I had a special request recently for a lady who's granddaughters are big fans of camels and penguins. She'd seen my cute elephant applique cushions I made a little while ago and asked if I could create something similar but one as an camel and one as a penguin.
Hmmm, cue a lot of headscratching!
I'd never seen either done as appliques before so it took a long time before I actually worked out what I was going to do. I had an idea in my head, but getting it down on fabric was another thing!
I'm happy to say that once I actually started, it didn't take long before the results took shape and I was quite pleased with the end results.
Here are the two cushions -
I had a specific kind of image in mind for the camel, and eventually, I managed to get it looking 'just right'. I wanted something not too 'serious' looking, but cute!
I also thought if I put a 'blanket' over the camel's hump I could introduce another fabric, and also add some pretty trim. This cream trim has teeny pom-poms along it. I used a dark purple thread for the outlines, and a more visible zig-zag for the blanket edge. I added a pink button for the eye and also 4 heart shaped buttons on the corners for a bit of detail.
The penguin looks quite 'scrappy' (but in a good way I hope!) he/she also has buttons for eyes and the heart shaped buttons at the corners. I added zig-zag quilting detail to both cushions using the rainbow thread that you can see in more detail here.
For the back of the cushions, I had a bit of a brainwave! Just for something different - I bought some lovely bright pink flowery fleece -
Not a great picture, but you get the idea. Now the cushions are extra snuggly soft. I'll definitely be doing this for more cushions I make in the future - how great would these be on kids beds?
These cushions are Christmas presents, so I can't wait to hear what their new owners think of them!
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