Sunday, 1 December 2013

Happy December and one more birthday cushion

Happy December!

The Christmas music is in full swing in our house.  The outdoor lights got installed yesterday, the table napkins got switched from fall to winter and all the Christmas decoration boxes are in the living room, ready to be opened later on today, after we do what many families do on the week-end: kids sports activities and birthday parties!

A sweet little girl is turning four today, so I went to my go-to gift and made her a personalized cushion of course.  I was getting a little tired of the pink and purple colour scheme so I called the parents for help: What is her bedroom colour?  Purple.  Any accent colours?  I don't even need to tell you, you guessed it.  After debating for two weeks (way too much, I mean it's just a pillow!), I went for simple squares in lots of bright colours in simple graphic designs.  And just a tiny bit of pink and purple.

The name is actually free motion quilted, though I marked the spaces between the letters to make sure I would make full use of the room I have without running out of space.  The name is a little too low, but by the time I realized it, it was too late.  For quilting, I went with loops and double loops.

It was a breeze to make...not!  I made it for a 14" pillow form which is what I thought I had, only to realize the day before it was due that I only have 16" pillows left.  That called for some last minute design changes.  Even so, it is still a bit too small.  Here's what the back looked like when I first put it in:

Oops!  There was no time to rush to the store to get a smaller pillow form, and I did not want to mess with the form by trying to make it smaller.  So I took a big breath, and stuffed it as best as I could.  Happy to report it is holding up well now.  Man, that Velcro is some strong.

So off to the birthday party we go.

Happy December everyone.  I can see a Christmas tree forest in my living room later today.


  1. I love that you make pillows for your kiddos' friends. Such a thoughtful, useful gift. The fact that you personalize them takes them to another level!

  2. That's an awesome gift! Love it.

  3. What a unique gift! Great idea, I love making gifts for my daughter's friends too.

  4. Darling pillow and such a nice gift, one to be treasured each time used. Oh how nice you have your Christmas decoration almost done!


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