Category Archives: Cushions

Putting an end to chaos

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Early November I showed the chaos on my table, and now I’m very happy to say that most of those projects have now been finished. In the picture above you see three of them. Two scarves with roses and the black cardigan.

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This is how just one scarf looks. I really don’t know how many of these I’ve made by now, but they still give me so much joy.

The cardigan is finished too; making it was not that joyful, but wearing is!

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This is what it is; just a plain, black cardigan. I can’t make it any prettier than this. But it is just perfect for me. The pattern is Weekend Walk.

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And the last finish of the lot are these two scrabble pillow covers. Because English is not my mother tongue, it isn’t too easy to play scrabble. So I see it as a kind of exercise to make these, and besides that, it is just a lot of fun.

Well, that ‘s it for now. I’m finishing a pair of mittens, but that’s for next time. Leaves me to wish you very happy holidays!

Groetjes, Dorien

Cushions for the kitchen

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About 3½ years ago I made a pair of cushions for the kitchen bench. But I wasn’t really smart, because I made them with beautiful cotton whicht was meant to be used for clothes. So after sitting on these practically every day, you can imaging how they are looking now. Time for new ones.

This time I bought fabric which is much sturdier so hopefully they will last a bit longer.

First I finished off the edges with the serger. This fabric is woven so it ravels terribly.

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Next step was to cover cord to make a piping. I cut strips of 1.5 inch (4 cm) and stitched the fabric folded over the cord. I used a zipper foot to stitch as closely to the cord as possible.

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Then everything was ready to put the covers together.

I made a blind zipper on the back.

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The cushions are finished and I’m very happy with them. But the bench does need something extra. So I guess one of my next projects will be to make matching pillows.

Groetjes, Dorien

Fancy a game?

 

First I want to thank you ladies for your comments on my previous post. It had been such a long time, and then to see ‘familiar faces’ again, is heartwarming.

It has been a while, but finally I have something new to show you.

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The pillow cover I was working on is finished. It is not first time I made a ‘scrabble’ pillow, (you can find the other one here ). And because of all the nice comments on it, I decided to give it another try, but this time for the shop.

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I found a beautiful linen fabric which gives the pillow a more natural look, and I made it square (18×18 inch), so a little bit smaller. And of course, this time all the tiles are in English.

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On the back a simple closure with buttons.
It was so nice to be back at the sewing machine.

Groetjes, Dorien

Gift for Son #2

Hello! How was your weekend? We had a wonderful time. On Friday evening we celebrated ‘Sinterklaas’, with lots of laughs and a lot of presents. Everyone has been spoiled with the most wonderful gifts.

The bag for his tripod I showed last Friday, was appreciated very much by my son. For son #2 I made something completely different. He has a kind of daybed in his room, where he spends a lot of time, either gaming or reading, or just lying there, with all his pillows around him. And he doesn’t only like computer games, but also old-fashioned board games. So how about a game of Scrabble?

Lots of tiles and of course a board:

Made into a pillow!

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The ‘tiles’ were stitched onto the ‘board’.

Maybe it seems odd that the letter- and word worth tiles are in Dutch, and the words put on the ‘board’ are in English, but that is how we play the game lately; for practicing English vocabulary, it is a great game to play and we both find it very hard to do.

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The words used are either describing my son, or encouring words we all need to hear sometimes.

Son was very happy with his pillow, the only thing he would have liked more, was if the tiles weren’t stitched on, so that he could actually play Scrabble!

Groetjes, Dorien

Happy Colours Galore

As promised I have collected pictures from the wonderful projects that have been made with the circles-in-squares pattern I made for my Happy Colours Blanket.

Of course there are a few beautiful blankets made:

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Love the randomly chosen colours of both smaller and larger circles, as well as the placement of the circles.

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In opposite to the other projects, here was chosen for a limited amount of colours, and some circles ar made with just 1 shade, others with 2, and the larger circles sometimes with 3. Simple but stunning.

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Only small or only large circles: the difference is huge, but I like that in both blankets the colour choices are seem tho be thought through very carefully.

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2 Square blankets, one with a very straight alignment, the other with the circles scattered around. One pale, one bright. And yet, somehow these blankets look as if they belong together.

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This blanket too is made with a limited amount of colours, but the look is very bold and bright too. It shows that with only 2 different large circles a blanket can become this beautiful.

And then there are some very special projects:

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How cute is this? A very warm welcome into the world I think.

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A smaller project! Just a panel to cover a bag, made with selfstriping yarn. I can imagine a blanket may be a bit daring for a lot of people, but this shows how you can make a wonderful small item, with smart use of yarn and pattern.

Another project which isn’t too big: a cushion! In this case the large circle is in the corner, but it could be anywhere.

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The simplest idea I can’t show because the lady whose idea it was, didn’t give me permission to use her photo, but all she did was crochet the circles in different sizes, not make them into squares, but just sew them onto a pillowcover.

And the showstopper can’t  be anything else then Gordana’s beautiful Pouf cover.

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She was one of the first ladies who used the pattern, and what an amazing job she did!

I hope you enjoyed this little gallery of happy colours!

Groetjes, Dorien

A new Bench for the Kitchen

Hello, how nice of you to stop by. The sun is shining abundantly, so I thought it would be best to make this post now, still quite early in the morning, and then try to go outside as much as possible today. There is a lot of work to do in the garden, so I won’t be bored.

Remember the fabrics I showed last week?

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The renovation of our kitchen is almost completed and one of the new items is this lovely bench. Of course I had to make pillows for it.

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One side has a very bright floral pattern, the other side a more subtle light blue pattern with small roses. 

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In between a stripy fabric with colours of both sides.

It was the first time ever, for me to make a piping. But I’m very happy with the result. Not  too difficult, but it does need concentration.

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And one last picture with the table on its usual place:

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Groetjes, Dorien

Criss-Cross Pillow, tutorial part 2

Hello! Time to give you the second part of the tutorial for the Criss-Cross Pillow (first part can be found here). Today I want to show you how to make the top into a wonderful pillow.

First thing to do, is quilt the top. For the lining you can use any piece of fabric, although cotton would be best. Because I like my pillow covers washable, I used a washable batting.

Quilt any way you like, free motion, straight lines, particular motives, in the ditch; anything is possible.

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For this pillow I used a heavy linen fabric for the back, but this is again just as you prefer. Cut your fabric a little bit higher than your top, and about 8 inches wider. Make a seam at both ends, and cut it with one piece exactly have the width of the pillow. This is going to be on top.

On this side you can make buttonholes, or as I did, loops made of bias tape

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Now put both top and back on top of each other (right sides out!), and stitch.

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As you can see, I’ve zigzagged the seam. I like to do this, because then it is easier to attach the binding. It isn’t necessary though, and if you do, it doesn’t have to be too neat.

Next step is the binding. Cut strips of 2¾ inch, with a straight grain, and fold double.

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Sew your binding on, with the open side along the seam of the pillow. You work on the right side of the pillow. Stitch with a seam allowance of ¼ inch. Stop ¼ inch before the end. Fold the binding straight up,

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and fold it down, along the seamline.

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Stitch, starting at the beginning.

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This way you make all 4 corners. Close your binding and fold it to the back. Handstitch it.

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The corners are nice and tidy.

Next step is the closure on the back. Of course you can use colourful buttons from your stash, but I always like to make my own fabric covered buttons.

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Sew your buttons on and all what’s left is to insert a pillow!

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As I mentioned in the 1st part of this tutorial , I’ve made a pillow like this before. But with a few differences:

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The scraps used were overall just a bit larger, and accordingly, I made the white strips a bit wider, `1 inch. This means they are twice as wide!

And the back was made by quilted pieces:

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Instead of a binding, I sewed front and back panels with the right sides together. So, no binding needed.

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Groetjes, Dorien

Criss-Cross Pillow, tutorial part 1

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When you make patchwork, no matter if it is for large projects like quilts, or for smaller ones like pillows, you always have leftover pieces of fabric, which seem too small to use and too large to throw away.

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A few years ago I already made a pillow like this as a swap-gift, so with my boxes of scraps getting a bit too full, I decided to make a new one. And because it is such fun, I made a little tutorial for you.

This is what I used: lots of scraps in different colours and sizes, and an old white pillowcase. This white fabric had a few stains and soft spots, but it was large enough to cut around them.

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With the rotary cutter  cut strips of 3/4 inch wide. The strips have to be cut with a straight grain, because they are going to hold the shape of the pillow.
As you can see, some are quite small, and some are large. That is perfect, as long as you keep a few long ones to use at the end.

Then, just start sewing the scraps to the strips; it doesn’t matter what side you use, or what size the scraps have.

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Iron the seams in the way you prefer; this time I ironed them to one side.

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If you have an idea about the finished size of your pillow, you can go on making pieces like this, until you have the size covered.

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The next step is to sew the pieces together. It is important to make sure the coloured pieces are always sewn together with a strip in between. Especially on the sides of the pieces this can be tricky.

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I made seam allowances of 1/4 inch.

This way you make a lot of blocks, which become larger and larger as you sew them together.

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When the blocks become larger, you start ‘looking’ for long lines, to finish the top.

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And there you have it; a finished top:

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Next time I’ll show how to make this top into a pillow.

Groetjes, Dorien

And then there were 5

 

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How many pillows does one need? In my opinion you never have enough! So a new pillow landed on our sofa. Not really a new pillow, but the cover is new.

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Apologies for the bad picture; but here it shows how I made the closure. On one side I crocheted 10 rows of sc, on the other side 5 rows of sc and a final row of sc with little loops. Then I put these on top of each other and made 3 rounds of grannie stitches, and a final round of sc.

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2 Circles for both sides (with the same amount of stitches in the last round as in the final round described above), and finally crocheted together with slip stitches.

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And last but not least, a few colourful buttons:

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The funny thing I noticed making this cover, is the more colours you use, the less important it is how they match. If you use only a handful of colours, it is very important to choose the colours carefully, but making the squares I’ve tried to do it completely randomly; I put a cloth over my yarn, and with my hand I grabbed a new colour. Only if I took the same colour I had to put it back. And in the end I think it really worked.

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Maybe you remember the pile of fabric I  bought a few months ago; one of these fabrics was for a suit for my youngest son. It is finished, he already has worn it twice, and I do have a picture for you, but it isn’t a great pic and my son didn’t want his face on it.

I wish all of you a wonderful Christmas!!

Groetjes, Dorien

Circles of Flowers

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Isn’t this cheerful? A huge pile with new pillows. The circles are crocheted.

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It is just so much fun to use every colour in my stash, and to see what the result is going to be. For the circle with all the white, I initially had chosen fabrics in soft, pastel colours, but it would become far to sweet to my taste, so I made the cushion with turquoise and red.

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One pillow is made by 2 identical circles, crocheted together, the other one I’ve made used 1 fabric for the pillow, but embellished it with a cute ribbon.

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Because of all the space between the flowers, it is necessary to choose the right colour for the insert or the fabric the circle is sewn on to.

Of course the pattern is in the shop!

Groetjes, Dorien