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.
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 :)
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!
Completed Quilt + Backing
Trialing it in Coco’s room :)
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!
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! :)
Applique Cushion Front
Applique Cushion Back
As promised, a completed picture of all the elements for my latest commission to suit a yellow & grey, gender neutral nursery.
This commission contained a cot quilt, with a cushion and some bunting to match.
I am SO pleased with how this all turned out! I love the fabrics and the colours.
And in exciting news, it turns out baby has come 2 weeks early and it’s a girl! :)
A lot of us crafters either make items for commissions or to give as gifts, whether it be knitted, crocheted, quilted, sewn, or cross stitched wonderful things.
So I’m wondering … Do you give care instructions when you sell / gift things?
It’s something that has been on my mind lately, especially for commissions. Quite often I’m engaged by someone else to make an item as a present, so I don’t get to speak to or hear from the actual end user. When I sold my first quilt, I wrote a little hand written note just to say congratulations on their new addition, and to give them some simple care instructions for their quilt. I thought this was really important, as I wanted them to use their quilt and not be afraid of washing it, and I personally knew I would be a little afraid of washing it if I’d never owned a quilt before.
What I really wanted though, was some feedback from the client who engaged me to make the item. 95% of the time, my requests for commissions come through my Facebook page. Potential clients see my work and current projects on there, and I try and update it when I can without inundating people with things. As a teeny tiny small business, reviews are invaluable to me and my potential clients, so following up with people for reviews is always a high priority for me.
So, I decided to roll care instructions and requests for feedback into one postcard sized card that I now add to my items when they’re wrapped. It provides care instructions for quilts and cushions, and also asks people to leave feedback on my Facebook page if they would like to. I’d love to know what you think of them!
I had some new business cards made up in the same theme as the care instruction / feedback cards to add to my completed items when they’re gifted. My previous business cards didn’t actually say what Crosstitchery was all about (I know, so silly!) so I updated everything to have a small description of what I do; ‘custom quilts, cushions, cross stitches & decor,’ – I think that summarises Crosstitchery pretty well :)