Crochet ‘Keeping It Cosy’ Dachshund Dog Cushion Pattern

I’ve been working on a few makes recently all of which have a dog theme to them – I decided to group them all together and have a dog themed month of makes a few months ago whilst working on some blankets so be prepared for a couple more over the next few weeks!

First up is a new dachshund themed cushion, this one is keeping extra warm in the chilly weather and has gone and got themselves a little jumper to wear!

I went for a wrap around design on this cushion so the rest of the body and kegs go around to the back of the cushion, this also means you could do have two of these cuties together side by side, one with the front section and one with the back section on show.

Pattern for this is available on my Etsy and Ravelry shops.

Sewing Tutorial: Monster Reading Cushion With Book Storage Pocket

This monster reading cushion is perfect for keeping a close eye (or two or maybe even three!) on your books!

I wanted to make a reading cushion and wanted a slightly different design, my eye then spotted the Cutest Little Monsters fat quarter set which I was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company and I knew I had to make a monster themed cushion!

What I love about this cushion is you can use the base cushion pattern and change the face details completely to get what ever monster you want just by adding a few more (or less) eyes, changing the hair or even the teeth. Even just changing the colours around will give a completely different looking monster.

The pattern to make this is now available over on The Craft Cotton Company blog.

Sewing Tutorial: Woven Love Heart Cushion

I wanted to make a heart themed cushion – but wanted something a little different than normal, and after a bit of thinking and a few sketches of ideas I decided I wanted to try and do a woven heart appliqué cushion. I wasn’t too sure whether it would work as it’s been a long time since I made any woven paper hearts and I didn’t know I’d it would look as good using fabric instead. After a few disasters with making the paper templates I got my paper pattern for the heart sorted and got cracking on with cutting it out and sewing it to the cushion front.

I am really glad I went with this woven heart idea as it’s worked out really well – I’m thinking of doing a cushion with a few smaller versions of the hearts in different colours next!

The fabric is from the Nursery Basics fat quarter set and was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company, and the tutorial to make one is available over on their blog:

Crochet Circles Texture Cushion Pattern: ‘Round In Circles’

Going round and round in circles with a ‘Round In Circles’ cushion

I really love my ‘Round In Circles’ blanket and wanted to make something else with the same stitch. After a little bit of thinking I started on making a cushion to go with my ‘Going Wavy’ cushion as I knew they would look really good together, especially with them both using the same colours.

I think this stitch gives a really good texture, and have a few more ideas in mind of some projects it would work great with – keep an eye out for some in the future!

Pattern for this cushion is now available on my Etsy and Ravelry shops.

Sewing A Finished Cross Stitch Flower Design Into A Cushion


I had three cross stitch cushions to complete this year for gifts and this final one has taken by far the longest to complete. It was a much bigger pattern than the previous two and had much more detail and I didn’t think it was going to end! But, I have finally managed to get through the mountain of crosses and what seemed to be never-ending backstitching. I was a bit worried that once I had finished all of the crosses, the pattern wasn’t going to stand out very well but the backstitching in the pattern did its job and pulled it all together brilliantly. The pattern is from 365 Cross Stitch Designs (Volume 2)

Once completed, I created the pillow. I didn’t fabric ‘frame’ the front of the cushion as I think the picture itself was enough detail for the front and I didn’t want it to be overshadowed by any fabric colours. I again did a back flap cushion so there I wouldn’t need to fit a zip. I found a red flowery fabric in my stash and used it for the back, which I think complements the colours in the cross stitch really well.


To Make a flap back cushion:

  1. Cut two pieces of fabric which are the width of the cross stitch front and 10cm longer than the height. My cushion front was 45x45cm so I cut two pieces for this project I used two pieces 45x55cm.
  2. Fold the two pieces in half to give you two pieces 45×27.5cm.
  3. Take the two folded fabric pieces and place overlapping on top of the cross stitch front.
  4. Sew around the edge to secure.
  5. Turn out the right way.
  6. If you want to add some extra detail to the cushion you can sew a line around the edge, I sewed a line 6cm from the edge in purple to create a border.
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This cushion turned out even better than I had hoped and I’m really pleased with it. It’s a shame I cant keep it for myself!