This idea had been stuck in my head for a long time. I couldn’t get it off my brain so I knew I had to make it so I could move on to other projects. I’m calling it the storytime cushion because I think it would be perfect for a reading nook or in a bedroom. It can also do double duty by being a chair pad! Natalie is infamous for being a stander/kneeler at the table, so hopefully this will make it a little more cushy for her.
The cushion measures about 15″ in diameter and has a handy little zipper so it can be washed. I used a dark wash denim on the top and bottom hoping that it will make it a little more durable. I’m always doodling while the girls are coloring and the rainbow one is a doodle that I draw all the time. Do you draw the same things over and over, or do you always come up with new stuff? I thought it made a great applique for the top of the cushion.
It was also a great way to use up scraps! I think I know why people love patchwork so much. I probably won’t be able to stop now, ha. I made my own piping using this tutorial for making bias tape from a fat quarter and some cording I bought at Home Depot. I love the all the text fabrics that are out there, especially this one by Sweetwater for Moda.
If anyone’s interested I did plan on making a tutorial (although I’ll be needing to refine the measurements a little – thank goodness patchwork is forgiving). Let me know if you want the how-to! Update: Aug 2010: Ended up losing motivation to make this into a tutorial. And the fact that I just can’t sew with piping very well. You can find a similar type project here or here. The only differences is that I used a zipper for the opening and put a 3″ slab of foam in there that I had cut into a circle! Hope that helps!