more round cushions

But plumper. Much plumper :)

I had the idea to make the cushion covers removable, so made a separate inner (see below, looking like an enormous knaidel* on the dining room table!) and put a zip in the side of one of the roundies.

round inner

It was only when I was stitching the buttons through the centre (luckily I found a carpet needle for this chore) that I realised the cover would not be removable for that very reason. Doh.  Since the fabric I’m using is mostly upholstery/curtain linen anyway, the covers will need to be dry-cleaned, so that is my work-around for this problem.

I have drawn up a schedule of production (sewing and screenprinting) for the rest of October and November, with December being the time I need to have lots of everything ready for sale. I’ve printed it out and stuck it up on the wall, but it does make me feel a little weak. There won’t be much time for movies and outings and wine tastings and gala events…you know, my usual hectic social round. Not. Time to put my nose to the grindstone…

* yiddish for dumpling :)


24 thoughts on “more round cushions

  1. The Snail of Happiness

    One of my German friends used to make Knödels – a potato starch dumpling with a small cube of fried bread in the centre. They have the taste and texture of a bath sponge and I used to dread being served them when we went round for dinner! Anyway, I digress…. the cushions are lovely and I’m sure the next few months will fly by in a whirl of creativity.

    1. insearchofitall

      I read this before I had to leave this morning so I’m just getting back to you. Cute and colorful. I’d be tempted to put the pillows in a lingerie bag and toss them in a gentle cycle when cleaning is needed. I don’t think I’ve dry cleaned anything in years. As for Knödel, I haven’t made them for years. Only good with meat gravy or sliced and fried the next day. :) On their own, not very tasty. My mother made potato and bread Knödel and my brothers and son would inhale them. I had to teach my son how to make the bread version because I don’t eat or cook them anymore. Interesting conversation to come out of pillows.:)

      1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

        Something slimy happens to lumps of dough dropped into hot liquid – I agree, not something I enjoy. But I have never tried to make them, so I’m impressed that you tried. “Sliced and fried the next day” – they might just as well not have been dumplings, then, right? :)

  2. katechiconi

    Here’s a thought: make the covers with a buttonhole in the middle on either side. Sew the button through the knaidel (oh, yes indeed, I have definitely eaten a few of those!), and then button through to the outside. Result, totally removable cover. Don’t know if it’d work, but worth a try?

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Hmmmm, thinking about this, it’s potentially a good solution! The problem is, now that I’ve got the technique down pat and am happy with the dry-cleaning solution (plus each cushion will get a layer of scotchgard), I may be set in my ways. You know me – Speed Queen!

      1. katechiconi

        Well, I’d stick with the dry-cleanable version, then. But if you did want to try some washable, child-friendly variants, the buttonholes offer a solution, Madame Vitesse!

  3. Gail

    Stunning cushions. I’m with you on feeling weak at all the cutting and sewing to be done by December. When I feel overwhelmed, I stroke all the things I have already made and tell myself what a wonderful girl I am. Looking forward to seeing you on Friday.


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