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.
Applique Cushion + Taggie Blanket
Back of Taggie Blanke
Front of Taggie Blankey
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.
Front of Star Wars Cushion
Back of Star Wars Cushion
Front of Taggie
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.
After some crazy mammoth stitching sessions, lots of knots in my shoulders and neck – this amazing Harry Potter sampler cushion is doneski!
Completed – Harry Potter Sampler Cross Stitch Cushion
I don’t usually like to toot my own horn, but how amazing does it look?!
Avid Harry Potter fans can find the pattern here. I absolutely adore the amount of detail in this pattern (I mean, check out that marauders map!) but by goly, this was a hard one to stitch, especially in the crazy time frame that I had.
Top Right Hand Corner – Harry Potter Sample Cross Stitch Cushion
Bottom Right Hand Corner – Harry Potter Sample Cross Stitch Cushion
Top Left Hand Corner – Harry Potter Sample Cross Stitch Cushion
Bottom Left Hand Corner – Harry Potter Sample Cross Stitch Cushion
I bordered the pattern in a 2.5″ teal fabric, and completed the cushion with eggplant binding. This is the first time I’ve made a cross stitch into a cushion and I found it really easy, just like stitching a normal cotton cushion. You can check out Tiny Modernist’s post if you need some help sewing a cross stitch cushion.
I have a whole heap of friends who are Harry Potter fans, and after adding this to Crosstitchery’s facebook page, I’ve received another 3 orders for the same pattern! I’ll also be stitching this adorable pattern for a new baby, due in November.
These commissions will all be started when Mr A & I get back from Japan – we leave in just 2 days! :)
I posted about my awesome Harry Pottery sampler WIP earlier which has now turned into a commission – yay!
I have to share what not to do when it comes to cross stitching, or any kind of craft project really .. DO NOT DO ANYTHING WHILST TIRED!
I repeat: Do not do (cut, stitch, glue, sew) anything whilst tired. Learn from my mistakes. For the love of God, do not do what I did on this WIP, otherwise you’ll spend nights trying to catch up and get back to where you were.
Let me explain …
I stumbled across the Harry Potter sampler whilst I was between commissions, and decided I wanted to work on it simply because I loved it. I cut out my aida, got to sewing, and I got as far as my progress shot in my previous post.
The next night I was working away, and went to count out the pattern again and my heart dropped. The pattern wasn’t going to fit!! I’d cut my aida too small when I was originally starting, and to add to that, I hadn’t centred my fabric correctly in my Q Snap frame when I first started. Realising that it wasn’t going to was truly heartbreaking. I was already worried that I’m not going to complete this in time due to the detailed nature of this pattern, then I had to go and make such a stupid simple error like that .. Truly heartbreaking.
So, please learn from my mistake and don’t do anything whilst tired. It doesn’t work out well!
I pulled 7+ hour sessions of stitching on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night and this is my progress so far. Those flags are so detailed; 2 of them took me over 8 hours! :| :|
Please keep your fingers crossed that I’ll be able to stitch this on time, especially as we fly out to Japan on the 21st of October – it has to be done before then!
I’ve made a start on this adddddorable Harry Potter cross stitch that I mentioned earlier, and thought I’d share a progress photo of my work so far. How cute is the detail in Harry, Ron and Hermoine?! I love Harry’s glasses and scar the most I think.
I popped this on my Instagram and Facebook page, and have had 2 orders for it already! I’ll be completing one relatively quickly (if I’m honest, I’m slightly worried that I’m going to run out of time .. I see many nights spent watching Harry Potter, and stitching Harry Potter in my future), and will be turning it into an 18″ cushion – stay tuned!