of calico fabric. I sewed around each letter using my free-motion quilting foot on my machine. This is the part of the process which took the most time. It was a bit fiddly but you could totally skip this step by using fabric glue on the back of each letter to secure them instead. I quite like the stitched look, though!
The next step was to cut four 50cm x 25cm rectangles of calico. Hem one long side of each piece – I just used a zig-zag stitch for a decorative effect. With that done, I then laid 2 pieces of the calico on top of the piece with the letters, making sure the hemmed edges are in the middle, and sewed around the outside edges with a straight stitch.
Once the cushion was turned right-side out, I attached the pom-pom trim to the top and bottom edges of the cushion with a simple straight stitch. I really love the effect this gives the cushion – it’s even more festive now! To make them all plump and lovely, I ripped apart an inexpensive Ikea pillow form and stuffed each cushion with filling. The great thing about making your own cushions is that you don’t have to stick to a set size or buy an expensive form which I love.
I’m really chuffed with the final product and now my bedroom is certainly ready for Christmas. Thanks to ASpace* for setting this task! Definitely check out their range of home-wears, and for you guys with kiddies, they have an amazing selection of Children’s furniture.
*Collaborative post. All views and opinions are my own.