Friday, 7 November 2014


 A few months ago Last year I made a cushion for a friend who was celebrating her birthday. Knowing that she liked bright colours I chose a variety of fabrics from my stash and started to improv piece them together log cabin style.

It just wasn't right. It was bright and happy, but it really didn't feel like it was right for my friend. I decided to start over with different fabrics. I added some sophistication to my fabric choices and was very pleased with the end result.
This was my friend! You may recognise the beautiful fabric on the dark purple background. I fell in love with it and used it again on this messenger bag.
I also love the fabric on the back of the cushion (and am patting myself on the back for inserting a covered zipper. I love these on cushions and always use Svetlana's fab tutorial).
The colour in these photos hasn't come up well; the zipper is hot pink - the same as the petals, leaves and stems on the fabric. Did I say how much I love this fabric?
Note to self: turn the ends of the tape label under next time!
I am getting better at remembering to put a label on hand made gifts; I sewed a simple one on using cotton tape. This looked great, but - I don't know what I was thinking - I didn't fold the ends under. It will probably fray and fall off after one wash. I have told my friend that I will happily be liable for any repairs in the near or distant future.
As to what became of my abandoned cushion cover? I backed it with some cherries ( I love cherry fabric!) and it now lives in our lounge room. Sometimes on the couch and most of the time on the floor with a four year old bottom on it.  I'm glad I abandoned my first cushion cover - it just wasn't right for the recipient and was also too big for a couch cushion (25" or 63cm), but is perfect as an imaginary sled, boat or bus for wombats.


  1. Gorgeous improv cushion Jeneta; 'tis filled with happiness. How lovely is that fabric at the back and your pink zipper certainly adds a splash of zing. I can just imagine all manner of fanciful fun being spent with the cherry cushion.

  2. Love both backing fabrics! :-)

  3. Oh, and clever you to do such a neat and tidy covered zip.

  4. I think both cushions are wonderful.... I like that zip fitting too...

  5. Ah Yes . . . wombats.
    I understand!
    Your left over cushion could be a magic carpet : it is SOooooo gorgeous. Lucky wombats.

  6. great work on both of the cushions Jeneta... so good to have found a use for the first one!


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