On my work table at home I have about 10 different unfinished projects, that are all very near completion. I’m just missing the time to put into them. There’s a quilt with one side of the binding on, it’s just missing the final hand-stitching, and there’s a matching cushion that I decided to line and zipper instead of simply stuffing and sewing shut as usual. There are eight Welcome Baby Boxes to go up on the Bazaar Etsy shop, almost finished but missing either a matching fabric for the bunting or they’re waiting for the mobile clouds and birds to be stuffed and stitched! And there’s this nursery floor mat and matching cushion, a gift for a friend.
The nursery floor mat is made with a tutorial I discovered a long time ago on Pinterest, from a website called Cluck Cluck Sew, which I adore! The tutorial is for a Sprocket Pillow (Cushion to those of us who speak UK English…) so I just took the template and expanded it for a much larger size. I used the original template to make the matching cushion top. I’ve used this template so many times now and it’s been perfect since the first time. I love this about Pinterest; I know exactly where to find the tutorial on my boards, so it’s handy when I need to use it again.
(Apologies for the dark pic, it’s an old one!) Usually when I make one of these round cushions, I use a large button to seal the centre opening. This won’t work for the nursery floor mat, partly because the opening is too large but mostly because it’s totally impractical if a baby is rolling around on the floor mat to have a button in the middle of it! So I’m going to circle applique the centre. I haven’t done this before but I have a rough idea how it would work and I imagine I could whip up a quick technique for it. However, that would require some hit-and-miss trials before it’s a perfect applique. The thing is, I’m time poor at the moment, so I want to do it once, and it has to be perfect! So, it’s back to Pinterest for another tutorial!
There are lots that use some products like a fast drying glue to seal the frayed edge, but I don’t have any of these products and I’ve no interest in buying them. I found two that I quite like and one of which should work fine.
This one above is super straight-forward. It links to the website Rainbow Hare with decent images of each of the steps, which is so important in figuring out if you’re on the right track. This tutorial is quick, easy and sufficient for what I need.
The above image is from a more complex tutorial, but which would probably result in a much stronger and longer-lasting circle than the first. The Happy Zombie tutorial again has good images for each step. It will most likely take longer than the first but might be just that bit more suitable.
In any case, regardless of which I use in the end, I love this about Pinterest. I know that a quick google search would throw up as many results, but the best thing is that after trying one of these, if I really like it, I’ll save it to a board and always have it handy!
Having said that, as much as I love Pinterest, I went through some rubbish to find these two good tutorials. Which brings me to my next point: Pinners! It is ABSOLUTELY frustrating if you come across an image that says “circle applique tutorial” and the image links to the image and not to a site with a tutorial. Why?!! Just don’t do it! I’m asking nicely this time…