Mary's owl cushion08:00
Anyone remember waay, waaaaaay, waaaaaay back when I did a covert robin swap and sent Mary an owl cushion & some wrist warmers? No? Oh well, this'll be more interesting for you then! I found the pics I took of when I made the cushion. Hurrah!
I basically did what I said I did for the owl appliqué pouch but I've taken the photos, so I might as well show them to you now!
I popped some fusible fleece on the back of the owl's body & used jumbo ric rac for his belly feathers.
I even stitched the ric rac with wiggly stitching!!
For the eyes I used two buttons, I stitched through the base one a couple of times, then laid the smaller one on top and stitched on through both a few times, securing at the back.
Next I basted some felt onto the back of my owl patch and laid my owl where I wanted him to be ready to stitch him down.
I went all around his body with a small zig zag in a green thread to match the body.
And stitched on his felt nose (beak?) by hand.
Next I stitched on his wings with a straight stitch.
Then I used some scrap squares to make up some side & top strips and stitched those onto my owl panel.
Added some brown borders to make it the size I wanted.
Then for the back I used some olive green ticking and made an envelope back. I folded enough over so that I'd have a nice wide band for some buttons & button holes. I always think envelope backs without buttons tend to gape slightly.
I used the fancy round ended button hole stitch (pre set in my machine) this time, but when I actually cut it, it didn't look too much different to my regular straight buttonhole!
I did three buttons on the back, and used these lovely wooden ones that I had in my stash. They may have come from my nan's stash?
Then I put the two back pieces together and laid them on the front, stitched round all of the sides. I think I overlocked the edges then, but I don't have a photo so can't be sure!
Tadaaaa, one finished owl cushion which Mary has given a good home now!
And because I really enjoyed making it, I made another in teals & reds for my friend in Australia Dee! I made her cover a tad smaller so the cushion would fit more snugly.
I think in the bottom of that last photo is evidence I did overlock the edges of the brown owl cushion! Hurrah, the mystery is solved!