Homemade Christmas Cushion Cover poppysews.com

Christmas Cushion Cover

Since having bubba #3 at the end of September I have been a bit too busy for sewing but with a bit here and there I have just finished my Christmas cushion cover 🙂

I used the same method as for my London Cushion, but before sewing the front and back pieces together I appliqued the baubles, sewed a straight line for the string of the bauble, and sewed on some little ribbons (the little ribbons are optional).

I attached the cord edging in the same way as described in my London Cushion Cover, but I used a twisted cord for this one, which gave a slightly different look.

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If you need help with applique, a great tutorial is found at mollyandmama.com.

There are loads of variations you could make to this cushion cover idea..different fabrics for each of the baubles, a matching fabric for the edging, contrasting colour for the edge of the baubles, and so on..

If I had a little more time before Christmas I would be making another one, it would make a great Christmas present,  but christmas shopping awaits…..!

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DIY Applique Muslin Burp Cloths poppysews.com

Applique Muslin Cloths

So I am even more sure I am expecting a baby boy in the autumn now..I was out the other day and a lady we got chatting to (didn’t actually know her…) asked if i was expecting a boy..and she went on to say that it looked like I was from “the lay of the land”..presumably my bump…

Yeah I know, what does she know? I don’t even believe that old wives tale about the bump out front means a boy or whatever…but it was a bit weird as she sounded so sure! So anyway, I will need some muslin cloths, and I am still feeling bored by the overly boyish things in the shops..and since I LOVE applique I decided i would applique some muslin cloths with a baby boy in mind, just in case 😉

This was my first version, i used a gorgeous bear applique from Freeapplique.com

(note: a great tutorial for applique is found at Molly and Mama)

DIY Applique Muslin Cloths poppysews.comDIY Applique Muslin Burp Cloths poppysews.comDIY Applique Muslin Burp Cloths poppysews.com

One thing I realised as I was sewing on the first bear applique was that the muslin material is too thin and the needle was pulling on it too much and so it needed some ‘backing up’.. so from then on I used applique backing fabric ironed on to the reverse side of the muslin cloth before zig-zag stitching the bear on to the fabric…

Here are the other two applique muslin cloth designs:

Would love any feedback as to which you think looks cutest (or suggested improvements!)…

DIY Applique Muslin Burp Cloths poppysews.comDIY Applique Muslin Burp Cloths poppysews.com


Baby Boy Applique Bodysuits

I have been looking forward to trying some applique on some baby bodysuits..and as a friend has just had a baby boy I thought now was a great time to try it out!

As much as I like boats and cars and the colour blue..I do find it a bit boring that pretty much all baby boy clothes in the shops consist of just these…what about the colour yellow or green? what about cute little animals? Seems to me baby girls clothes seem to have a lot more variety?!

So I decided to use some applique designs that were a little more unisex (although I still ended up using mostly blue..but to be fair I had got hold of a pack of patchwork squares which I was planning to use, and the best patterns were mostly blue, honestly!).

The internet is full of great applique designs you can use as templates..the elephant and bird seem to be more common, although I got the cute deer design from Molly and Mama, along with a useful tutorial for How to Applique.

All I needed for this project was:

  • A 3-pack of plain body suits in the required size;
  • Fabric for the Appliques;
  • Applique design templates;
  • Heat fusible webbing (paper backed)..or any hemming web if the design is not too complicated!
  • Applique anti-rub backing fabric;
  • A sewing machine with a colour co-ordinated choice of thread.

1. First I got my paper applique design templates (always worth keeping for the next time!) and used them to draw the design on to the fusible webbing (shiny paper side).

2. Next I dry ironed the fusible web template on to the wrong side of my chosen applique fabric, and cut around the pencil outline ..I then peeled off the backing paper and I had my applique fabric pattern ready to go…

3. I then ironed (under a damp tea towel/cloth) the fabric applique pattern on to the front of the bodysuit, and repeated with the other two templates.


4. I then zig-zag stitched around the edge of each design (this always takes way longer than i expect it to, as I keep missing the edge in some places and have to go back over that bit ;)).

5. Finally, I ironed on some applique anti-rub backing fabric to the back of each design:

And here are the finished baby bodysuits..ready for the next baby boy to arrive!.. 😉