Archive for the ‘cushions’ Category

It’s always nice to have a few spots to loll around on or sit if needed. We had a couple of floor cushions that needed covering, and so I finished these a few days ago.

floor cushion 1

floor cushion 3They are sized at 24″ X 24.” The back is simple envelope type with buttons to hold the edges together. I used upholstery fabric remainders mixing some Indian fabric with Echino leftovers. Best part? They’ll stand a good deal of washing and playing….

floor cushion 4floor cusion 2


And as summer comes we’ll find these to be more useful when gradually one shifts from from chairs onto cushions and finally to the floor!

On a totally different note….I started a cross stitch sampler and here is a little peek at it. The pattern comes from one of my all time favourite books. It’s slow going and will probably take the entire summer (which here will last until October!!) but I am enjoying the slow pace of it.

So what’s your favourite form of sewing when the weather gets too hot to sit at the sewing machine?

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so little

Alas! I have such little to show you. It’s been more than two weeks, since I have made anything. Lots of lovely guests and this and that, and I am itching to get back to the sewing table. But the days have been flying, and it is almost already middle of December. And in less than two weeks we hope to leave for our yearly winter vacation.

Last night I finished this cushion cover, mostly because I was desperate to make something that would lead to some immediate gratification. I had this idea in mind for a while, and one can never have too many cushion covers right?

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Trust me, I took my time with this as well. These little things which are really just two pieces of felt on top of each other and hand sewn to the front took forever for some reason.

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pillow closeup

The yellow linen I believe is from the Robert Kaufman line, and  and little pieces of felt are scraps (received from a friend). I had the idea of making these for a while from here, except that I used felt instead of linen for the decoration.

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So there. I hope this little project gets me out of current state and I get working on a few other projects lined up on my table.

Thanks for visiting. And I promise to be back soon.


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pillow for school

Last week N’s teacher asked me to cover a pillow that the children use in their “sleeping room.” N was delighted when she found out about this and couldn’t stop asking–“so didi has asked you to do this because you can sew?” and “can I choose the fabric?” and many more questions. Mostly I think she was excited because she could carry the pillow home from school for the holidays and then bring it back to her friends with a brand new cover.

So last evening, as she made drawings of the clothes she is planning to make for her dolls, I finished the pillow cover. heart pillow 2

heart pillow 3The fabric is recycled from an old top of mine. I just traced the pattern on the paper using the cushion insert and cut pieces accordingly. The cover has velcro opening (sorry no photos of that!), and I did the opening before cutting up the two heart shaped pieced and sewing them together. It was easier to do it that way, but I also underestimated the length of the opening required to stuff the pillow and so it needed a few last minute adjustments. And then of course, there is the little label of which you can catch of sight in the first photo.

N was over the moon when it got done. Usually not given to any excessively loving declarations, she told me that from now on when she misses me in school she is going to hug the pillow. Of course she doesn’t miss me in school (another declaration of hers :-), but never mind that.

Oh, and then a few moments later when M saw it, he told me of how it reminded him of the freaky heart pillow in this movie. Ha ha. Thereon, I couldn’t really look at the it the same way anymore!

Anyway. N, who has no such references is super happy.heart pillow 1

This one photo shoot certainly posed no problems for us!

Oh, and just because she asked me, here is a picture of all the dresses she is planning on making.

N's drawings

Certainly she looks more prepared from KCWC than me!


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Given how long I have been away for (more than a month now…) I might as well start a new blog, introduce myself and all that.

Seriously, I came back from Pune, now almost three weeks, all geared up to show what I have been making and all that, but now that was more than three weeks ago. And what took me so long to write? Well, the sad and the very tedious reason is that we had no internet.

Actually, this is not a fact that I mind in general. Or, rather, I should say that after going through some serious withdrawal symptoms, I kind of got used to it. Like in a life without cable TV, I realised that it created all kinds of free time and it wasn’t such a bad thing after all. But then, I missed writing my posts, if for no one else then for myself (I was pretty sure that by this time I have lost the few friends I have made through my blog.)

So. Anyway. Here I am, dear friends. If you have checked in a few times to see thank you for your patience. There is no revised or new version of me or anything, nor any profound reason for why I was away for so long. But thank you for dropping by.

It feels like too long ago, to tell all that I have been making and doing the last many weeks. But let me just start by saying that someone around here turned five a few weeks ago. While this happened only a little over two weeks we feel like it happened a long time ago, because the person is no longer constantly reminding us excitedly that she has “just turned five.” By now we take this fact for granted, and are almost looking forward to being five and half.

As a birthday present she got something very small, but something that she had wanted for a while.

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red clip 2

Two clips! The pink bow clip is a free pattern from here and was super simple to make. I didn’t do a great job with the hot glue gun but that’s ok as she nor anyone can see it.  The rose barrette is from here and took some fiddling but was worth the time and effort. red clip 1

pink clip 1N wore the barrette for her birthday and has been happily using both since.

Initially I had big plans to make N a dress and such, but those fell through partly due to my laziness in Pune. Actually this turned out to be a good thing. Because…

The weather in Delhi could not have been more different than in Pune. But no more “weather” talk because the only way for me to deal with Delhi is to not talk of the weather at all. So anyway, the good thing was that we came back and I realised that she just needed very very light clothing rather than any birthday-appropriate fancy frocks, or fancy anything for that matter.

And birthday or no birthday, she needed some pajamas. So one got done last week.red pants(Apologies for the not so nice looking shirt in the picture. Its from when some artwork got done…).

And here is one of the lovely toes with what I call the remains-of-the-summer-vacation nail polish.red pants closeup

The pattern is from here and they are called “sleepover pajamas.” (I only made the bottoms.) The fabric is very thin cotton from my favourite shop in Pune. It’s the first thing I have made for her in size 5, and while they are a wee bit long, she loves them. Cutting them and then making them I also felt a bit sad and like suddenly she had grown.

I would like to say that I just finished making them in under an hour or something, because it is actually possible to do that especially with the no ruffle version. But no, they took very very long, in part because I cut only one cuff per leg and could not, for the life of me, figure out the instructions. I entirely blame this matter on the fogginess in my head induced by humidity, but, as I said….no weather complaints.

So that’s why they look like bedtime story pajamas, but just for the record, they are not meant to be. I have to more on my sewing table and plans to make amends.

The other thing that got done in this no internet period is this.pillow frontI have been cutting up and saving the 2.5″ squares for sometime now to make this. The plan was to do it in Pune, and I even took the squares there, but then I already told you lazy I was in Pune right? So I got them back here. I have been trying not to save too many scraps of what is left over of the fabric after I cut it for something else like a dress, and so this little pillow was perfect. It has lots of remaindered fabric that got left back. And reminders too of what got made this last couple of months. N loves the pillow cover to see if she can remember what was made with what fabric and it has now become a kind of a game.

I wanted something nice for the back so that we can use both sides. So I used a remaining bit of Echino and did a simple button closure.pillow back 2

pillow closeupAs you can see the little cat likes it too!

Ok, that’s about all from me today. I can promise this time that I am coming back to post some more stuff really soon, because right now after this I am going to my sewing table to finish a few more things 🙂

See you all soon. Thank you for visiting.


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for V

Hello again, after a break much longer than I anticipated!

We ended up staying in Pune longer than intended partly due to lack of train reservations. But the trip was lovely–much relaxing and good eating was done by the parents (us), and N throughly enjoyed her time meeting new and old friends (the “social butterfly” that she is).

So, I am taking off again tomorrow for a short two day trip to see a dear college friend of mine. (I know I am coming across as someone with this very exciting jet set lifestyle, but really there is more to this than what it seems like and I intend to write about this very soon.)

But, anyway not to move away from the topic here which is one of sewing.  I want to show you what came of all that embroidery that I had been doing the past few weeks, and here it is! I finished it a few days before leaving for the Pune trip. But I didn’t want to write about this in my last post, because this one was going to a very special friend of N’s. Her mother (also N’s montessori teacher) asked me to make it in time for V’s birthday which was at the end of October and I thought it would be a good idea to wait till the recipient had her gift. Here is another picture of it:

It’s a really simple cushion cover measuring 16″X16″, with the birthday girl’s  name embroidered on the front and a bit of decorative stitching that goes around it. I used a lot of little bits of cloth to make it colourful and decorative.

 The back is more scraps and the cover closes with two lovely red buttons.

It’s the first time, I did the embroidery in “nagari”so that was a bit of a challenge. But I loved how it came together and while I may have complained a few times about how slow going the embroidery was, I am glad I decided to stick it out.

Cushion covers are usually my instant gratification projects, but I did a couple of things differently with this cover which I am really happy about. The first was to line it entirely, i.e both the front and the back. Then I did a bit of decorative stitching with the machine around the embroidery. I used French seams for the entire cover (sorry, no picture of this). And finally, and my most favourite thing was to put a special label inside with a message. I know that others may hold differing views on this one, and may find my love for label making and putting a bit excessive, but I am really in love with the idea of labelling and the possibilities that open up with this. A little peek to find a message, and to know that it is especially for someone special whose birthday it is can be pretty exciting. At least I think so.

But this is not the only thing that I have made for her in the recent months. So now to back track a bit…

About half a year ago, Amolika (V’s mother) commissioned a quilt for V. Since I like to use older pieces of fabric especially when making quilts for children, and Amolika was quite happy with the idea, I decided to use all that we could from V’s old clothes. Something that would remind V of her favourite clothing, and that which would stay with her as she got older.

The quilt measure 5’X7′ and is made up of whole bunch of 9″ squares. I used some new fabric, but at least half of the squares came from V’s baby clothes. The cream borders come from her father’s kurtas, and instead of batting I used Amolika’s sari as the in-between layer.

Finally the back has a really simply label (yes, I am quite obsessed with these), this time with V’s name in simple cross stitch. Amolika tells me that V loves the quilt, and I am really so happy. She has been a fantastic teacher to N when she started montessori, and I was first introduced to V by N as one of her “friends.” In fact, I think she is one of N’s first school friends, someone whom she met entirely on her own without any parental interference. I still see V once in a while because she now goes to the “big children school” as N tells me. But she is a sweet sweet child and it was a pleasure for me to make this for her. This is all from me today. Still, much to tell, and lots to show but more of that when I come back.

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Two days before we left for our trip I decided that it would be so much better to make rather than buy some gifts–especially for the kiddos. Not a bad idea in itself, but not such a great one 48 hours before boarding the plane.

The thing is that usually I do like to make stuff that I give other people. But this making requires a bit of thinking and planning, and this particular trip involved so much of planning that I gave up the idea of “making” early on. Or, rather, I outsourced some of the making and got some delicious biscuits from here.

But the children that we were going to meet on the trip still needed something, and I really should have bought. But…I did not look hard enough to find something that I liked. Instead I came up with this idea that I make something at the last minute–yes, two days before leaving.

And yes, that means everything from tracing the pattern, cutting the cloth and actually making the gifts. And that too something I haven’t made before. Madness!

I know a lot of people who are really good at this kind of stuff, getting their act together two minutes before they are out of the door. And really, while I might sound like that’s a bad idea I do envy these people. But I am not like that, and if I try it, everyone around me and I end up in a really bad mood right before leaving.

Still, this is what I did, here is what I have to show for it:

I apologise for the poor quality of the photos. They were taken “last minute” (needless to say) and I feel that the absence of a model makes them appear a bit flat.

The photos are however way better than what the sewing experience was like–a bit of a nightmare. In other words more than few things went wrong: like sewing the wrong sides together, getting the seams not exactly right, ETC. Nothing that could not be rectified, but really nothing that needed to be done at midnight. So despite having such a lovely and simple pattern to work with, the lack of much joy in this bit of sewing was entirely my fault and not of the pattern.

This one comes for as a free download available on the Oliver+S site. The fabrics I used for both are cotton that I got locally. For the blue frock, I decided to use a bias tape in place of a lace between the bodice and the skirt. It turned out well I think (despite the fact that I had to redo it twice).

But my favourite part (also because it didn’t need about twenty re-dos) was this one:

I have just recently started putting labels on the clothes that I make and I think this allows for a whole new bit of creativity. Here I used a piece of cotton ribbon and stamped it with my current favourite motif. I have tried something like this here on N’s clothes, and I am thinking that a whole lot can be done with this. But more on this soon!

Anyway, so that was the end of my last-minute saga. Not something that will be attempted anytime soon.

I am happy to say however that the gifts were appreciated, and that always makes me want to make more of the same.

And so, the day I got back from the day, this is what I did!–yes even before I had entirely finished unpacking.

The pattern is exactly the same, but I decided once again to pull something out of my half yard Japanese fabric collection. Can you tell it is from the lovely Nani Iro line by Naomi Ito?

Of course, given that I was not running on any kind of a tight schedule to make this one, and that I had made all the possible mistakes I could make already, this took all of about three quarters of an hour from start to finish!

Immediately worn and well appreciated too!

My only little complaint (not the model’s, and certainly not a problem of the pattern) is that I feel it is a bit too wide at her chest. N has a small chest and narrow shoulders. So depending on the pattern the chest can be a bit wide on her. Here I should have perhaps used a 3T or perhaps even 2T size with increased length. Well, something for me to consider for such kind of dresses with spaghetti straps.

And here is the  tag I put on the back. Just because I could not bear to waste any little bit of the absolutely gorgeous fabric.

And, finally there is one more thing to show, this time with N’s work in it. Here is what she made a little while ago and I put together.

A cushion cover!

We made this, specifically, she made the centre piece with a bit of felt that I cut up for her. While I have done this with strips of paper as a child, the genius idea of using felt to make this came from “eclectic mom” who did a guest post here. Really what I great idea.

The weaving is entirely N’s, and my job was to pin each strip in place once done, and push the strips up tightly next to each other. Once she got the hang of the weaving part we were done in about an hour. Not bad for a four year old!

I put the cushion cover together, again using fabric from my half yard Japanese fabric pile (perfect yardage for really simple cushion covers). So here is the back, really plain and simple.

As you can tell, the only thing that I did differently from the instructions on her blog was that I put in a cushion insert.

Also, I sewed the whole woven felt carpet to the top square of the pillow just to give it some more stability.

This one is certainly giving much joy around the house. Not only is it good to prop oneself up on, or to sit back and admire, but we can also do this:

I hope you have a lovely Sunday.

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