Their dreaming buddy. Make a cushion with their name.
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What you’ll need to make your cushions:
- Thread type: sewing thread SY IKEA 100% polyester; Gütermann 100% polyester.
- Size of the cushions: 30cm. x 50cm. approximately.
- Fabric for the cushion cover: We’ve used loneta or cotton fabric. It’s a bit rigid but smooth, so it’s perfect as it won’t lose its shape and the touch is nice so the little ones can use it as a pillow if they want.
- Fabric for the decorations: felt that we’ll use for the shapes and letters.
- Sewing machine.
- Paper to make the templates.
- Pen or pencil.
How to make your cushions
There’s nothing better for a child than having their name in style. Colourful, striking or with the image or silhouette of their favourite character. Here we’ll give you the keys so the little one can be happy to go to bed every day with their favourite cushion.
The process is very easy and lets you use tons of colours, shapes and textures. You just need some time and imagination.
Once you’ve chosen the colours of the fabric and felt and the layouts you’ll be using the process to make the cushion is very easy:
- Step 1: Draw or print the letters you have chosen in a piece of paper. You have a couple of styles to choose from in Figure 1 and Figure 2. Using your scissors cut them out and place them, facing down, over the felt. Trace the letters with the pen or pencil so you transfer the shape onto the piece of felt. Cut the letters out. Repeat this process with the piece of fabric the letters will go onto (Figure 3). Remember to use the templates in the inside of the fabric, that way if there’s any trace of pencil or pen it won’t be visible when the pieces are put together.
- Step 2: Draw or print a template for the shape of the final cushion (Figure 4). Cut it out and place it over the fabric to trace it, the same way we’ve done it with the letters and the piece of felt. When you have the shape drawn onto the fabric cut it out, but remember leaving a 1.5cm of margin approximately so you have enough space for the seam. It’s important you are aware of the inside and outside of the fabric.
- Step 3: Let’s use the felt. Place the letters on the felt silhouette and secure them with a pin. Using the sewing machine sew them together. You can use different types of stitches: normal, zigzag or blanket stitch. You can play with the colours of the thread too.
- Step 4: Iron the pieces of fabric so they don’t have wrinkles.
- Step 5: Place the felt piece, now with the letters sewn onto it, on the fabric you are using for the cushion and secure it with pins. Use again your sewing machine to sew them together. You can choose your stitches and colour of your thread so they match or make the cushion more colourful.
- Step 6: Now put together the front and back pieces of the cushion making sure they’re inside out, as you are going to sew the inside first. Secure them with some pins and start sewing all around the fabric. If you’ve gone for a wavy shape mind the corners, if they’re too sharp the fabric will get really tight and wrinkly and won’t look as nice. To avoid this you can make small cuts right on the curves, so when the cushion is turned it looks the way it should. If you’ve gone for a square shape make the cuts at the corners too so they don’t look rounded.
- Step 7: Stop sewing before you get to the end, as we need an open section to be able to turn the cushion and, later, place the stuffing.
- Step 8: Turn the cushion so you see the outside of it and iron it. Put special attention to the seam and corners so you give them the right shape. Careful! Don’t iron the felt! It’d get damaged and you’d have to start all over again!
- Step 9: This is optional, but we think it gives your cushion a better shape and makes it more attractive: make a decorative seam all around the edge. You can choose a vivid colour and a fancy stitch; your cushion will come to life! Don’t sew the edge of the open section just yet.
- Step 10: Place the stuffing using the section of the edge that’s still open. Spread it well so it reaches every corner.
- Step 11: Close the section of the border that’s open by sewing using the same thread and type of stitch as you used in Step 9.
- Keep the templates for the future, that way you won’t have to redo them.
- You can draw the letters yourself or download your favourite font. You can find tons in this website: http://www.dafont.com/es/top.php