So here I am at January Challenge number 4 on the 25th of January – with a tutorial. Hurray!
This time it is a pink hoodie my daughter got for Christmas 2012 and has now grown out of. She loved the picture however, so I said I would make it into a cushion to add to the collection on her bed.
I loved the shape of the Panda so I decided to keep this as part of the cushion design. I pinned the front and back of the hoodie together, drew a line an inch away from the panda and then cut out the motif:
I then put the pieces right sides together, pinned and sewed a seam all the way round – leaving a couple of inches open at the bottom for stuffing:
before turning it right sides out I clipped the edge all the way round because it is curvy. This gave me a better edge:
I decided not to go for toy stuffing or cushions stuffing. While making my sewing mat I realised I had an entire drawer full of offcuts and fabric bits and pieces that I will never use. I cut these up and used them to stuff the cushion:
When I was happy with the stuffing I sewed the bottom up by hand:
My panda cushions is heavier than a normal cushion – so he is a kind of cushion/toy combo. But he looks great, my daughter loves him and, although I kept a garment from the second hand bag I also have plans for the hood, so the hoodie didn’t die in vain… 🙂