Well, if you’re a crafter hooked onto Pinterest (and Twitter) like I am, you have certainly noticed that in the last couple of weeks, the amount of “Pins” and “tweets” mentioning Christmas have exploded.
Crafters all over the world certainly know Christmas is coming. And they are getting ready for it.
I actually need to thank those worldwide crafters for all the Christmas reminders, because being “Down Under” for the first time in my life, where Spring is in full swing (well, except today. Today, Spring was on strike), Christmas doesn’t jump to my mind. Spring didn’t use to mean “let’s get ready for Christmas” until about last week, really.
As I was going through my pile of WIPs, I pulled out this cushion top I had started LAST Christmas. It was already sewn and quilted. Really, it just needed a back.
This is a really simple disappearing 9-patch, with an even simpler quilting: just straight lines 1/4 inch on both sides of seams. I’m sure the whole cushion top took about 30 minutes to complete.
And then, it took me 10 months to finish it.
The back is a very straightforward envelope back. The overlap is about 3 inches, which is plenty for this little cushion: the finished cushion cover is about 13 inches, perfect to fit in a 14 inches cushion form to make a plump little thing.
I thought about making a nice binding, but I just couldn’t be bothered! Instead, I laid my cushion top and back right sides together and stitched all around using a 1/4 inch seam. I trimmed the corners and turned the whole thing inside out. I then topstitched all around, again using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. I love the look of this finishing, I think it looks quite smart for the amount of work involved!
The whole thing was made with leftovers from last year advent calendar (with very rough tutorial / pattern), which I can’t wait to put to use again this year.
Christmas can come now, I am ready. Bring it on, Christmas BBQ, pavlova and beach! HA!