Friday, 27 March 2015

This is it! The Tuffet is finished!

Last week was such a big post, we didn't even have time to look out of the window! Let's make up for that right now and see what is happening around us.






Bustin' out all over I think just about covers it! Everything is looking new again and it really lifts the mood. Well, all's well in the natural world so where are we up to now?
As promised, we are putting the finishing touches onto the tuffet this week. Let's have a look at the story so far...



It is lovely to see the evolution of the project! Last week, we achieved an appliqued, quilted and patched top



and this time, it will be made up into something that you will treasure all summer and way beyond. Shall we have a teensy peek to see what it looks like? Here we go...



That didn't give too much away! Well let's make it happen.

I gave you a short shopping list last week and it is time to get those things out. Start by cutting a circle from the second piece of fabric just the way you did last time. If it is a bit hazy, you can see how we did it here. when that is done, put it aside for now.

Have you ever made piping? It isn't that hard so let's make some to give out tuffet a really professional look. Take the piping cord and choose a fabric. Cut some 3 cm wide bias strips, just as you would for making bias binding. They will look like this.....



On no account cut them on the straight of the grain! If you do, they will pucker when you try to fit them to the curve. Join the strips (you will need just under 4m of piping- it is easier to cut it down than make it bigger) and then place the piping cord into the middle of the strip....



fold it over and pin it ( I don't always bother to be honest...). The purpose of the piping cord is to give depth and structure to the piping although you can make piping without it.  

Now sew along the piping cord as close to the cord as you can - use a zipper foot. Now we have this....






You have already prepared the cushion top by tacking around the edge to keep the wadding and the top together at the end of last week's post. Now treat them as one piece. Pin the piping cord to the cushion top like so...



sew it on (also as close to the cord as possible). You want this to be solid and not floppy so you shouldn't see any of the side fabric when it is sewn, only the cord. Repeat on the bottom circle (that you put aside earlier) with the other piece of cord.

The side of the cushion is a piece measuring 11.5cm x 196cm. Join it if you need to. Place the right sides together and sew the end seam to make a closed tube and....sneaky bit.....when you do this, leave a gap in the middle of the side seam for turning out and also stuffing later because it is easier to sew up a straight seam than a curved one!

Pin one side of this to the top of the cushion and sew it on, again staying as close as possible to the cord. 



Done? Let's have a little peek at what we have then. This is not the right shape but you can see what I mean when I say that ONLY the cord should be visible....



Then, when it is stuffed properly, the cord will sit nicely and not flop over.
Repeat this to put the other circle onto the side bit. It may feel a little odd to sew all around but you have your gap in the side for turning out. And by the way, we don't need a zipper with this although you could put one into the bottom if you like. The whole this is actually washable because it is stuffed with polyester filling.
So everything is inside out now. Turn out through the gap that you have left in the side and have a look at your deflated looking cream puff! Time to give it some structure. Stuff it well with polyester filling - save money by using a pillow ( I bought one from a very well known Swedish furniture store). Cheaper to pull one of these to pieces sometimes than buy the ludicrously small 'craft packs' of toy stuffing!

I have slightly underfilled mine so that it is not rigid and it can be plumped up a bit. This means that it looks a little more wrinkly than a pouffe for example. The choice is yours. Here is what we have now...


How cute is that! It took us a while to get here but, to be honest, you could make this in a much shorter time and they are very handy if the seating in the house runs out.
Cuddle up and get a good book!  See you next time and than you so much for stopping by!

Love and hugs
Debbie xxx