Sunday, 13 September 2015

PolkaDoodles Octavia Frosted Winter Christmas Cushion

Have you seen the latest launch from PolkaDoodles? It's an absolutely stunning collection and available as a download or on CD. I was lucky enough to be asked to make samples for the Create and Craft show, sadly I only had time to complete this project. I do however, have at least four UFO's sitting on my dining room table!

Now, I'll be honest I'm not a sewer but do have a love of fabric and textiles. I've had this idea floating around in my head for an absolute age and as soon as I spotted some of the lush papers in the collection I knew that it was time to try and make it a reality. I will have a full tutorial on my blog tomorrow showing you exactly how I made the cushion, in the meantime here's a brief description.

I printed the digital papers and images onto a piece of A3 fabric. Before attempting to cut out the images and embellishments I ironed Bonda-Web.

Next I decided that I wanted to add some texture and dimension to the cushion so I tried to print directly onto felt..... epic fail! Not to be deterred I decided to try printing onto t-shirt transfer paper and iron that onto the felt. I think it worked pretty well despite the fact that it changed the colours significantly (just to give you an idea of how much the colour changed, the flowers should be the same red as the "25")

Once I'd printed and cut out all of the elements I set about assembling the cushion. Now this is where I panicked... it all sounded really easy in my head but there was one small problem... I'm not an experienced sewer and there were sooooo many elements to this project that it completely overwhelmed me! I put it to oneside intending for it to stay as a UFO but then I thought I've spent so much time effort that it's stupid not to finish it. So with that I removed the backing from the Bonda-web and ironed and stitched my pieces into place!

I don't think I'm too unhappy with the end result - it's far from perfect but for an experiment and first attempt it's come out OK. There are things I'd do differently and definitely things that I'd be aware of (like making sure you cut the fabric with the weave going the same way) but hey it's been a good learning curve.

Thanks for stopping by.

Claire x


I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
Little Claire's Digi Challenge - Christmas
Creative Corner - Anything but a card
CRAFT - Christmas
Crafting By Design - Get Ready For Christmas
A Snowflakes Promise - Christmas
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes
Altered Ecletics - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything goes
Crafty Time - Anything but a card


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  2. Claire your pictures don't do this justice anyone seeing the show on C&C will know how awesome this is. So glad you decided to finish it. I just need a A3 printer

  3. Your project is so wonderful I adore it, I don't see any imperfections at all!
    Totally stunning work Hun
    Hugs xx Cara xx

  4. This is the most stunning cushion! Fabulous, amazing, gorgeous!! xx

  5. You know my thoughts
    Claire total amaze balls.

  6. I adore everything about your cushion and can''t wait to see the tutorial especially about printing on to fabric. Will be back tomorrow ... x

  7. You think it's turned out ok??? Are you nuts woman, it's blinking fanbloodytastic!

  8. oh wow hun you are always so so creative and this is no exception brilliant love love this to bits,hugs Cherylxxxx

  9. What a beautiful creation, can't wait for your tute..x

  10. Hi Claire this is stunning. Hugs Jackie

  11. Beautiful card, the poinsettias are gorgeous!

  12. A beautiful card, those poinsettia flowers are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing with us at craft challenge. Marlene DT

  13. I don’t think GENIUS quite covers it!!! xxx

  14. Oh so adorable, Claire! The gingerbread man is so cute, and the poinsettias are gorgeous! Thanks for joining in at CRAFt Challenge!

    love Mags B x

  15. What a fabulous creation. Thankyou so much for sharing your wonderful work with us at a Snowflakes Promise. Good Luck..Genny DT

  16. Breathtakingly gorgeous Claire. So adorable and worth liking Christmas for xx

  17. A great card - thanks for joining us at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.

    Helen x

  18. Love how you used your digitals for making this beautiful cushion...great details!
    Thank you for joining us at Little Claire's Digi Designs Challenge.
    xxx Margreet


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