Celebrate With A Stitch
It is all the little details that give an individual and personal feel to the wedding day, especially the homemade ones. This cutwork cushion is perfect for the presentation of the wedding rings during the marriage ceremony. Afterwards it can be used as a bedroom accessory to remind the happy couple of their perfect day.
Finished size: 25.5cm x 25.5cm (10in x 10in)
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Trace two doves (body and wing, one in reverse) and the full heart design onto the fusible webbing and roughly cut
out around the outside edge of the marked outlines. Iron the fusible webbing pieces onto the cream felt. Thick felt may need to be ironed from both sides to successfully adhere the fusible webbing. Take care not to scold the fabric.
Carefully cut out the heart design and doves from the felt using small scissors (this will be a challenge depending on how thick your felt is). The neater the cut, the easier it will be to blanket stitch the appliqué later. Fuse the cut-out felt heart so that it is centred on one of the linen squares. Referring to the photograph, fuse the doves in the heart.
Transfer the bride and groom monograms (see Templates: Monogram Alphabet) onto the linen towards the bottom of the heart, and embroider using chain stitch and coton à broder thread.
Blanket stitch the felt appliqué in place by hand or machine using cream thread.
Tie the silk ribbon in a bow in its centre and sew the bow above the doves’ heads. Sew the ribbon tails securely to the doves’ beaks at either side leaving the ends loose for tying on the rings.
Starting down one side of the decorated cushion front, right side facing, pin the ric-rac braid along the edges, aligning the edge of the ric-rac with the raw edge of the fabric and gently curving the ric-rac around the corners. Tack (baste) the ric-rac in place 6mm (1⁄4in) from the edge, sewing down the middle of the ric-rac so only little half moons show on the finished cushion.