I managed to get some photos for a keepsake cushion I made in November (I think) – it was for my buyer’s daughter. I got a polo shirt, which are a little more time-consuming to make than a plain buttoned shirt.
I leave the collar on and fill it in with a sleeve, and sew shut the bottom of the shirt. With this one, because of the design of the shirt, I changed the font used in the patch so I didn’t cover up any of the design, with my buyer’s agreement.
My buyer was very happy with the end result — and wasn’t expecting it to be so big! “I have just collected my cushion from the post office. I love it! Thank You so much. I imagined it to be smaller than it is.
My daughter will love it.
Thank You for such a prompt service.”
These photos show the keepsake cushion cover while being made. Each one I make ends up being made slightly differently depending on the shirt/t-shirt/polo shirt/jumper, the size I can make and what my buyer would like.
As I’ve been so busy this October November and December filling orders, this blog has gone by the wayside.
How busy have I been?
I made and sent 210 items in those 3 months including about 7 keepsake cushion patches and 14 keepsake cushions, 12 faux mohair wraps, 12 Santa Letters & Reindeer Food, 17 camera buddies, 7 camera straps and 7 pairs of herringbone handwarmers. I had many more queries for keepsake cushions in December, but simply couldn’t fit more in before Christmas. For the first time ever, I shut my shops for 10 days to catch up. I have never done that before, but with son going to school in Cambridge and even more going on in Real Life, I needed to.
Just a quick little post showing off my camera scarf straps! I participated in a Market Night on a Facebook Group last night and 2 of these sold there, but they were so pretty I thought I’d show them to you anyway. The rest will be, or are, in my etsy shop and my folksy shop ready to go to new homes!
Everyone who has bought them has loved their choice – one customer ended up buying one each for her Mum and step-Dad as they loved the look of hers so much! I rarely have more than 2-3 of each scarf so grab them while you can if you find some you love!
Is it *that* time of year already? Time to think about Halloween Items in my etsy shop! I guess so….
So what do I have for Halloween? I have Trick or Treat Bags! Whichever you prefer – cotton tote bags, or crocheted cotton bags… take your pick! Either are perfect for your scariest or prettiest toddler to take out trick or treating. The large crocheted Frankenstein one is often used as a book bag too! These have been very popular the last couple of years! If you’d like one, check out the photos, there are links to each one in my etsy shop at the bottom of the photos.
Pick your favourite and tell me why in the comments!
I’ve been making some scarf camera straps and they have been quite popular – I have had 1 buyer buy 3! They are very comfortable and I either buy square scarves and sew them into a rectangle, or find long scarves in local charity shops and use them. Most are adjustable, I haven’t found many scarves that aren’t long enough!
Many are OOAK (One of a kind), so once they are sold, that’s it for that scarf strap. Some of the straps in the photos have already sold…. but you’ll find more in my Etsy Shop, I’ll try to add a couple more every week. Each scarf Camera Strap has swivel lobster clasps to attach to your camera and a slider so you can adjust hte length of your strap. The seams are all triple stitched, and there are 3 rows at the ends of the scarves and then the denim or twill covers are also triple stitched on top.
I don’t sew a lot of clothes or anything but rectangular pieces of cloth, but I still pin them to the fabric. I’m a perfectionist, and prefer 90′ corners! I have started to use these pattern weights though, and they work very well.
I saw some pattern weights on ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ and decided to make some….. and then made more… and then more. So I have added them to my etsy shop!
I have 3 sets up right now, and plan on making some other sizes and shapes as well. Each one weighs about 53g or a little less than 2 oz. and are about 3″ in size. Which set is your favourite?
You can find them here… they’d make great gifts for sewers!
I’ve made a ton of keepsake cushions in the last 5 months, from all sorts of clothes – dresses, stretch jersey tops, chunky cardigans, fine lambswool jumpers, polo shirts, men’s cardigans….. and of course, buttoned shirts.
I have a long processing time on them so I don’t rush. I don’t want to make them quickly (and I could have had at least 50% more orders if I had a quicker turn-around time) but some clothes do need some time to think about how I want to turn them into covers. Sometimes what I did for 1 jumper won’t work on the next – a different fabric or style, or it’s been worn more than others.
I take my time in cutting, sewing and finishing each one. These mean so much to the people who trust me to make them that I try to make them the best I can.
Here are a few of the most recent ones I have made. If you would like me to make a keepsake cushion or 6 for you, get in touch!
A new item I have added to my repetoire is Keepsake Cushion Covers. A friend tagged me in a Facebook post for someone looking to get some made and I offered to make one.
I picked up a man’s shirt from the customer and made up the cushion cover, embroidering a quote on some Aida fabric –
“This is a shirt
I used to wear.
hold it, know
I am there.
Love, Tony xx”
Before I knew it, I had orders for 18 more, and stopped taking any more orders until I could get caught up. I sent 3 off to another customer, then 2 and several singles as well.
I added them to my etsy shop, and plan on offering a few different fonts as well as other types of clothing – women’s tops and dresses as well as knit cardigans. Keepsake Cushion and without the Cushion Form – Keepsake Cushion Cover only
I really like making these, they are very special to the recipients and I’m getting back to one of my favourite crafts, cross stitch and embroidery. Each one is unique, no two will ever be exactly alike.
I have crochet halloween bags and they sell pretty well, but I thought I’d try a new style this year.
I came up with 3 designs so far – a pumpkin face, a ghost and a bats/moon combo.
These ones are the prototypes, so they have been listed with a little discount…here. If you order today, you can also get another discount with code “SEPT35” until Midnight tonight!
Each bag is a 100% cotton tote measuring 20cm x 26cm. These are sturdy little goody trick or treat bags with cute Hallowe’en appliques, perfect for any little trick or treater! Which one is your favourite??