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Sewing Gorgeous Cushions

I do believe I am a cushion addict! It could be genetic because I remember my Grandmother had massive amounts of throw cushions on her lounge chairs. They are wonderful to hug, prop behind your back and they add a sense of comfort and warmth to your chairs and bed! 

When I was little, the many cushions Gran had were also good for making blanket forts, caves and anything else my imagination could conjure up. These days, I love cushions for more practical reasons, and I don't feel like you can ever have enough. They are great for changing up the look of a room, adding new life to an old chair or some style to your couch.

Cushion covers are also fun to make, as they are faster than larger projects like quilts, can often be made up from your stash (unless you are choosing new colours to go with your decor) and they are useful little items which means you can make lots and keep the spare covers in the cupboard when you need a change up! Cushion covers are also perfect gifts for any age.

I really enjoy making the Washi Fox cushion cover - the patchwork design allows for plenty of room for you to create your own unique look, with whatever prints and colours you fancy. The front of the cushion is also lightly padded, which adds an extra squish factor to your cushion. I personally love mixing a light solid or low volume print in between the prints, which makes the angles around the center block 'pop'. The back is an easy envelope style closure, which I prefer to a zipper. 

My friend Kellie from Sew Mimi K made the Washi Fox block into a beautiful baby quilt, and paired with a matching cushion and a Freckles the Fox doll, it makes a perfect new baby gift.

I love matching sets!

I have also made this design up and changed the center block for a completely different look. The cushion above uses my Miss Mouse panel design as the feature, and I have a couple of these available in the Dolly Henry store if you would like to make a cushion too. (It also makes a great little bag!)
You can get yours here.

There are so many options you can explore making your own cushions. Different print and colour combinations, adding different trims or stitches. Below is one of my favourite cushions, using my Dolly the Deer fabric design and an English Paper Pieced Hexagon flower in the centre, instead of the appliqued fox.

I also added a little detail to the cover with some ric-rac trim and embroidery. As I mentioned earlier, the front is lightly quilted and I found using some of the wavy decorative stitches on my sewing machine on the top and bottom pieces a fun, easy way to add further interest to the design. I also free-style quilted some crazy daisy flowers on the left-hand side.

I hope I have encouraged you to make some beautiful cushions for your own home!
You can find the Washi Fox Cushion Cover pattern in the Dolly Henry store here, I'd love to see what your interpretation of the design looks like!

Megan x

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