Saturday, December 6, 2008

what's in a name?

One thing I have noticed about kids... is just how much they LOVE seeing their own name printed on something... maybe it's the MINE factor, but whatever it is... they love it.

So a gift with a child's name on it, always goes down a treat. Something that is clearly just for them. Not for sharing... MINE... MINE... MINE... MINE... MINE...

This cushion makes for a simple gift idea. I have used a ready made cushion with a removable cover, but if your sewing skills are up to it, you could make it from scratch.

noah cushion

It's just as easy as it looks. First I cut my stars from some scrap fabrics. Then I embroidered the name on to the large star. I used some iron on interfacing to position the stars on the cushion cover, then worked a blanket stitch edging around the outline - securing the star in place.

noah cushion - closeup

It's really that simple!

I've made quite a number of these... sometimes I'll cut the individual letters from scrap material and sew them on to the cushion... just for something different.


Anonymous said...

That's gorgeous. The good thing about a removable cover is you can wash it when those grubby fingers have been hugging their own pillow.

Hey not sure it's a kid thing either. I love anything that I can claim as my own, if it has my name on it even better. Nothing seems to be just mine anymore ;-)

Cabbage Heart said...

Oh thats beautiful! So simple to make, what a great girt idea for the kids that just have everything!

annemarie said...

These are adorable - I love them - what a neat gift idea. Your blanket stitching is so even and perfect.

laughing purple goldfish said...

jacqui - sounds like the voice of experience there... surely there are no grubby little fingers in your house???

cabbage heart - perfect for exactly those kids! I agree

annemarie - thank you :)

cats-rockin-crochet said...

It's so hard keeping up with you and your blog post's, they are all so great, I love this. I want to send a semi made woolen jumper to you for felting, I'd love to see what you can do with it!

laughing purple goldfish said...

cat - sounds fabulous... there are so many possibilities :)

Stramenda said...

What a great idea !!! I love love love it !! What a great gift idea for the nephews !!

laughing purple goldfish said...

stramenda - glad to help!