Thursday, 31 March 2011

Mother's Day gift

I've managed to finish the applique elephant cushion for Mother's Day well ahead of schedule (it's Mother's Day here in the UK on Sunday). 

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out - I changed the layout slightly than that suggested in Sew Hip magazine, and added a large heart to the middle.  This was the first time I've done a project with so much hand appliqued parts - and I even had to look up a You Tube video to remind me how to do blanket stitch!! (I had one of those moments where your mind goes completely blank!). 

This elephant (above) is probably the neatest one in terms of the blanket stitch - it was the last one I did so I'd had plenty of practice by this time!  I used 9 different fabrics - 1 elephant in each fabric (and the heart) and then also did an ear out of each fabric and then swapped the fabrics round so the fabric of the ear is different to the fabric of the body. 

I used 3 different coloured threads for the appliques - pale yellow, green and orange.  I appliqued the ear and body of each elephant in the same colour. 

I appliqued the heart with white and added 4 buttons around it.  I added a big square of thin wadding behind the cushion front as the pale yellow backing fabric is pretty thin and the wadding gives extra cushiony-ness.  The buttons hold all these layers together (along with a backing layer behind the wadding). 

The back of the cushion has an envelope style opening and I made this using 2 of the fabrics which were also used on the front -

The top fabric (yellow with stars) was the other half of the baby bed sheet that I made my quilt binding from.  A cheap £4.99 sheet has gone far!  You may also notice splashes of 'Sunkissed' fabric in there too, I had a few scraps which were perfect to use up for little elephants and their ears. 

For the eyes I used some metalic thread I had (it's a nightmare to sew with though so I don't use it too often or for any large amount of sewing).


  1. Love it! Happy Mothering Sunday!

  2. Wow! I looked through a few of your posts and you are an AMAZING seamstress! I am so beginner, I just totally oohh and aahh at people like you!
    PS-Thanks for stopping by my blog!:)

  3. It looks brilliant and such a lovely gift. All of that hand applique must have taken ages.
    Totally agree about metallic thread too!

  4. That's lovely. It's even prettier than the magazine version. Great fabric choice!

  5. Love the Elephants, Soooooo adorable!
    I'm your newest follower!! <3<3<3


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