Mother Appeal DIY: A heart in my hand cushion tutorial

Posted by Amelia Glynn Online Fashion Content Assistant

26th Feb 2014

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Do you want to make some amazing things and raise money to give mums around the world the lift they need to change the future?  Now you can...as part of Oxfam's Mother Appeal, the UK government is currently matching fundraising efforts pound for pound*, so there's never been a better time to get involved.  And the best bit is that you can do anything you want to raise money so why not get crafty, get your friends together and make one of these! You could ask for a donation to come along, keep everyone topped up with tea and cakes and make some fab things : )

Here is a craft idea by Danille Dammes- thanks so much for the post Danielle!


This is a step by step guide to make a very easy cushion. The beauty of this project is that you can decorate it any way you like, depending on what materials you have to hand.

On a trip to my local charity shop I found this jumper and a cushion pad that had perhaps seen better days. To make the cushion, I also used fabric paint, which is available at all craft shops, some scrap material, and a sewing kit.

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Step by Step

Step One: First of all I folded the jumper in half and drew half a heart shape. I then cut this out making sure that I cut through all the layers. This should leave two heart shapes. These will be the front and back of your cushion.

Step Two: Next, take your scrap piece of fabric and cut a smaller heart shape, then sew this to the middle of one of the larger heart pieces. I used a sewing machine, but this can be done by hand. You can then use this smaller heart shape as a guide to neaten up the larger one.

Step Three: Now the fun bit, draw a hand shape in the middle of the smaller heart. I had a little help, but if you haven't got a child to hand (get it?!) you can always draw one free hand (I can't help myself!)

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Step Four: Now paint the hand shape with fabric paint. Don't worry if you're not too neat, you can always cover this up later with embellishments. If you make a big mistake with the paint, worry not, it can be corrected at this stage- just wash it off. Now you need to leave it to dry.

Step Five: After it has dried, cover your design with a clean cloth and iron over it. This makes the design permanent.

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Step Six: Now you can really go to town and decorate it. I embroidered around the outside of the hand, and added a felt heart to the centre. Feel free to go for it and make it your own.

Step Seven: Now pin the two heart shapes together right sides facing and stitch around, leaving a small gap for turning.

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Step Eight: Turn it inside out and stuff it full of stuffing. I used the inside of the cushion pad.

Step Nine: Stitch the opening closed and you're done! I finished it off with a little crochet trim around the heart shape to neaten it up. Couldn't be easier!

Many thanks to Danielle Dammes for this brilliant craft blog post! Check out Danielle's twitter and website for more crafty ideas : )

To find out more about fundraising to support the Mother Appeal, visit our website and make sure you check out the downloadable kit : )


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