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.
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!”. 🙂
I used a basic single crochet stitch worked in joined rounds.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
Next up is Barry Banana the final fruit cushion.
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