Yesterday I went to the most fabulous place.
It's called the Eternal Maker, You may know of its online shop & blog?
It is in Chichester which is near to where I live.
I had never been to the Eternal Maker before but a friend & I decided to go on a 1 day Professional Cushion Making course their. It cost £25 and was well worth it.
It was the most amazing fabric, craft, trimmings shop I have ever been too.
I was in heaven, Like a kid in a sweet shop.
Here are some pictures of the shop, I took soo many as I was soo in awe of the amazingness of it all.
Beautiful fabrics & handmade loveliness everywhere.
Retro & vintage fabrics.
Ric Rack in every colour & size you could imagine.
Button & beads of all shapes & sizes.
Oh the loveliness...............
So on to the cushion making.
I have made plenty of cushions before but have never mastered adding piping or a zipper before, so this course seemed perfect.
We started by choosing our fabric & although there was plenty of fabric to choose from I had taken along with me an old Vintage table cloth that I found in the CS.
I chose a complimenting coloured blue linen for making the bias binding & a plain calico for the backing.
We started by making the bias binding, which I have never made before so that was a great thing to learn.
Then we made our piping, another first!
We had already cut out our fabric to the size required, I went with 50cm x 50cm to incorporate as much of the embroidered pattern as possible.
We used a circular object to round the corners of the squares of fabric, to aid adding the piping.
Then we started to add the piping to the front panel of the cushion.
Here it is with all the piping on the front panel.
Then we pieced the front and back together and sewed the two corners together that would have the zipper in between.
Then we added the zipper and sewed the rest of the cushion together and hey presto, a finished cushion!
Well all was not soo easy but, we got there in the end.
I was quite proud of myself to have done all the tricky bits myself.
All I can say is that it was a fab day and I will defiantly be going back to the Eternal Maker to shop & learn.
Have a great weekend.