Create a pair of appliquéd cushions with a beach-side theme with this cushion pattern from Claire Turpin. They make a simple but effective decorative accent for the lounge room, bedroom or sunroom. Make one or make them both!
Full materials list included in instructions
Step-by-step instructions illustrated with close-up coloured photos and clear diagrams will guide you through every stage of the project, from cutting the fabrics, strip piecing the lighthouse, appliquéing the shapes, adding details with embroidery to quilting and assembly
Appliqué shapes provided full-size, ready to trace and printed in reverse for use with fusible web
Instructions are for fusible-web raw-edge appliqué by machine, but you can easily adapt them to suit the appliqué method of your choice
Only small pieces of fabrics are needed for the appliqué, so go and raid your stash!
Embellish with easy straight-line machine embroidery
It's easy to change the colours to match your home décor
Makes a great handmade gift for anyone with a love of the seaside
Cushions feature button closures
Suitable for beginner crafters looking to work with appliqué
Would you have loved something like this for your bike when you were a child? Yes, I’d probably have filled it with chocolate biscuits, though!
Where did you grow up – and was craft a part of your childhood?I grew up on the south coast of England. I used to make lots of things from no-bake clay - funky necklaces, I seem to remember. My parents also ran a camping shop, so I used to make small towns and cars from the huge boxes.
Where and when do you like to stitch? I am very lucky to have a designated sewing space in my house, so stitching takes place there, however it does tend to creep back downstairs, as I really like to sew amongst the chaos of the family.
Do you listen to music or watch television while you sew?Always. I have ‘listened’ to lots of TV shows while I sew – my eyes are never watching, as I am busy sewing. When I am designing, I usually have music on. I find silence doesn’t help the creative process.
Are you an avid blogger about your crafts?Sadly not – the intention is there but the practice is still lacking! I do try to update my blog every time something new comes out, though.
Do you have a favourite style of handcraft you like to work on?Appliqué is my go-to craft – it’s the bit where I choose the fabrics and play with the colours that I love the most. Then when the whole quilt is sewn together, there’s such a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.
Are you a haberdashery and patchwork shop addict?We are a bit restricted on amazing haberdashery shops in Perth, but I do love to wander in them when I get a chance. But I don’t buy anything unless I have an immediate use for it – I’m not one to spend dollars on beautiful things just for the sake of it. Same with a patchwork store - I go with a particular project in mind, so it takes a while to select the right colour palate. I teach in a patchwork shop once a week, so that’s a bit dangerous for my bank balance!
What’s your favourite time of day to sew?When everyone is out of the house and I have the space to myself. I don’t like sewing on the weekends, as I prefer to spend the time with my family, but if everyone is happy and busy with their own things, then Sunday afternoon sewing with a movie playing in the background can be really good for the soul.
Do you have any sewing gadget you never use?Not really. I buy things if I need them and then I tend to use them. I have two sewing machines on my bench, and they both get used all the time. Thinking about it, I never use my free motion foot, just cant get on with that!!