Taggie Blankets + Baby Shower Cushions

So I couldn’t help myself; rather than working on items for Coco I’ve made some taggie blankets and cushions for girlfriends who have babies on the immediate horizon, and had baby showers over the last 2 weekends.

I haven’t worked with minky before but I was super keen to give it a whirl. I’ve heard it’s a very slipper fabric to work with which is why I haven’t tried using it as a backing for a quilt yet, and my gosh, minky really does like to slip and side everywhere!

It’s also the first time I’ve made taggie blankets and it was such a fun process. I used Cassie’s tutorial (find it here) to step through it, but it’s a pretty easy process really. I made mine 8 x 8″ so it’s really a travel type taggie blankey.

The first cushion I made was a bunting cushion with an applique on the front, along with a coordinating taggie blanket. This cushion is for a baby girl, and I used  a very cute pastel based animal fabric for the bunting flags, back of cushion and back of the taggie blanket. The applique and binding was done in a very light, sweet green.

The second cushion and taggie blanket I made couldn’t be more opposite! This is for a boy whose parents love anything Star Wars / superhero / Pokemon related. I was able to utilise various Star Wars fabrics that I had in my stash from completing this cushion, and used a disappearing 9 patch quilt block to create the final look. I’m really pleased with how this turned out, as I personally love the punches of red and yellow throughout the top.

I’m excited to give the Star War cushion and taggie blanket to my girlfriend this weekend – I can’t wait until she opens it, because I have a feeling she’s going to be over the moon!

Now that I’ve got these out of my system, I’m moving onto items for Coco including a gender neutral baby mobile, and of course, a quilt and cushion for Coco! I’ll be cross stitching an adorable fox pattern which I’m going to sew into Coco’s cushion. I’m thinking of using a jelly roll for Coco’s quilt so I’m in the process of finding some jelly roll quilt tutorial inspiration, as I haven’t used one before!

I’m really looking forward to making some handmade items for our bundle of love.





Finito! – Irish Inspired Quilt

So this is my final completed commission before Coco arrives – an Irish inspired personalised quilt. My client sent an emblem they wanted to use as colour inspiration for the quilt; the colours were navy, light blue, white and grey. My client wanted to add a name, and 3 applique animals to the quilt to reflect the pets the family own.

She wanted a simple design, so we stuck with a straight forward checkerboard pattern with feature fabrics to reflect the animals. Boy themed feature fabrics were used for back of the animal applique. I stitched a rabbit, dog and cat :)

Animal Applique

I used Irish type lettering for James’ name, and I love how it turned out – the light blue really contrasts against the navy. The quilt was finished with white polka dot binding, and the backing was a simply grey star fabric. My client request that stars were added into the quilt somehow, so when I saw the grey flannel fabric I knew it would work perfectly. I stitch in the ditch quilted it to create the checkerboard pattern on the back of the quilt.

Here it is in all it’s glory!

The finish of this commission means I’m now able to start on some pieces for Coco! At this stage, I’ll definitely be sewing up a quilt and most likely a cushion, I just haven’t decided on the design yet .. The possibilities are endless!

I’d also love to try and make some shelves and a mobile for Coco’s room, so we’ll see how that goes – I’ll be sure to keep you updated!


Tada – Applique Cushion

Latest completed commission is a pretty adorable personalised applique cushion for a baby girl. My client stated she wanted something girly, but not overly so, so no huge use of pinks or purples. Once I saw this fabric range, I knew we we were onto a winner as it’s feminine and girly, but subtle.

There wasn’t too much scope for this commission, just that Stella’s name be on the front of the cushion. I kept the pattern quite simple to show off the fabrics, and had fun adding ric rac to define the edges of the pink rectangle. I also like having different textures on cushions for young children, so the ric rac was a double win.

I kept the back simple with applique hearts and more ric rac to tie in with the front, and used fabric within the range for the binding also.

I’m really happy with how this one turned out, and so is my client which is the main thing! :)

Star Wars Cushion – Finito!

My latest commission is a Star Wars inspired cushion for a baby shower – the mother to be loves Star Wars, and her thoughtful girlfriends decided to have a cushion made specially for her and her new baby!

I had such fun making this one. I personally haven’t seen Star Wars, so I’m obviously not a huge fan, but I love people who are passionate about their interests, and I can’t help but get swept up in the wave of their excitement.

My clients decided to put, ‘The force is strong with this one,’ on the back as the personalisation, which so darn cute! No doubt the mother to be will love their thought and effort they put into this gift.

I chose to do a bit of a change of standard chevron with solid red, yellow and black. The surrounding fabric is licensed Star Wars fabric, and is really colorful (though you can’t see that in the photo).

The back is also licensed Star Wars fabric, and I appliqued the letters with red so they’d really pop against the black and white.

I’m really happy with how this one has turned out, and I hope the mother to be loves it too!

Erin x


Bunting Cushion – Finito!

I quickly just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who originally followed my blog for craft completions, and has instead seen my BBG / fitness posts lately. I really appreciate you staying with me. BBG has been life changing for me and I can’t help but share my recaps / progress / advice & tips – fitness is now as big a part of me as crafting is! Anywho, onto my latest completed commission!

Bunting Cushion Montage

Here’s my latest completed commission – a bunting cushion for a brand new baby girl! I have to say, this is probably one of my favourite commissions. My client requested pastel colours to match the nursery, and I adore the colours that I was able to pull.

IMG_0675I’ve always wanted to try a bunting cushion or quilt, and when my client asked for whimsical, I thought bunting would suit the theme.

I decided the 4 colours would be the bunting, so I started by creating a cardboard template. I followed the way I would usually make bunting (check this post here for instructions).

Bunting Cushion (3)Once the bunting was completed, I arranged them to look like a string of bunting, and as I wanted to leave the flags loose, I top stitched the top of the flags to the cushion top. I then overlayed ric rac, pinned, and then top stitched twice to ensure the ric rac was secured. This commission had an personalised applique for the cushion front, so I added stabliser and used a blanket stitch to applique the name to the cushion top.

I decided the back would be 2 lines of bunting, and completed this the same way as the front – top stitch the flags to the back, and then top stitch the ric rac over the top line.

I added a lapped zipper (instructions / advice here). As the front was a cream, you could see an outline where I had either 2 layers of fabric, or the stabliser behind the applique. I wasn’t happy with this finish, so I added another layer of white fabric behind it. I added this to the top with a 1/4″ seam. For the back I had to make sure I left a gap for the zip to pass through.

Bunting Cushion (1)

Double Layer Fabric – Gap for Zip to Pass Through

This was almost going to be the finish of the cushion, but I decided it needed more colour and thought adding binding would finish it perfectly. I made some binding out of the coral and turquoise fabrics, and it’s the perfect finish to this cushion I think.

I’d love to know your thought so on my latest commission. It’s been delivered to my client who loves it – I’m so happy to hear her feedback!