Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Harry Potter and the Birthday Party...

Dear son is off to his friend's for a birthday afternoon on Saturday.  The birthday boy was meant to be going to Harry Potter World, but by the time his mum went to book, it was sold out until Half Term.  So, if the boy can't go to Harry Potter, Harry Potter will come to the boy!

I was convinced I had seen an HP cushion/block pattern, but googling, flickring and searching about revealed nothing, (maybe I did see one and it got pulled due to copyright of something), so I did some maths based on some pics on Google, and drafted my own.

So if you check the link you will see that I have not been original, definitely don't claim to be, but to be honest it was so simple, you couldn't 'sell' a pattern!


My basic measurements for the 15" cushion were a 6" (finished) strip for the face, a 4" wide scarf of 2" stripes, and a 5" cloak strip.

The hair was drawn onto bondaweb then cut, and after pressing onto his head, I top stitched as close as possible to the edge to make sure his locks won't flop off in the future.  I drew round a cotton reel for his specs, backstitched those and his scar and added a couple of buttons for eyes.


Fusible fleece and a piece of muslin on the back of the front(!), and simple envelope back.  I finished off by binding the inside edges, because I didn't want to break up to look on the outside; I could have used french seams, but I had a piece of left-over binding and fancied a bit of sofa time before the kids came home - I am back to work tomorrow, so this was my last bit of me-time!

The hair and cloak are from my ever-useful and sadly diminishing piece of Sketch flannel from Simply Solids, I think Kona Raisin scraps, some yellow Sketch and no-idea neutral.  The back is some bargain dots from here.   All pieced in magical Aurifil.

Dear son was satisfyingly jealous, and only happy once I had confirmed, on the way home from school, that it was smaller than his Batman & Robin cushion!

And the best bit for me, another instant project 100% from stash; told you I was going to bust it this year!

25 comments:

  1. This is amazing! I think I may just have to have a go at making one of these as #2 son is a had Harry Potter fan.

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  2. This is such an excellent make and a fab present. Kids must invite your kids to their parties not just because they like them but to see what you will make them.

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  3. I love this. Brilliant pressie for the birthday boy!

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  4. That's brilliant! There is a huge collection of HP paper piecing ideas as well as nearly every other TV and movie character, I think the site is fandom, something like that, some amazing designs and very true to originals, but I love the qwirkyness of yours

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  5. This is so awesome!!!! Nice job!

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  6. Brilliant cushion, you are a star!

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  7. If you like Harry Potter patterns, go to Fandom in Stitches. You will find all you want
    http://www.fandominstitches.com/2011/05/harry-potter.html

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  8. That is so awesome! Can't wait until mine get into HP, there is going to be waaaay to much Hogwarts related sewing going on.

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  9. Brilliant, and inspired, shame mine are grown up

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  10. That is brilliant!
    Love Susan's comment!!

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  11. That is simply awesome. I'm sure it was a total hit!
    Ha! That Susan.

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  12. That cushion is perfectly Harry.

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  13. I bet the friend was so excited by this cushion!!

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  14. This looks great...clever girl!

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  15. Brilliant, I love it, and perfect for a HP fan! :o)

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  16. Ha, perfect! Bet someone does try and sell a pattern mind lol And I love that you had to compare sizes with Batman :oD

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  17. Just introduced Harry to my "almost 5" year old grandson and he loves him! Thought I'd get away without paper piecing Batman and Robin, but Harry is much easier since I still haven't tried paper piecing. I guess I have some cushion-making to do!

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