I have always liked the idea that the fabrics we use in our everyday lives carry more meaning than their function. Patchwork quilts are the prime example of this; using pieces of fabric that come from worn clothing. Pieces that are representative of others past and present.
With this in mind I have used the fabric from the top I wore to get married in to make a cushion; a long overdue keepsake – I’ve been married five and a half years now and the top has been in pretty constant use for three of those – using the heart shaped cushion that my grandmother made me when I was a teenager. See…two sets of past making a present and future item.
I got married in a black trouser suit (I always said I would and no-one believed me)with this black and white top. The cushion used to have a very boudoir-esque red cover with black lace edging, which has long since gone to the charity shop.
I cut the bottom portion off the top and sewed the back and front pieces together to make a squarer piece of fabric, before drawing round the cushion, adding a seam allowance.
I found a piece of black material in my stash-an old dress given to me by my sister-in-law and cut out the two back pieces with added length for the overlap.
I finished the straight edges of the black pieces and then sewed the pieces, right sides facing, together before clipping the curves and turning right side out
and here it is – my wedding/grandma keepsake cushion. I’ve considered doing this for at least 2 of the years I’ve been married and it took me 45 minutes to make!