Two happy beginners

Lindsay and James were two happy sewers when they each completed an envelope cushion at a Learn to Sew workshop on Friday. James had never sewn before and Lindsay had not touched a machine since Year 9 at school. They are expecting a baby any day now and wanted to make something for the nursery.


100 percent concentration from James trying out his appliqué sample

First up was instruction on how to thread up a sewing machine. My trusty Berninas are straightforward to operate and both took to the task with ease. They then a played around with a variety of stitches and did two or three trial appliqués using Bondaweb.

Appliqué is a great technique to use for a first sewing project. It is relatively simple to do, and, as long as you follow a few basic rules, can create some very pleasing results. Click here for my step by step to appliqué.

Once both had mastered the machines, and the appliqué technique using Bondaweb, they designed their actual cushions. Lindsay went for birds, while James created a more complicated teacup design using three different fabrics.

I had pre-cut the fabric for the cushion cover, one piece 48cm square for the front and two rectangles for the back, each 48cm x 35cm. They both chose to use a soft, loose weave linen in a natural tone. For my step by step on making the cushion cover, click here.


Two happy beginner sewers with their cushions

If you are keen to learn to use a sewing machine and want to do something creative, then  contact me to book a workshop. Available most Fridays. Click here for dates.


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This entry was posted on June 19, 2016 by in Cushions, Level 1 Workshops, Uncategorized, Workshops.
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