This was such a special project for me - to make something meaningful for my great-nanna for her 100th birthday this year. As you can imagine, she has had a lot of birthdays and doesn't really want for anything these days. But we still like to get her little things to celebrate and show our love for her. I rack my brain every year and choose things like comfy shoes or a pretty shawl... comfort is the main thing we want for her. So, I thought I'd make her a cushion for her back. I know it's not completely practical and she probably won't want to use it in case she damages it. But I knew she would love it because I made it myself.
So here's how I went:
|I picked this Liberty of London "Rock and Roll Rachel" print because Nan would love the colours and I loved the paisley motifs.|
|I cut out the motifs and ironed them to 100% linen ready for stitching.|
|I satin-stitched around the motifs to add colour borders and definition; and I added some french knots for pretty detailing.|
|Then I stitched on a linen rosette and sewed on the Liberty fabric backing.|
|Hand-stitching the closure was a big job because the cushion insert was jammed in there to make the cushion really puff out!|
|The finished front showing the top flower motif and the 100 to celebrate the special milestone.|
|The rosette really stood out once the cushion was stuffed!|
|I backed the cushion with complete Liberty of London "Rock and Roll Rachel" fabric - it was SO soft and pretty!|
|Nanna's handmade birthday present stash with her congratulatory plaque from the Pope!|
This last picture was a 'montage' of the special birthday gifts handmade by me (cushion on right), my mum (quilt at the top), and my sister (painting on the left). We are a crafty bunch, aren't we?!