Wednesday, 16 November 2011

The wonderful thing about this time of year is that we all get to plan how we spend the holidays with the kids. If you're looking for a project, or just some inspiration, why not try this nifty cushion? Can also make a great gift!


What you need:

- Plate
- Felt
- Tailor's Chalk
- Rotary Pinking Cutter
- Cutting Mat
- Needle & Thread

Getting started:

1. Using a plate as a template, trace a circle on a felt piece with tailor's chalk.
2.From the outside edge, draw a 2-inch-wide (5cm) spiral into the center of the circle.
3. On a cutting mat, cut along the line with a rotary pinking cutter.

3a. When you're finished with step 3, your cut fabric should like Step 3a above. Note the circular center. This will be important when you begin to construct your rose.
4. To start your flower, fold the circular center of the spiral up and over. Secure the base with several hand-sewn stitches in a matching thread.
5. Complete several centimeters of running stitch along the spiral. Holding the thread, gather your fabric and secure it to the flower's center. Continuie stitching, gathering and securing until you have a rose. Finish with a simple whipstitch and trim off the leftover felt.

6. Repeat steps 1 through 5 to construct a second, smaller rose from your trimmed leftover felt. Secure the felt roses to the pillow.
7. For the stem and leaves, hand-stitch small wooden beads to your pillow fabric. DIY Tip: Save time - and your fingers - by hot-gluing a strand of fun beads to the pillow. A simple running stitch of embroidery floss or pearl cotton is a great alternative to beads.

For more projects like this, click here. And don't forget that all the materials, equipment, notions and ideas you need for this and any other project you start this holiday are now available from your nearest Fabric & Textile Warehouse. Pop in to your nearest store, call the Golden number on 0861 322 839 (FAB TEX) or email us at

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