Tuesday, January 19, 2010

still talking about cushions

I usually upcycle my time into money. Lately, however, influenced by the prevailing green prudence, I've become conscious of more imaginative upcycling ideas so that I can be a Laura Ingalls of the Great Blogging Community rather than a Nellie Olsen.

Emboldened by the enterprising Beach Vintage, I thought I'd make a tea towel cushion.


It took 3 minutes to make after I'd set up the sewing-machine. I felt embarrassed by this ease and hand-stitched on two rather superfluous flowers in another two minutes.


I like its honest cotton simplicity and lovely fabric grain. Already I feel Nellie receding.

29 comments:

  1. I'd say that was 3 minutes very well spent, Mise. Gorgeous! I can barely sew on a button, but you have inspired me to give it a go. What do you think you could do with a burlap sack? People seem to be doing all manner of things in blogland with them. I think it speaks to your Prairie-esque sensibilities. Meredy xo.

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  2. Your old University friend who works in publishing would be so impressed. I know I am because it looks really good.

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  3. Clever idea :-) Now me, I'd have to buy a sewing machine, hide it from my husband ('cos I'm not supposed to be shopping), wait till he was out, figure out how to set it up, wreck a couple of teatowels through not really knowing what I was doing, and eventually maybe have a cushion cover. Not a cushion though, because I would have forgotten to get any kind of inner. *sigh*

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  4. how pretty! i admire your dedication to both craft and cushions, and hope to see more of your sewing projects in the future!

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  5. 3 minutes? Wow. Very sweet cushion and a very good use of 3 minutes.

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  6. very lovely, there's no need for the 'fluous' on those flowers ..
    laura Ingalls you are. nellie olsen your not.

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  7. I'll have to show a shocking display of ignorance here Mise but upcycle? It's a new word to me but I'm loving it already! As I'm hopelessly inept with a needle & thread I'm in awe of your talents here - it looks fab
    Millie ^_^

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  8. Very enterprising Mise...... very enterprising indeed. When you consider the exorbitant prices that these type of cushions command, you should start your own line...... I would like 10% of the profits, as I suggested it !! haha. XXXX

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  9. Ok I am so doing this! I LOVE LOVE it.

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  10. Isn't it great when being green and good is a really simple thing? And when it achieves such pretty results?

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  11. Thanks for the mention too darl! xx

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  12. I love that idea and I have a towel that would be perfect.

    Can you please come by and thread my bobbin?

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  13. Gorgeous Mise
    Amazing what can be achieved in 3 minutes... They look fabulous. I have a habit of buying extra tea towels for this exact purpose... I now have a lot of tea towels.. I think it would days me days to find where I have buried the sewing machine in the garage but after that... I will still have a lot of tea towels...
    Do you take orders?? Great job xx Julie

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  14. I think Laura Ingalls would be proud. It's lovely, Mise, and you are so good to haul out your sewing machine. Mine's in the closet behind Christmas decorations, a silver-plate tea set, and a tool box. I actually have been missing sewing, and now you've made me miss it more. Maybe a closet expedition is in order. xo Gigi

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  15. What a great idea. Simple and pretty. I need a sewing machine...

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  16. I love your pillow. You are so clever. The little flowers are a great addition.

    P.S. Thanks for the birthday wish. :)

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  17. A really lovely result, Mise! If I had a sewing machine, it might take me three minutes to sew, but ten minutes to remember how to use the machine.

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  18. That is really neat! I would have
    never thought to do that. I may
    have to try that with a few embroidered
    tea towels I received for Christmas :)

    Btw, I am back on teacozies and your
    on cushions... We've come full circle :) LOL!

    ~kimme

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  19. It is great. I love it for its simplicity as well - well done you for upcycling!

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  20. Mise
    What a great idea. It looks lovely and I like the fabric behind it. Maybe another cushion? I was in a recycled button shop the other day and thought this would be heaven for a crafty person. Maybe an idea for a future project for you??
    Jeanne :)

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  21. You inspire me, really. The cushion is simple & lovely!

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  22. humel, I'm with you. 3 minutes for Mise; a lifetime for me. Despite the many attempts of my long suffering mother and numerous teachers, I could never grasp what on earth I was meant to be doing with a sewing machine. So even if I bought a machine now, I'd have to pay someone a fortune to teach me how to use it. Much cheaper just to buy Mise's. Is the orderline open yet?

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  23. Meredith, I've noticed those burlap sacks all over the place as well, but somehow my food doesn't come in them so I have none to upcycle. Do I eat the wrong food?

    Speccy and Humel, I hear you. I can only do very basic machine sewing, and I yearn for the manual ones we used to have at school so that it can't run away from me.

    Gigi, could you have refined silver-plate tea and cake as you sew? It would enhance the experience.

    I'll make it 12%, Jacqueline, if you do PR for me.

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  24. Your literary references alone would be awesome but to throw in that cute project? Great combination!

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  25. love it - nasty nellie be gone. I love Laura and know each episode by heart!

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  26. I love it - it's beautiful, you talented woman, you. Perhaps little kitchen cafe curtains next..?

    (Nellie who?) ;)

    xo,
    -maria

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  27. amazing. i dont think my brain would even conceive of the idea... let alone follow it thru...
    ~laura

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  28. Back for a second comment.. still loving those cushions!!

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You're looking particularly well.

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