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Topic: flappy buttony cushions for my godson  (Read 1179 times)
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« on: November 01, 2009 07:08:57 AM »

A year ago I offered to make something for my three-year-old godson for Christmas.  There was a suggestion that he was having problems with buttons, and that the cushions in his bedroom were boring.  So I came up with a design for cushion covers that would incorporate lots of flaps and buttons.

While making the first one, I discovered that I really hate sewing buttons on.  So I completed only one cushion in time for last Christmas:

Each square can be folded over and fastened with a button, to reveal a different fabric:

The other two cushions have been languishing in my to-do box,  not quite sewn together, ever since.  But it was my godson's 4th birthday a couple of weeks ago, and I finally felt guilty enough to get them done.

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And the backs (click to embiggen):

If I was doing this project again (which I won't be, because it turned out to be both difficult and time-consuming (either is fine, but not both together!)) I'd be more careful about seam allowances -- behind the scenes some of the seams are less than 1/8th of an inch due to my dodgy cutting/measuring.  I'd also opt for horizontal/vertical flaps instead of diagonal, to keep the corners neat.

Still, they're all done now, and I'm pretty happy with the result.

Thanks for reading!  Comments/criticisms are very welcome. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2009 12:24:46 PM »

What a great idea to use the little bits of favorite fabrics!!!

And kids get so bored with stuff that it is so clever how they can change out the panels and you can continue to make more!!

Love this idea!!

« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2009 03:46:23 PM »

Very smart idea. And the treasure for them to find is all that much more benefit. Good job.

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