Flower cushion, finished bunting and my first international order!

It was my eldest niece’s birthday this week and she was thrilled with the cushion I made her using Attic 24‘s Blooming Flower pattern based on a vintage pot holder design. I’d already made a pot holder using this technique for my mum (you can see it here),

Here’s my cushion.

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This Blooming Flower cushion was a big hit on my niece’s birthday. In fact it was so popular that the birthday girl had to wrestle it out of the arms of various party guests! Looks like I’ll be making more of these for Christmas presents then…

I was pretty pleased with it, even if I got halfway through and realised I should have used a slightly smaller hook! Nevermind, I made the cushion a plain polycotton cover in dark blue to go under the crochet cover and that seemed to help. I didn’t want any of the white of the cushion itself showing through, and the cushion pad itself wasn’t exactly of the sturdiest construction anyway. I think the dark blue peeping through really helps bring out the colours of the yarn, so maybe it all worked out for the best.

The yarn I used was Drops Muskat, a DK mercerised cotton that I seem to be using for everything at the moment!

The Rubik's Cube just happened to be on the window sill but its colours almost matched the cushion 's so I left it there for the pictures.

The Rubik’s Cube just happened to be on the window sill but its colours almost matched the cushion ‘s so I left it there for the pictures.

And just to be thorough here's the back!

And just to be thorough: here’s the back.

I finally got round to making up my Granny triangle bunting over the weekend. I made the pieces weeks ago but they needed to be blocked so there they sat until I felt suitably motivated.

The chunky buttons help give the bunting some weigh so that it hangs nicely.

The chunky buttons help give the bunting some weight so that it hangs nicely.

Three of my favourite things combined: buttons, bunting and granny squares! Well, granny triangles, but you know what I mean!

Three of my favourite things combined: buttons, bunting and granny squares. Well, granny triangles, but you know what I mean!

And last but not least…

I’ve had an order through my Folksy shop for two of my beaded doilies! I was surprised to see that it was an international order as I assumed that Etsy would be more popular that Folksy with overseas customers. Initially I set up both an Etsy shop and a Folksy shop, but it’s a bit of a pain to list everything twice. I’m thinking that maybe I should just focus on the Folksy site and let the listings on Etsy lapse.

I'm very proud of my beaded doilies. I couldn't find a suitable pattern so I came up with this design myself!

I’m very proud of my beaded doilies. I couldn’t find a suitable pattern so I came up with this design myself.The doily looks most impressive from above though!

The doily looks most impressive from above though!

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14 thoughts on “Flower cushion, finished bunting and my first international order!

  1. thegrangerange.wordpress.com says:

    Where to start? The cushion is wonderful, so colourful no wonder your niece was so thrilled with it, I have made this a couple of times now and people alway say it is so tactile. I love the use of the buttons on your bunting to thread the hanging string through, great idea. And lastly well done on your first international order.

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  2. bamcrafts979 says:

    Thank you! The mercerised cotton has such a nice weight to it anyway that it was ideal for the cushion. It was certainly very huggable!
    Buttons are a bit of an obsession for me at the best of times, and I’ve been hoarding them lately. I found some fantastic vintage ones in charity shops over the last couple of weeks so I’ve been trying use up some of my plainer plastic ones to make way for more!

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    • bamcrafts979 says:

      Thanks πŸ™‚ My mum has always had a few beaded doilies at the back of her linen cupboard, but has no recollection of where they came from. Mine aren’t so delicate, but I hope they will last as long as the ones my mum has!

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  3. threadsnshreds says:

    Love the cushion, it is such a gorgeoous pattern that one. Bunting is cute too. well done on your overseas order. I have considered switching from etsy to folksy, maybe one day if i ever get round to it.

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