Hedgehog Pillow

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My lovely friend Jess had a baby a little while back, so I thought I’d make him a little something. Seen as her little lovely’s middle name is spike… a hedgehog seemed the obvious answer! Look how totally adorable he is, makes my heart go a bit wobbly.

You will need:

  • 1/4m teal cotton canvas
  • 1/4m orange cotton canvas
  • brown embroidery thread
  • toy stuffing
  • template

1. Cut the templates out from the pdf attached. Cut 2 body pieces from the teal canvas. From the orange cut  2 head pieces and 4 ear pieces.

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Unicorn Pillow Part 2: Quick Zipped Pillow

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A couple of weeks ago I posted part one of this pillow tutorial – the unicorn applique. So here’s how to turn that little applique into a pillow. If you sew, you probably already know how to add a zip to a seam, but if you aren’t sure, this is so easy (and I only recently discovered it. I’d been doing it the long loooong way for years). Here’s how to make a pillow in just half an hour. You won’t want to buy one ever again!

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Unicorn Pillow Part 1: Applique

unicorn applique cushion tutorial little button diaries

I have a child who is obsessed with Unicorns. We went to London Zoo a few months ago and on the way there, we were asking her what Animals she most wanted to see. “ummmmm…. unicorns & whales!”, she said. I had to really work hard to persuade her that kangaroos as WAY more exciting than whales. She cried when I said unicorns aren’t real, and I felt so bad.

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Our 1st Guest Post for Laura Ashley

We are SO excited to write that post title! We were very happy when Laura Ashley asked us to write a guest post for them using their fabrics. OBVIOUSLY we jumped at the chance – their fabrics are so beautiful, thick and good quality.  So we made a couple of giant, squidgy, floor pillows for our youngest little ones using their lovely Treasure Island and Esme fabrics from the children’s range.

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Craft Trends #4: Flamingos

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Yippee, its Friday! And we’re celebrating with another round up of awesome things to make over the weekend. It seems the craft world has been flamingo-ing mad (sorry…) for these beautiful pink birds recently. Here are our favourite flamingo makes.

1. Now Sew Flamingo Pillow by Sugar & Cloth

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Nap Time Crafts: A Magnetic Pin Cushion

magnetic pin cushion tutorial

This little make evolved as a result of two problems. 1, I didn’t have a pin cushion – I was using a toy owl, poor little voodoo massacred thing – and 2, I kept dropping my pins on the floor. Probably 2 was a result of 1. I’d seen these magnetic pin trays and I thought it would be nice to combine something like that with a pin cushion. Voila!

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How to Make a Retro Telephone Soft Toy

retro telephone toy tutorial

My toddler is a little bit obsessed with our retro red telephone at the moment. She wanders over to it, picks up the handset, says ‘hello’ then wanders off. So I thought I’d make a matching telephone toy for her room so she can catch up with all her chums and hopefully leave our real telephone in working order.

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How to Make a Piped & Appliqued Pillow

applique and piped pillow tutorial

A couple of weeks ago I was very happy to be asked if I would be godmother to a beautiful little baby called Olive. She is such a joyful little girl, I decided I’d make her a little colourful cushion to match her personality. I’ve never piped fabric before so I thought I’d give that a shot. Its easy! I’m piping everything from now on…

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Nap Time Crafts: Cardigan to Cushion in 10 Minutes!

cardigan to cushion

Last week, I very cleverly managed to shrink both my and George’s woolen jumpers in the washing machine. Whoopsie. I tried to stretch them out but to be honest, they’re goners. I was about to throw them in the bin when I thought I’d try something first. I took my cardigan, chopped it up, stitched it into a square and BOOM! A cushion cover! This was the easiest thing I’ve ever made… Try it, it literally takes ten minutes.

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