The dog sewing continues, but shall stop soon I promise. Here’s Ella in her favourite position in my home office. It’s an ancient bucket chair, but it’s right beside my desk and right beside the window. Good times for Ella!
This did mean that the cushion on that chair was getting scuffed up. I’m not above choosing upholstery fabric for its ability to disguise paw marks, so went to my stash cupboard for some House of Hackney velvet bought from a sample sale. You should definitely keep your eyes peeled for these sales – they have a Facebook page here.
I set to making a cushion cover. (Previous projects here and here.) Every now and then, I love this type of sewing. If you can bear to take the time to add piping to your cushion cover, it really does lift the project. I ordered two metres of this 4mm piping cord and encased it in bias strips of velvet cut 4cm deep.
I also used my beloved (though admittedly rarely used) velvet pressing pad, bought from a car boot sale. It helps avoid the velvet’s nap being crushed when you’re pressing seams.
And my newly purchased toilet pins came in very useful for pinning thick layers of velvet together. (Photographed next to a normal pin for context.)
I somewhat steam rollered through the sewing process, which made me gulp when I realised that House of Hackney cushion covers retail for £80. Glad I didn’t mess this project up. Glad Princess Ella has a suitably luxe cushion for her derriere. Glad I have more of this fabric to use up. Any suggestions for another project? It doesn’t have to be linked with dogs!