How exciting today when my lovely friend Jean set about making my cushion ‘prototypes’ out  of the fabrics i have designed. This one is called ‘Hearts and Squares’ and was originally designed for children’s wallpaper, but all the while i was thinking that it would be better as fabric – and here we go…with a little cushion to show!

The first of many ‘Jaminosh Designs’ cushions – courtesy of the lovely Jean!!

 

The cushion is sized only 14 x 14″ as i wanted to be able to display a collection  of 6 at the graduate show  (2 of each design) and would struggle a little if they were too big. I decided to ask Jean to make them with an overlapping flap at the back where we could insert the cushion and also to save her time putting zips in (or so i thought!!) – the first one ( the one pictured above) went well, however i was in charge of cutting out all the fabric for the remaining cushions – and soon found out i had cut the backs out wrong (uh oh!!) and so now all the remaining ones will have zips in!! – i don’t think i would get a job as a sewer….. mind you Jean has kindly offered to ‘teach’ me how to sew over the summer ( i havent told her that i think it would take several summers to teach me, but i will give it a good go that’s for sure!!!)

So i now know that if you are making a 14 x 14 cushion – with a flap, you would cut the fronts 15 x 15, and the back 22 x 15, which you would then cut into 2 pieces of 15×10 and 15 x 12!! …hmmmm, it is all a big learning curve, next to learn how to put a zip in..then there will be no stopping me! :0) Sewing ‘should’ be in my blood, and i am sure it probably is somewhere as my grandma was a tailoress and seamstress and my grandad was a master tailor, so i am wondering what they must be thinking watching me doing this? Lets hope they will be urging me on!

The lovely Jean with her newly made cushion!! 🙂