Starting off a marathon session of crafting this weekend with a swoop and a hoot! 

My list of craft projects is getting a bit out of hand and I have been waiting for a chance to catch up on them and get a few crossed off.  The chance has come this weekend and I am going to make the most of it and try and crack on with some projects! I was excited to get started and decided to start on finishing off a cross stitch project I had almost finished – a cross stitch owl in started a few months ago from 365 cross stitch designs volume 2. 

Once I had finished the cross stitching and got the back stitching finished it was time to make it into a cushion, I chose to make a flap back cushion and used Laura Ashley Gosford plum fabric. I really like using Laura Ashley fabrics as  it is nice and thick, making if perfect for cushions as it gives them good structure and is also hard wearing – if you have made something you want it to last for a while! 
   

 

Also to increase the strength of the back of the pillow for each of the flaps I double over the fabric rather than making a hem along the top of each edge. These two flap prices are then laid over the cross stitch fabric right sides together – ensuring there is an over lap so that it will hold the cushion pad in.  Next sew around the edge of the cushion, this secures the two flap pieces to the cross stitch picture. 
One the two back flaps were sewn on, I turned the cushion right way around and sewed a line in a purple thread an inch from the edge of the cushion. I chose a dark purple as I wanted it to stand out and it was similar to the purple used in the cushion. 
   

 Very happy to get this one finished from my list it has been on it for a long time and I’m even happier with how good it looks!  I have had a space ready for it to go for a while and it looks perfect! I can’t believe how good the owl looks, it stands out so well from the background it almost looks three dimensional!    

  
Let’s see how many more finished projects I can get done in the next few days – the clock is ticking! 

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