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Thanks again for having me back Jen. The last post in our ‘Week of Sarah’ is a pattern hack for the Clubhouse Cushion.
A local farming friend has been updating her laundry. Now a laundry on a farm has to serve many functions. Not least of all is dealing with all the mud, dust and grease that comes home on farmer work clothes. This one also has a special spot for her kids to put their shoes on (oh to have children put their shoes on the first time you ask…..). There are cubbies underneath for each kid’s shoes and a long bench to sit on.
She bought a large piece of foam same size as the bench and some fabric she loved and asked me to make a cover. This is basically a Clubhouse Cushion. Different dimensions and inner filling but the construction was exactly the same. Hurrah to pattern hacks!
She wanted to be able to remove the cover to wash it every now and again so I added the zipper panel on one of the short ends (bonus is that it didn’t scratch the back of legs there). I cut the panels the same size as the foam except to add 1”/25mm for my seam allowances.
Simply sew the side panels together first into a big ring shape and then add the top and bottom, pivoting at each of the seams.
I’ve also discovered that it’s easier to clip your corners of your top and bottom panels at a diagonal just short of the seam allowance. It seems to make wiggling them into position a bit easier. If someone has a better way of doing this, I’m all ears.
Have you made a Clubhouse Cushion yet? Do you have a spot that could be easily updated with a covered foam pillow? Tell us about it in the comments below.
Today’s blog post is a quick one. Sarah from Hunting for Ladybugs is sharing with us the “How to” for adding a zipper pull to continuous zipper tape. Click below to watch her video!
It’d also be handy if you wanted to make your own zippers custom length or custom colour using continuous zipper tape!
Sarah lives an idyllic life on a farm in Western Australia.
She knows her way around a sewing machine and
an internet connection combining the two loves to
run her business Hunting for Ladybugs. She loves
particularly tricky custom orders – or as she prefers to
see it, problem solving with fabric!
How did you get into sewing?
I started sewing at Home Ec classes at high school. I still remember the tears of frustration over a four square patchwork pot holder that just wouldn’t line up in the middle. Argh! Despite this, the bug bit and I went on to compete in the WA Teenage Fashion Awards and hand make many gifts for my friends. I even made a quilt or two during the holidays.
I left sewing for a while but got back into it again when a fellow Playgroup mum commented on my daughters hat I’d sewn. Etsy was gaining traction so I opened a shop. I enjoyed having a purpose to sew as well as the brain boost running an online business provided.
What inspires you?
I quickly learnt that sewing the same thing over and over really isn’t my thing (ug) so I moved my biz towards custom orders. Problem solving sewing is my absolute favourite and the best emails start with “I’ve been looking for a ____ everywhere but they don’t make one, can you help?”. I love curly requests that push me to mash elements of several patterns together and draft something completely new that fits the bill perfectly.
What’s your best tip for people getting started with sewing?
Get that machine out of its box and just start. Pick something not too complicated but something that inspires you to make it. Don’t worry about wasting fabric or first-go wobbles, they haven’t run out of gorgeous prints yet and you’ll always get better the second and third time you sew something.
I love helping others to make that initial leap onto the sewing path. I live in the bush, out on a wheat and sheep farm, so I know getting to face to face classes can be tricky. I’ve designed a series of sewing project kits that I post all over the place. With some online support, I help people go from staring at that box to a beginner sewer. Love it!
What are you working on right now?
I’ve got a few custom orders to finish on my cutting table but the next big this is filming an e-course. I’m a practical girl so I wanted the foundation sewing skills I’ll be teaching as part of the course to be immediately applied to an item you can love and use at the end of the course. We’ll be making a large beach bag that will not only help to cart around the towels, snorkels and buckets and spades but also teach you how to cut fabric, sew straight seams, topstitching and handle construction. Sign up to my newsletter list hear more.
Stay tuned for two more posts from Sarah this week – she’s filmed a video tutorial on how to thread the pull onto continuous zipper coil and a pattern hack to make a window seat cover.