{My Creative Space} Retro Caravan cushion cover

I knew it wouldn’t be long before I sewed up some more cushion covers! This time I wanted to make some for our caravan. In a few weeks we will be taking the caravan out of winter hibernation and heading away for a week during the school holidays.

Although our caravan is far from being ‘retro’ or ‘vintage’, I was inspired by a few retro caravan images I have seen lately. This is the end result:

A retro caravan cushion cover!

I used the free motion applique technique in order to give the image a ‘sketchy’ looking style. It is great fun and a little bit tricky to start with, but the important thing to remember is that it’s not meant to be perfect! You can find a great tutorial on this technique here.

I find I have to outline my shape at least 4 times, using the last round to try and fill any gaps. For my caravan, instead of making a quilt sandwich I used an embroidery hoop upside down with stabiliser on the back of the fabric. I find it much easier to control – free motion is fast!

The fabric I used for the rest of the cushion is some I have had in my stash for a long time – it’s nice to be finally using it – Odyssea by MoMo for Moda. I used the shell prints for the front and a colourful coral print for the back.

Of course, one cushion is not enough so there will be another joining this one as soon as I find the time to sew it together :-)

You can see more creative spaces here.

11 Comments on {My Creative Space} Retro Caravan cushion cover

  1. Bec
    September 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Just gorgeously stunning, well done.

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  2. Fay
    September 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm (2 years ago)

    It’s gorgeous!!

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  3. Claire Smith
    September 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm (2 years ago)

    Can’t beat a retro caravan and there’s bunting too….love it all.
    It’s turned out really well. Isn’t FME fun once you get the hang of it.

    Claire :}

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  4. Evelyn
    September 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm (2 years ago)

    What a awesome cushion, I love it!

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  5. brenda
    September 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm (2 years ago)

    wow! what a gorgeous cushion… love your free motion caravan…i actually do think it’s perfect, being all sketchy and almost drawn like! enjoy travelling in the holidays!!!

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  6. Karen
    September 6, 2012 at 8:33 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d never seen this technique before. Looks like your cushion was fun to make.
    Your artwork looks beautiful, and what a great way to frame it with the cushion.
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a lovely comment on my blog. I’m glad I found you as it was fun visiting your site and seeing all your creativity. Hope to stop by again soon.

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  7. gonerustic
    September 7, 2012 at 5:22 am (2 years ago)

    Love the stitched sketchiness – great cushion! =D

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  8. Viv
    September 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow, love the detail, and the colours you chose! Looks great!

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  9. Gina
    June 14, 2014 at 12:48 am (6 months ago)

    Uh oh, where did the photos go? I found the photo of this project through Pinterest and would love to feature this tutorial on Coats and Clark’s Sewing Secrets!

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    • Bec
      June 15, 2014 at 4:35 pm (6 months ago)

      Hi Gina, the photos seem to be loading fine when I view the post, hopefully if you have a look again, it will all be ok!

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