Category: Crafty

Handmade Applique Cushion Cover

Poppy cushion

One of the blogs that I follow over on Bloglovin’ is Design Sponge. A few weeks ago I saw a lovely post on how to make a Spring Applique Pillow, using Liberty fabric. This really interested me as I had an old wool cushion cover that was in terrible condition. So I decided to have a go at making my own cushion cover. Making a cushion cover is one thing, but this one had added difficulty in that it required Wonderweb and applique – I’d not used either before so was a little apprehensive. I made sure I set aside plenty of time & got all the instructions together then set to work.

fabric chevron

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The cushion I needed to cover was 2″ bigger than the one in the blog post so I had to increase the cushion fabric and make about 4 more fabric chevrons. This was fine, as I had plenty of fabric, but did make for quite a lengthy applique process!

The Finished Article

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Poppy cushionEven Poppy approves! It’s by far the best thing I’ve ever made, with very few mistakes. I think that’s mainly to do with the instructions being so clear and me making sure I followed them to the letter. I might not be ready to join the Great British Sewing Bee, but my sewing skills are definitely improving! What do you think? Have you made anything recently?

91 Magazine

91 Magazine

There’s nothing quite like reading a magazine over a lazy breakfast on a Saturday morning, mug of tea in one hand, piece of toast in the other. This Saturday morning, why not give 91 Magazine a read? With great articles, beautiful pictures and bright Spring colours, you won’t be sorry you did!

91 Magazine

I love the colour on the front of the magazine and the pastel shades continue throughout. There are guides, tutorials, interviews and inspiration in bucket loads! I’ve already been inspired to make over our dining chairs & create a paper garland for my study! What are you waiting for?! Get over there & read it! And when you’ve finished reading that, be sure to check out the blog, Patchwork Harmony, for more great pictures and inspiration aplenty!

Pinterest Party – Bloggers Meet & Greet

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Last night I attended the Pinterest Meet & Greet party in London. Pinterest are working on spreading the Pinterest word here in the UK so invited lots of bloggers to a party in London. It gave all of us bloggers a chance to meet with other people, both from within our own blogging community and those who write about other areas of interest. Plus we got free food & drink – what’s not to love about that?!

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Upon arrival I was given a name badge & a goodie bag, which contained tokens for some very delicious looking cocktails & a Pinterest t-shirt! Awesome! Then I stopped by the bar to get myself sorted & grab a red wine. I met up with someone who I’d chatted with at the previous Pinterest event. We had a quick chat & he then introduced me to some other pinners. After talking about our blogs, I ventured off to have a mooch about. Here’s what I found: Sweets & flowers!

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FlowersThe Make Lounge were also there with a cake pop decorating stall & a shot glass decorating stall. After a while, we were given a talk by Evan Sharp, co-founder of Pinterest. His speech was really interesting, as he explained the background to Pinterest and how it’s grown over the years. It was really touching to see how a simple idea can grow into something so amazing!

Evan Sharpe

After a little bit more chatting, well it was a meet & greet, and finding out about some new changes to Pinterest it was time to head home. It was a lovely evening and I got to meet some great bloggers, The Magic Bean and Poires au Chocolat – well worth checking out their blogs & Pinterest boards!

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For more information on the work that Pinterest is doing in the UK, check back here or follow #pinitforwarduk on Twitter.

 

Pinterest Blogger Meet

Pinterest

Last week I was invited to a Pinterest event where they meet bloggers to discuss what we like, what we dislike & any features that we’d like to see. It was lovely to be invited and meet people behind the Pinterest team. I’ve been on Pinterest for a number of years now & I love it. I use for inspiration, collecting beautiful images and sharing things that I want! I also like seeing an insight into the different things that people like and it’s a great way of finding new designs, new styles and new craft projects.

PinterestI’ve discovered quite a few online shops & ideas from following people on Pinterest and it’s a great way to spend some time, looking at all the pretty things! And yes, I also have the app on my phone, for all those pinning emergencies!

At the gettogether with Pinterest, I met up with Edith and a few other bloggers. We chatted about things we don’t like, like the ‘Do you want to see your pin?’ box that flashes up after you’ve pinned an image – What is the point of that?! We also spoke about things we like, for example the recent change to the layout and the ability to analyse your boards. Then we spoke about the future of Pinterest. I had no idea that they were still quite a small company. As a long time user, I had imagined them being huge! But they’re still just a couple of people who are passionate about beautiful images and they’re keen to work with bloggers more. Hopefully, I’ll be working with Pinterest a little bit more in the future, which is fine with me! I am a huge fan of Pinterest and think everyone should be on there – share the pretty!