Tuesday, 8 November 2011

The camel and the penguin

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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  1. I really love these two cushions, especially the one with the penguin. They look so warm with the fleece backs, perfect for this time of year!

  2. I've just read about you in Craft Seller!! How exciting for you!! :-D I remember reading on here that you were going to be in it, but ages ago and thought I'd missed it but I bought a copy today from Hobbycraft and there you were. You must be so happy!

    Love the cushions by the way, the camel is my favourite :)

    Luv Rhi x x

    p.s. thank you so much for your kind words on my blog. They really helped and was partly why I bought Craft Seller in the first place :) x

  3. These are so cute! Great job on the appliqué, I love the penguin, going to make try one myself!

  4. I adore these cushions, so cute and girlie, I've been following your blog and you've got me feeling all inspired to get sewing, so I've done my christmas list for Santa Cant wait until Christmas morning.
    Take Care - Ju x

  5. These cushions are so adorable. I will have to make one for a swap and this is such a great inspiration. Thank you for sharing. :)

  6. There really sweet, I'm sure the girls will adore them :)

  7. How sweet and snuggly!!! I love the sneaky little bit of ricrac on them! :-)

  8. They're fab!!! I've been dying to see how they turned out since you first mentioned you were doing them! I love the trim on the camel, that's such a great detail! :)


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