Well, I've only gone and done a little tutorial for you lovely peeps.
May I present to you the Jumbles and Pompoms first "how to".
How to make a round cushion cover.
I used this little fella (99p from a charity shop) for the cushion
and this supersoft combed cotton material, also from a charity shop (£4.99 for several metres).
Firstly I measured the diameter (width at widest point) and circumference (perimeter or outside edge) of Mr Smiley Face. Then I cut out a rectangle using the diameter measurement with a couple of centimetres added on for the shorter sides of the rectangle and the circumference measurement (plus a couple of cms extra) for the longer sides of the rectangle.
I then machined stitched the two short ends of the rectangle to form a cylinder.
|Gratuitous shot of the sewing machine in action|
|The gathered end|
I then placed Mr Smiley Face cushion inside the cylinder
|Bye bye Mr Smiley Face|
trying to ensure that it lied perfectly central
and then gathered up the other end of the cylinder with running stitches as before:
I then picked two large buttons from my rather extensive collection of buttons and sewed one in the centre covering the gathered bit:
I then carefully pushed the needle through the cushion (fortunately Mr Smiley Face cushion is rather lacking in stuffing so it wasn't too difficult a job) to the other side and (hopefully) to its centre and sewed the other button on. I then pushed the needle back to the other side and pulled the thread tightly so that the buttons sink down into the cushion a bit. I wound the thread round the button to secure and then snipped the thread. Lo and behold it's a round cushion cover.
A work of *er hem* minutes.
Instead of buttons to hide the gathered bits, you could use a doily or some such round thing (a piece of fabric perhaps) if you so desire.
In other news, the Student Union at the University where I work has organised a Meet the Animals petting session for stressed out students with exams. Petting animals, apparently, relaxes the frazzled soul (which is something that I hope you won't be if you follow my little cushion cover tutorial!!). Word has it that there'll be a miniature pony, chicks, rabbits and mini pigs. Not only that but...wait for it..... it's also planning a Puppy Therapy session where you get to cuddle ickle labrador puppies. *Squeeeeeeal.* I somethow think that us frazzled adminstrators will be schlepping along to join in the fun.
I'll love you and leave you for a bit as I'm off to the Isle of Wight for half term fun, frolics and fine charity shopping (yes, I've heard that the charity shops are good'uns). Byeeeee. xx