Creating Cushion Covers

The creating has spanned such a long time for this project.
The bright idea was to create new cushion covers, using our walks in the mangroves as a reference.

A discussion took place about the discoveries and things children had noticed.
A discussion took place about the discoveries and things children had noticed.

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The children on the previous walk: Mr 8, Miss Nearly 8, Miss 6, Mr 6 and Mr 2 all met together and had a lovely morning sitting in the sun, designing, detailing and decorating their squares. As they creating there was a lovely dialogue happening, discussing what we had seen and some of the details children had noticed.

As children finished their illustrations, I briefly talked with each about the colours they would like me to use to frame the squares. Days later the next stage: checking sizes, cutting the materials and sewing around the pictures.

calculations complete, strips being cut and placed about the pictures.
calculations complete, strips being cut and placed about the pictures.
One sewing, one finishing illustrations. The first completed cushion cover in the background
One sewing, one finishing illustrations. The first completed cushion cover in the background

Finishing the first cushion served as an incentive for Mr 8 and Mr 6 to continue with their covers again. Mr 6 tried the sewing machine for the first time. He was initially overwhelmed by the number of things he had to watch, but became more confident as he worked with me and completed a few seams on his own so I could capture the action. As today’s workshop concluded, wDSC01297 (Custom)e realised there was not enough of the material Mr 6 had chosen to complete his squares so I pinned his pieces onto a cushion so he could see the effect so far. Mr 8’s pieces are completed, just need the borders sewn on and the girls cushion covers look fantastic. I’m finding it fascinating to notice the different styles and focuses of the drawing. The time taken to choose material borders and visualisation of the completed product.