Softies & Cushions

One of my oldest friends has recently had her first baby, and asked me if I’d make a cushion and a cuddly owl for her nursery. Of course,  jumped at the chance and now she’s received her gifts I can share them with you!

I began with the cushion. I wanted it to be very simple in construction, with no buttons or zips that little people could hurt themselves on but I also wanted a challenge for myself. So I decided on a Dresden plate design on a pillowcase style cushion cover. I’d never made a Dresden plate before but I had seen several beautiful blocks floating around on the internet.

Between the new mum and I, we picked a sweet Jungle Birds print, as mama knew she was going to have a little girl and didn’t want to overload the nursery with pink things.

I constructed it from this very useful Sew Mama Sew tutorial, and somehow managed to fit 21 wedges into my plate of coordinating fabrics! I assume my seams were slightly out – user error!


Here is a blog post from Quilt Inspiration with some beautiful examples of Dresden plates.

For the owl, I found this gorgeous pattern from the wonderful Retro Mama! How sweet is that?? I actually enlarged the pattern by 100% in this case, but I’m sure the provided size would make an adorable companion.


I had plenty of my chosen materials left over so I thought I’d make another cushion; again simple – this time an Oxford pillowcase style.

And then, having had a good look around Retro Mama’s Etsy site (*big cheesy grin) I decided to make the owl a companion!




I’ve already had requests for elephants from two grown men, which I think holds testament to the adorability of this elephant pattern.

Here are the softies together – I’m extra pleased that I enlarged the owl pattern having made the elephant too. Better playing size I think.


Here’s hoping the recipient likes them as much as I do!


Happy sewing all


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