When is a deer not a deer?

20 Apr

IMG_2631When it’s a cushion, of course.

Happy Easter campers. I hope your cup overfloweth with chocolate.

It’s a bit of a cop out really, blogging about sewing cushions when I’ve some perfectly good ‘garments’ to write about. A large part of that is due to my loathing of being photographed, something I will just have to get over I suppose…

And so, a little bit of frenetic Good Friday sewing activity of the soft and squidgy variety: cushions! First up was the new cover of the neck sausage – the Ikea mini bolster cushion – that fits conveniently behind my rather wobbly and often very painful neck. A very good friend of mine, known to my children as Movie Mate, gifted me a fat quarter of a rather splendid print, just the right amount of fabric to make a new cover. It’s ace. It’s a carton strip of Quilt Girl, who bears more than a passing resemblance to Velma of Scooby Doo fame, if you ask me.

Linda, a mild mannered assistant, not janitor

Linda, a mild mannered assistant, not janitor

IMG_2637Anyway, I wanted to remind myself how to pipe a cushion, as it had been a while; shame I didn’t pick an easier shape than a CIRCLE. Second end is better than the first, but the end result is just dandy. I’ll gloss over the “adventure” I had with the open ended zip, removing the pull like an eejit when I’d just sewn it in…

All this piping practice came in handy for cushion number two. This is to be a gift for the son of one of my most favourite people in the whole wide world. He turns 18 on Wednesday and is off to study photography in Falmouth next year. This should be something for him to vomit over as he sees fit; I took a great deal of care and it came together well, the best of the three.


Last up was a cushion, for my children. I love this blue fabric with the groovy deer wearing specs. I have a bit of a thing about deer, so don’t be surprised if you see them popping up from time to time. I used up some ready bought navy bias binding that I already had, but it was much narrower than the purple I used for the camera cushion and therefore far more expletive-inducing. You sew and learn.


So that’s it. If anyone out there reading this can point me in the direction of a tutorial for piping something in the round, that would be fab.

Cushion pads came from Furnish NK at the bargain price of £2.25 per 12 x 18 inch feather pad; p&p was a little steep at £6.99, so I ordered four pads to make it worth my while. The deer and camera fabric both came from modes4u in Hong Kong and arrived impressively quickly.

Sewing cushions may not be the most exciting or challenging of projects, but a little bit of instant gratification when you’re feeling a bit meh was just what was needed.




4 Responses to “When is a deer not a deer?”

  1. Caroline Joynson 18/05/2014 at 3:04 pm #

    I love that Deer fabric – its so cool.
    It was really lovely meeting you yesterday and hopefully if there is another bloggers gathering we could meet again too. I hope you bought some nice fabric from Goldhawk Road and I am looking forward to what creative things you will make out of your selection. Any plans for your next makes?
    Caroline (CJ Made)

    • Panda Face 18/05/2014 at 7:00 pm #

      Hey Caroline!
      Yesterday was tops – and so lovely to meet you too. I admire your willpower in sticking to your plan but am definitely up for a Goldhawk Road re-match. Janet (http://kitchentablesewing.blogspot.co.uk/) and I shopped well, with some method in our spending…I’ve just finished a SBCC Tonic Tee today – a really great free pattern that hope to blog about soon. Looking forward to reading your blog from start to finish!
      Claire x

      • Caroline Joynson 18/05/2014 at 10:02 pm #

        Loving the sound of the SBCC Tonic Tee – I def need to dive into knit fabrics this summer and see how I get on – do I need a ballpoint needle?

  2. Panda Face 19/05/2014 at 7:05 am #

    Go for it – I can sew with knits, you will breeze it! I use a jersey/ballpoint needle and a stretch twin needle for hems.

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