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Cloud of Butterflies… tutorial of sorts…

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  • How to make a shaped cushion. Cloud Of Butterflies Cushion - Step 1
    Step 1

    First of all choose yourself some lovely fabrics… it is easiest to do with felt in terms of cutting out shapes that won’t fray!

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Cloud Of Butterflies Cushion - Step 2
    Step 2

    Then Draw yourself a template of the shape you want your cushion to be… I chose this lovely cocktail tray to draw around! I use a dressmakers pencil as the chalk rubs off easily to outline the template…

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Cloud Of Butterflies Cushion - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut around the edge of your circle or square or whatever leaving a generous inch… You will need two of these obviously!

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Cloud Of Butterflies Cushion - Step 4
    Step 4

    Next choose your butterfly! I drew two templates, one large and one small and placed them on one of the circles of fabric and drew around them…

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Cloud Of Butterflies Cushion - Step 5
    Step 5

    et voila!

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Cloud Of Butterflies Cushion - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now you need to cut out your butterflies… super sharp scissors required… maybe ask a grown up to help you with this bit?

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Cloud Of Butterflies Cushion - Step 7
    Step 7

    Keep cutting and chopping until all finished!

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Cloud Of Butterflies Cushion - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now you need to cut one more circle of fabric of your contrasting material…

    Then using spray adhesive, turn over your top cushion piece and liberally spray with fabric adhesive and the place the cotton print side down onto the adhesive piece…

    I use Super 99 fabric adhesive as it is all you can get here in Vietnam… as for the instructions, they are in Chinese… but so far… shake can, spray the sticky… stick and hey presto… works for me!

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Cloud Of Butterflies Cushion - Step 9
    Step 9

    Pin two felt piece together and stitch around on your chalk outline… any stitch you fancy, but as the stitches may be visible try and keep it neat on both sides! I hand sew but machine sewing would be ideal really!

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Cloud Of Butterflies Cushion - Step 10
    Step 10

    When you have sewn 4/5 of the way around… STOP… stuff with cushion and pillow stuffing… push into the seams gently to get rid of bumps wrinkles and wobbly bits!

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Cloud Of Butterflies Cushion - Step 11
    Step 11

    Stitch up to close and it should look something like this!

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Cloud Of Butterflies Cushion - Step 12
    Step 12

    I then put a brocade around the edge and trimmed off the felt… this is optional… I was going to leave a claret felt border but just kept on cutting!

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Cloud Of Butterflies Cushion - Step 13
    Step 13

    Finally I added a contrasting butterfly by sticking two pieces of the cotton fabric together and then stitching on to the cushion and finishing with a little sparkly knick knack I had lying around…

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Cloud Of Butterflies Cushion - Step 14
    Step 14

    …And then I decided I didn’t like the brocade so I took it off again…

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Cloud Of Butterflies Cushion - Step 15
    Step 15

    Here’s one I made earlier…

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Cloud Of Butterflies Cushion - Step 16
    Step 16

    And another… using pinstripe cotton & wool blend… so seal the edges of your cut outs to stop them fraying!

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