Well as luck and coincidence would have it...guess what topic my (nearly 5 year old) daughter is going to be focusing on after half term...yes, Superheros!
So what better excuse than to experiment with some appliqué and make a cushion for the Reception Classroom. Here's what I came up with.
I opted for an envelope back...
As it was the perfect opportunity to include my handmade superhero buttons, that I'm totally in love with. How lucky was it that the writing was small enough to fit!
I also had the opportunity to use the buttonhole foot on my Bernina for the first time to make 3 button holes.
On the front, I decided to appliqué the 'POW' text over the quilting, (which you can see very faintly in the picture, it's 1" apart, vertical quilting) as I wanted to make it stand out, rather than be underneath the quilting. I think this actually worked quite well.
Given that this cushion is going to be sat on and squashed by 30 five year olds, I used a tight zig-zag almost satin stitch for the appliqué to make it more durable. It's as fray-proof as possible!
I really enjoyed adding the bright red binding to compliment the text and frame the cushion.
I don't think I'll ever tire of this fabric, it's such fun, and my mind is busy thinking of other coordinating cushions...oh the possibilities are endless :-)
I hope my daughter and the other children enjoy their Superhero topic next term and that my cushion sparks their imaginations. What fun they are going to have!