As Busy as a Bee

Last week I decided to make a little present for my MIL, she always admired my bumble bee pincushions, but having stitched it three times already, I wasn’t sure I was ready to stitch it again just yet. I also realised it was also a lot smaller than many people realised – the bee is only about 2″ square!

Whilst I was having a bit of a sort out during lockdown, I found a lovely panel of a bumble bee in a furnishing weight fabric, together with a co-ordinating piece for the backing, isn’t it gorgeous! I bought it at a quilt shoe with the idea of making my mum a cushion,before I realised just how many cushions she had in her room at the time! It was perfect for my MIL.

I decided it needed some kind of simple trim such as piping, just to finish it. I found some thick piping cord in my stash and some smudgy dark drey/black quilting cotton. I cut some bias strips, covered the cord and stitched it round the front panel.

If I’m making cushions for myself, I often don’t put an opening in such as buttons or a zip, I just stitch it up and if it needs cleaning I unstitch it again. However as this was a gift I thought I ought to do it properly! I cut the backing piece in half so it would overlap, finnished the edges and then stitched the front and back together. I found some bee tape in my stash which worked really well for ties, I even managed to alternate the colour of bees across the three pairs of ties.

I had an 18″ cushion pad, so my bumble bee cushion was complete, ready for delivery in an afternoon…and she loves it 🙂

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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11 Responses to As Busy as a Bee

  1. Laura says:

    I love it, too! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. katechiconi says:

    As well she might, it’s lovely!

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  3. I love it. She will enjoy it.

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  4. magpiesue says:

    What a lovely use for that bee panel!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Jane M says:

    Wow, I know there is a back and front but I think you could use both sides as they are equally gorgeous.

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  6. Lizzie says:

    Absolutely lovely.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. CurlsnSkirls says:

    What you find in your stash never ceases to amaze me, Margaret – “absolutely fabulous” gift!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. kathyreeves says:

    What a great stash bust, and such a lovely gift!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. claire93 says:

    what fabulous fabric and cushion!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. tialys says:

    Lucky mother-in-law, it’s lovely.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. nanacathy2 says:

    So do i- she is a lucky MIL.


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