This year, quite early on, I decided I wouldn’t craft many Christmas presents. As it happened, by the time I usually get around to start on my Christmas crafting, I was about to pop and completely lacking my usual crafting mojo. Then, next thing I know, it was November and I was starting my quest for the perfect gifts for our loved ones. And I wasn’t going to make anything. Nothing. Nada. Yeah, right…
First, I made the album photo for my mum (she loved it, by the way). Then, I was told that a certain person would love a crafted present. And that they love hearts.
Now, there’s nothing terribly difficult about this cushion cover. The patchwork is made of 16 squares (12.5cm / 5in finished). I really wanted some low volume prints for the background. But guess what? I have 0 – ZERO – low volume prints in my stash. None whatsoever. So I went to my next favourite thing of the moment: greys.
To create the template for the hearts, I simply cut a 12.5cm paper square, folded it in half, traced half a heart slightly smaller, then cut it. I used this paper heart to cut all my fabric hearts. I chose not to use any kind of fusible web to help the appliquéing process. I first started to free hand machine embroidered the hearts, but hated the look of it.
So I hand embroidered 17 hearts (16 on the front, 1 on the back)
I’m very happy with how the whole thing turned out. The back uses bigger pieces of some of the greys. I added a lapped zipper to help removing the cushion inner (for easy washing). It’s quite a big cushion, 50 cm (20in) square. And the recipient liked it. Win!