Friday, 12 September 2014

The Owl and the Pussycat cushion

Hello......... While tidying the spare room the other day I came across this cushion kit, which I'd completely forgotten about. It came along with a 'Rusty the Fox' kit as a free gift with a magazine subscription last year.

So I decided I might as well make up the kit, for the craft club exhibition theme, 'The Owl and the Pussycat'  I started off following the instructions stitching on the buttons and leaves.

But then as always my creativeness got the better of me and I decided I wanted my owl to have larger eyes so I stitched the felt eyes onto the outside of the owl (on left) instead of how the instruction suggested I should (pictured right)

and once I rebelled there was no stopping me (don't look so nervous little owl) so I added some decorative stitching to the beak.

and then stitched the owl onto the felt cushion front.

How the completed cushion front should have looked

 To tell you truth I love this folkie design and if it wasn't for the Craft Club theme other than adding a bit of sparkle to it I would have left it as is, but I needed a Pussycat.

So I drew a template of cat onto some paper and then went in search of some black felt........ I couldn't find any so instead I upcycled some black corduroy and cut out my little cat, which I then blanket stitched onto the cushion front.

So there we have it very tatty fraying cat, with green sequin eyes, kinda squished into the corner of the cushion.

All that was left  was to add a moon and cute leaf and flower sequins for a bit of sparkle (as you can never have too much sparkle) then I blanket stitched and stuffed my cushion

and Ta-Dah
My Owl and the Pussycat cushion.

As I said I loved the original design with just the Owl so hopefully it's not too OTT now I've crammed in the rest of the theme I'm normally more of a less is more kinda girl, so I'm finding it too busy for my liking but it could have been far worse as 'P' suggested adding some stars by the moon too.

What do you think? Hopefully it's not too much, I guess it's just knowing how the cushion should have looked before my additions.

Happy Crafting 

Clare x


  1. Bonjour!
    I love lttle owl
    Have a great weekend

  2. I think it looks perfect with the cat.
    Hugs and happy weekend,

  3. I think it is perfect as well, Clare...very clever! [not at all OTT :) ] xx

  4. I also thinks its perfect with the additions. Have a great weekend.

  5. Very cute cushion. I used to work with felt a lot as a child, but then did nothing with it until now, in my sixties, and it's one of my favourite fabrics to work with. Reverting to childhood? Thanks for visiting my blog.

  6. A really sweet little cushion. I love sewing with felt too.
    Marianne x

  7. Love it! Hand sewing with felt is the best.


  8. It's cute, Clare. I love the big eyes on the owl, it makes him look very inquisitive.

  9. Too cute! I love all the changes you made. Felt is just so lovely to work with - also for children.
    Lena x

  10. oh that is just too sweet. :)