I bought a half metre, sure I could come up with *something*.
As Róisín and I sat in the lovely café attached to So Sew in Naas I realised that I could just make a pair of little cuddly cushions.
I considered a few different options, including making half-metre square cushions backed with some other fabric, but in the end I decided that wide and short (as in not tall) cushions would suit the fabric best.
I cut the piece in two, making two quarter-metre strips the full width of the fabric, and sewed the selvages together.
This was ironed flat right-side out with the seam off centre on the back. I used french seams on the top and bottom, with a gap for stuffing. I had planned to have the french seams inside-out to give that classic cushion edge look, but with the first one I was kind of on auto-pilot, and did the first line of stitching wrong sides together (as you would with a hidden french seam). I decided to keep going and do one in each style for comparison.
|Gap in stitching for stuffing|
|Gap ironed under before stuffing, to make later stitching easier|
This is how the stitched closed gap looked on the hidden-french-seam cushion. I guess that's why it's popular to do it backwards.
Comparison shot. I think both versions have their advantages -- I like the roundy look of the seams-inside version, but I also like the way the stuffing-gap is hidden on the seams-outside version.
The kids were both delighted with them, and I don't think they've noticed the difference :)