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Handmade Pom Pom Cushion

Handmade Pom Pom Cushion

Do you love pom poms? I absolutely love them. I have recently been hand making and adding colourful items to my craft room. This is a room that I spend a lot of my time in, so I want it as colourful and cheerful as possible. I would like my room to have as many handmade items in it as possible.

I chose to make a cushion for my craft room as I suffer with a bad back, and I thought the support of a cushion when spending hours on end sat crafting away would be a huge help. I then chose to add pom poms to add an extra splash of colour and cheer to my room.

A trip to the craft store was needed

I used a mixture of wool and yarn. Most being from The Women’s Institute collection, who have a colourful high-quality range. They also had an offer on of 3 for 2 at my time of purchase. I purchased mine in Hobbycraft and a donation from my purchase was stated on the packaging to be given to the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.

One purchase that was a huge time saver, this was a pom pom maker. This nifty little gadget made pom pom making so much easier.

The making of my pom poms:
  • I started off buy working out what size cushion I plan on making.
  • Then roughly worked out how many pom poms I think I would need. This was done buy cutting out a template with paper, making a pom pom to size and then working out the measurements from there.
  • It was worked out that I would need roughly 140 pom poms for my 24″ square cushion.
  • From there I got busy making pom poms, using my pom pom maker.
  • I did not make the pom poms all at once. I made them over a good few day’s using a variety of lovely colours.
How to use the pom pom maker:
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
The making of the cushion:
  • Once the pom poms were all made I then made my cushion using Calico fabric, which I cut two 26″ squares out of.
  • The two squares were then ironed and then pinned together down three of the four sides.
  • The three sides were then sewn together, leaving an opening end.
  • A zip was then sewn onto the opening end.
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
Attaching the pom poms to my handmade cushion:
  • When it came to attaching the pom poms I was going to sew them on until I realised how many I had made. So I opted to gluing them in position instead!
  • Using a good fabric glue I began to glue the pom poms into position. Using a piece of cardboard I inserted it inside the cushion cover to prevent the cushion fabric from sticking together during the process.
  • Once the pom poms were in position I allowed time for the glue to set and the pom poms to take hold in position.
  • I then inserted the cushion insert inside the cushion cover.
  • I ruffled my pom poms a little to fluff them back up as some of them went flat during the gluing process. I then I cut of any straggly bits and removed any loose bits

Once complete, my cushion was proudly put in place in my office/craft room.

Do you love pom poms?

Christmas, pets

Dogs love Christmas too

Dogs love Christmas too

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. It is a time for us all to enjoy spending quality time with friends and family whilst enjoying some much-needed downtime.

Do you have pets? If so, do you spoil your pets at Christmas?

We have two dogs, Coco our two-year-old Siberian Husky. We also have Hunter, our 1.5-year-old German Shepherd. Both dogs get spoilt every birthday and every Christmas…. also, in-between if I am honest!

I have had a few comments saying I am bonkers, but why shouldn’t they be spoilt too? After all they are part of our family. If you are a pet owner or have owned a pet in the past, I am sure you will understand the bond you get with your pet. It is a strong bond that is also special. So why not show our pets just how much we love them too.

Getting creative

Last year I attended a sewing machine class with my Mother-In-Law. At this day class we were both shown the basics of how to use a sewing machine, something I had been wanting to learn for years. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and have been putting my new found skills into practice ever since.

Of course, Coco and Hunter were both made something on my very own sewing machine. I made them both a stocking each. Do you hang a stocking up for your pets? It is only fair that our fur-babies have their very own stocking.

Hunter loved having his very own stocking, he would go and check it every now and then.

Coco’s stocking was a different shape to hunters.

I thought I would do Coco’s stocking a little different to Hunters. I found Coco’s stocking much easier to make than Hunters.

What I used to make the stockings:

  • Paper to draw my templates out on.
  • Fabric scissors.
  • Pencil.
  • Sewing machine.
  • Tape measure.
  • Adhesive diamante craft letters.
  • Sewing pins.
  • Variety of fat quarters.
  • Ribbon.
  • Fusible wadding.
  • Fabric glue.
  • Calico cotton fabric.
  • Handmade with love button.
  • Pom poms.
  • An old snow drape which I cut to size to create the snow effect.
  • Glitter stars.
  • Printed photo of Hunter.
  • Hollow fibre stuffing.

How I made the stockings: the same instructions are for both stockings

  • I started off by drawing myself a template to work with for both stockings.
  • This was then used to have two pieces of Calico cotton fabric cut to roughly the same size.
  • The template was then pinned onto the Calico fabric and then the Calico was then cut to size and shape.
  • One piece of Fusible wadding was then cut to size. Which was just a little smaller than the Calico.
  • The three was then layered and ready for sewing together (Fusible wadding in the middle).
  • Once layered the fabrics were then pinned together, to help hold the shape needed and make life much easier when sewing.
  • When I had finished sewing the three fabrics together I then stuffed the paw sections with Hollow fibre stuffing. I then run a stitch across the top to help keep the stuffing in position.
  • For the bone label on Coco’s stocking I cut a template out and used it to cut a fat quarter to shape. I cut two bone shapes out of a fat quarter and cut one piece of Fusible wadding. I then layered them with the Fusible wadding in the middle, pinned and sewed them together.
  • I then started to decorate the stockings as per photos below. Using fat quarters, pom poms, Hunters photo, buttons and glitter stars.
  • In order to hang the stockings I cut some ribbon to size and sewed it in position.

Ta da

They were both hung nicely in place at Christmas waiting for Santa Paws.

Our dogs are, and always will be apart of our family. NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS!

(dog in the middle is our loving Buddy – forever loved and missed dearly)

Do you have any pets?

Handmade

Handmade Advent Calendar

Handmade Advent Calendar

Just because us adults are now grown up, why should we miss out on all the fun? Us adults enjoy the count down to the big day too. And age is just a number, right? I am sure I am not alone in saying we are all big kid’s at heart.

Making the countdown fun and personal…

Christmas can be expensive enough so why not help keep the cost down where we can. Advent calendars are a brilliant way to help us count down to the big day, and the lead up to the big day is half the fun right? there is no reason we can’t go and purchase another advent calendar from the shops, but this year I thought why have the same store-bought ones each year?

This year I got my craft on…

This year I have decided to make us a family advent calendar and make it personal to my family. A calendar we can re-use for many years to come. One that will help us make the Christmas season even more special. Advent calendars are becoming even more themed like, with so many choices ranging from, alcohol, beauty, toys, chocolate and so on. Another reason to make a family one, why be stuck with just the one theme?  

Adding a little fun into the advent calendar…

The advent calendar I have made will involve us all as a family taking part, by adding a little thought and love into it. You can buy a pre-made empty advent calendar in a choice of many different designs for those not feeling very creative, but I thought I would have a go at making my own. So here goes……

Secret Santa advent…

There are six of us living in our house, our advent calendar will have 25 pockets to it. 24 pockets shared between the 6 of us will mean we will all get 4 pockets each. Pocket 25 will be shared between all of us. In pocket 25 we will all add a family game or something we could all do together over the festive period, so the fun lives on beyond the big countdown. We will all write down that activity on paper and add it to pocket 25.

The aim of the calendar…

We all wrote our own names and one of our chosen advent numbers/pockets on a piece of paper four times (one for each of our pockets) and put our four pieces of paper into a dish. We then all took four different pieces of paper containing a persons name and number/pocket which we wasn’t allowed to inform others of who we had. If we pulled our own name out we had to put it back to change it for someone else’s name. We then had until the end of November to purchase an advent gift for that persons number/pocket on the advent calendar. As we work our way through December we can all excitedly see what our secret Santa has placed in our advent pockets on those days. I thought this would be a much more fun way to enjoy the big countdown to the big day.

What I used:

  • A mixture of different Christmas fabric. To use for the pockets and bunting.
  • Calico cotton fabric to use as the backing.
  • Fusible Iron On Interfacing fabric. To use in the middle.
  • Light Hessian fabric. To use as the front.
  • Mixture of Christmas themed ribbons. For decoration and the bunting.
  • Mixture of mixed designs 3D flat back Cabochons. For decoration.
  • Self adhesive felt. Used for the numbers.
  • Lace fabric. To use for decoration.
  • Fabric glue.
  • Flower head pins. Used to support the fabric when cutting and sewing.
  • Fabric Scissors.
  • Tape measure.
  • Pen.
  • Cotton.
  • Sewing machine.
  • Glitter stars for decoration.

How I made the advent calendar:

  • The first thing I did was decide on the location I would like to hang the calendar.
  • I then went on to measure the space I had and then worked out my measurements.
  • Pockets were then made in a mixture of sizes. I done this by using a variety of different Christmas fabrics. Cutting them all to a variety of different sizes, making sure not to make them to big and to stay within my measurements. The pockets were then pinned and sewn. Leaving the top section open, giving us somewhere to place our advent gifts.
  • The 25 pockets were then decorated, using ribbon, lace, cabochons and off cuts of fabrics. All being glued with the fabric glue.
  • All 3 of the calendar fabrics were then measured and marked for cutting. The front piece of fabric will be 1″ bigger than the middle piece of fabric. The middle piece of fabric will then be 1″ to what is going to be the backing fabric. This then allows for the edging fold/overlapping.
  • Then came the nerve wracking bit…It was then time to cut the fabrics to size. This part always makes me nervous.
  • The fabrics were then ironed.
  • The fabrics were folded by laying what is to be the front fabric down first, then what is the middle piece on top of the front piece. The fabric that will be the back was then laid on top.
  • All 3 fabrics were then pinned and sewn together.
  • The calendar was then decorated with lace, the pockets and ribbon.

Bunting to finish…

The bunting was then made and added to the calendar. I made this by re-measuring the width of the calendar and then cutting some fabric to size and the triangle shape I wanted. I then cut some ribbon to size, allowing extra to tuck round the back to finish. I used fabric glue to glue it all in place. Glitter stars were then added with glue to the calendar to finish. Followed by the pockets being filled with secret Santa gifts. We were then ready for the countdown to begin!

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This was my first ever handmade project of this size. I have always wanted to make things myself but have never really had the time to do so. Now I am no longer working due to ill health I am now able to put the time and effort into different projects. Since finishing this advent calendar I have made both of our dogs a Christmas stocking each and I am currently working on an interior project with Ian. All of which I will be sharing with you later this week.

Are you doing anything different this year for Christmas?