Aloha and good morning, readers! Today we digress ever so slightly from the world of dressmaking and bring you a quick and easy DIY project to dress up your home - plus a Giveaway! One lucky lady or gent will win three whole metres of our delicious and delightful Eloise fabric (including free shipping to wherever on the Earth you happen to be), all you have to do is leave us a comment below telling us what you would do with the fabric if you won. The comment that inspires us the most will be crowned the winner.
*Entries are now closed - Congratulations to our winner Diana, who said, "The only obvious use for this sweetly terrifying fabric is a sweetly terrifying get up — some kind of Stevie Nicks meets Maleficent meets Alice post-Wonderland. Some combination of revealing and girlish, maybe with some surgary pink leather thrown in for good measure…! A 3/4 sleeved Georgia crop top, perhaps? And either a sweetly pleated skirt, or shorty-shorts like Papercut’s Rite of Spring? Hmmm…." Can we hold you to that and ask to see pics when you're done?? Sounds truly magnificent...Three metres of Eloise are on their way to you! We also have a runner up - we couldn't resist - Alice, we're sending you a metre for your cat teepee!*
So, what would we do with Eloise? Well, as I'm sure you can imagine, that is one long list... But we've been wanting to make some cute little heart shaped cushions for the longest time, and Eloise's fierce flower monsters presented us with the perfect opportunity.
You will need:
- About a metre of a light-medium weight cotton - the cotton poplin Eloise is ideal for soft furnishings as well as general dressmaking.
- Pillow stuffing - we used leftover scraps of fabric to fill ours, specifically scraps of soft knit fabrics. Avoid scraps of medium-heavy weight wovens as this will just make your cushion lumpy and crunchy. You can also buy pillow stuffing, or just open up an old cushion you have lying around. Just make sure that whatever you use to stuff your cushion will need to be fully washable, as we are not making a removable cushion cover.
- Fabric marking pen or tailors chalk
- The usual sewing supplies - sewing machine, shears, pins, hand needle and matching thread.
Mark out your heart shape directly onto the fabric. If you're planning to make a bunch of these - and they do make excellent gifts! - it would be wise to make a paper pattern to reuse again and again.
This is not an exact science by any means, so simply draw out a heart shape that looks good to you, and the size that you want. Bear in mind that you'll need to allow for seam allowance, and try not to make the V-dip of the heart too acute as this will make it harder to turn out to the right side once it's been stitched.
Cut out two identical hearts.
With right sides together, pin your hearts around the edges ready to be stitched.
Stitch your two hearts into place, leaving an unstitched gap about 2" wide. This is where we'll be inserting the stuffing.
Trim away any excess seam allowance, and snip a notch into the seam allowance at the V of the heart.
Turn your cushion cover out to the right side and press. Also press in the seam allowance at the opening.
Time to stuff! How much you stuff is up to you, but generally speaking, avoid the temptation to over-stuff. You want your cushion to be soft and comfy, not bursting at the seams.
When you're done stuffing, pin the opening closed.
Thread up a hand sewing needle and close the opening by hand with a blind slip stitch.
Now over to you - what would you make with Eloise??