A few months ago I attended a Cath Kidston craft night to launch her new book, Patch. At the event we were given material to make a suffolk puff cushion and we started making suffolk puffs.
Over the festive season, I decided that I wanted to finish it off & set about sewing some more suffolk puffs. 81 to be exact. 81 circles of fabric. I had no idea how long it would take to sew them. Yesterday, I’d finished all my paid work so thought I’d complete the whole thing in the morning. I only had to make about 12 more puffs, stitch them together, make the cushion & attach the 9×9 rows of suffolk puffs.
Well, needless to say I didn’t have it finished by lunch! I was working on it from 8 until 5.30pm…and it still wasn’t done! I’d sewed the rows of puffs together & made the cushion cover. All I had to do was attach the puffs to the cover using slip stitch, which I hadn’t used before.
Technically, I was supposed to be working on a website this morning but I wasn’t going to leave the cushion sitting there – mocking me! So I’ve spent this morning attaching the top to the bottom. And it is finished! It looks pretty good. My cover isn’t exactly square so it isn’t sitting on the puffs at the correct angle but at this point, after this many hours, I don’t care! It’s finished and that’s enough for me! I had no idea that it would take this long to complete. This is why handmade products are so expensive. It took me over 10 hours to make. If I was to charge for this, my time alone would mean it cost £60.80. It’s a good job that I got the materials for free!
Back in September, reading my Cath Kidston magazine, I noticed the offer of a free craft night to celebrate the launch of Cath’s new book: Patch. Now I love Cath, I love craft but more importantly, I love free stuff. Thinking that it’d be booked up already, I gave them a ring. Lo & behold…I was in! I couldn’t wait.
The aim of the evening was to make a Suffolk Puff cushion cover & all the materials & equipment were going to be provided. Awesome! Having never made a Suffolk Puff in my life, I was hoping it was going to be easy.
Upon arrival, I was greeted by friendly staff, free drinks & snacks. We were all given time to look around the shop and take advantage of the 15% discount. We were also told to pick some free raffle tickets. Job done. Lets get our sew on!
On one of the tables were cute little red & white stripey bags. Inside these were all the things we needed to make our suffolk puff cushion covers, including instructions so that we could finish them off at home.
As it turns out, suffolk puffs aren’t tricky to make. You simply cut out circles from your chosen fabric, sew a running stitch around the edge, pull & secure. Job done. Then repeat about 40+ times until you have enough for your cover. I’ve yet to finish mine, despite the offer of £10 gift voucher for the first person to go back to the store with a completed one! I’m also deciding whether to keep the completed cover to myself or give away as a Christmas present so won’t be posting a pic of it until I’ve decided!
The time, as always with craft things, went really quickly. And I think I’m right in saying that the Oxford shop will be holding regular craft meet-ups for people to get together with their own crafty bits & pieces. This is a great idea. I love going to my Needles & Natter group so think that the craft group will be very popular.
As time started to go, the shop manager asked us to get our raffle tickets out. I opened mine up, got them in numerical order & waited. ‘Number 56!’. OMG. I only went & had number 56 and won the bloomin’ raffle! I couldn’t believe it. I never win things. And the prize was big. Very big. I opened it & discovered a sewing box filled with all things sewing. I was & am still am so overwhelmed by this. The only sewing box I have is the one I inherited from my Nana so this will come in very handy. Thank you so much Cath Kidston! You made my month!