A while ago Kristy and Erin blogged about using printed fabric panels from the Etsy Store of Cat and Vee to make up some fabulous cushions for Christmas presents. I had never come across Cat and Vee before, so was delighted to discover a new source of great, quirky fabric!
A couple of their cushion panels were perfect for gifts for my son's fiancee, so I ordered them immediately and crossed my fingers that they would arrive in time for their trip home for Christmas.
As you can see they did!
I trimmed the cushion panel with an edging of linen lace and made a simple envelope backing as, needless to say, I left this until the last minute!
My son works in the wine trade, so will undoubtedly appreciate the sentiment of this one:)
I had the perfect pink/white dotty linen in my stash for the back of the wine cushion too, it was obviously meant to be.
I have my eye on some more of Cat and Vee's panels for future gifts, (I think another son would appreciate the Moves like Jagger panel!) they were a real pleasure to do business with I cannot recommend them highly enough.
As well as completing these two cushions I also managed to get this Pleated Pouch finished just in time to put under the tree on Christmas Eve for my daughter-in-law. The pouch is another Pleated Pouch from Michelle Patterns. This is the third one of these pouches I have made and I really like the pattern. The original pattern calls for a Velcro closure with a false button front, but I hate sewing on Velcro, so stitched a buttonhole instead. My sewing machine apparently sews on buttons too, but I haven't been brave enough to try that yet :) I have images in my head of needles snapping and flying all over the place, but perhaps that is just an overactive imagination on my part!
If you have tried out buttonholes or anything else for the first time in December there is still time to link up to this month's Link Party
The New to Me Link Up will remain open until 23.59GMT on December 31st, so there's still time to try out one of the shiny new books or toys that were in your stocking on Christmas Day :)
Linking up to