Mandy Mandarin Crochet Fruit Cushion. www.onebymeforyou.com

Fruit Cushions Part 3: Mandy Mandarin

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As I continue with my fruit cushion series here’s another behind the scenes post of my creation process. This is how Mandy Mandarin came to life.

Mapping Out the Design:

My initial sketches are the first step to bringing ideas to life. They help me work out how I’ll tackle my projects. By putting the details down on paper I start to see what the final design will look like.

For Mandy, I wanted a dome shaped cushion. I wanted it to look like half a mandarin.

Collecting Yarn:

Like Patrick Pineapple and Winnie Watermelon. I’ve used thrifted,  recycled and vintage yarns. But the story with this yarn is special… And goes like this:

I met a lady named Lynne at one of the markets I was doing. She told me that my crochet pieces reminded her of her mom who had recently passed. Her mom loved to crochet and knit. And over the years she built an amazing collection of yarns. After a long conversation. She asked if I’d like to have her mom’s yarn that she was going to throw out. And of course I said “I’d love to!”. 🙂

Fruit_Cushions_Mandy_Mandarin_Design

MY ORIGINAL SKETCH AND TECHNICAL DETAILS FOR THE LINING

I used a basic single crochet stitch worked in joined rounds.

Single crochet worked in joined rounds. Mandy Mandarin crochet fruit cushion. www.onebyemforyou.com

WORK IN PROGRESS OF MY MANDARIN FRUIT CUSHION

 

Adding the Finishing Touches:

Keeping with the theme of sparkle for this fruit cushion series. I added a single sequin to the leaves of the mandarin. It doesn’t have the same effect as Patrick Pineapple and Winnie Watermelon but it’s a nice touch.

Adding details to Mandy Mandarin. Crochet Fruit Cushion. www.onebymeforyou.com

A SINGLE SEQUIN

Like all the other cushions I wanted the option to clean the cushion if it got dirty.  I knew I wanted a lining and a zipper for all four cushions.

I struggled to find Mandy’s lining. In the end I settled on this 5 year old orange t-shirt that was on it’s way to the thrift store.

Lining for my Mandarin Fruit Cushion. www.onebymeforyou.com

5 YEAR OLD ORANGE T-SHIRT THAT WAS ON IT’S WAY TO THE THRIFT STORE

Stuffing suggestion: Use things you already have at home. Like newspaper, old t-shirts or towels. Because it’s an odd shape this will be easier than finding the perfect shaped cushion to fit inside.

Limited Edition Crochet Mandarin Cushion | No. 1 / 1. Made with odd ball and vintage yarns. Unique gift for your home. www.onebymeforyou.com

THE MANDARIN FRUIT CUSHION STUFFED WITH FABRIC SCRAPS

 

Well that’s it for Mandy Mandarin!  Lynne I hope your Mom will be happy with what I’ve made with her beautiful vintage yarns 🙂

Limited Edition Crochet Mandarin Cushion | No. 1 / 1. Made with odd ball and vintage yarns. Unique gift for your home. www.onebymeforyou.com

LIMITED EDITION CROCHET MANDARIN CUSHION | NO. 1 / 1

 

Next up is Barry Banana the final fruit cushion.

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Nicole Kerrigan is a fibre artist and environmentalist who’s on a mission to keep bad stuff out the ground. Through her one-of-a-kind creations, blog posts and workshops she’s here to shake up the way you treat, buy and love your stuff. And when she’s not making art out of trash you can find her exploring natural spaces and exotic places. Making friends with local wildlife. Occasionally rotting her brain on animated sitcoms like South Park :-) Or lighting it up on documentaries like Planet Earth Meet Nicole and get ready to save the planet one stitch at a time at onebymeforyou.com

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