Inspire with a π (+ a free template)


When a teenager is having a birthday, the cute little animals and florals (which I personally love) don't seem to cut it any more. The request for this custom cushion was black and nothing girlie.


Whew! That's a tricky one since most of my fabric stash consists of bright colour and everything girlie. I had 2 layer cake squares in black and charcoal which I cut up into 2.5" squares. I sewed these back together alternating the orientation which gave a really cool checkerboard effect.

I then added the low volume word background piece (on the top). Sandwiched a piece of batting and quilted this piece before trimming it to size and then appliqueing the word. We decided on the word Inspire with the the Pi symbol replacing the pi in the word as the recipient is bit of a maths whizz. 



Also, she's not a fan of pink, so my son decided that we just had to add some pink to her cushion. I've had that pom-pom trim for ages. It's quite fiddly to work with so I decided that slow and steady hand sewing was needed. I found the closest pink thread I had to the neon pink and stitched it down on the seam where the checkerboard and backing meet.

The back of the cushion is a fun black and white tram print. The one thing my son loves to do when we visit with his grandparents in Melbourne is ride the trams, so he thought his friend would like this fabric too.




If you'd like to create a project with the word insπre on it too, I've shared the link to the word which I used.  It's already reversed (for applique) so just download and print out the PDF.


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20 comments

  1. I am sure the birthday girl will love her personalised cushion.

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    1. I'm glad to report that she loved it (and it was just the right amount of pink).

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  2. Hi Anorina this cushion is awesome ,what a beautiful gift for your sons friend,I love the colours that you have used and Thankyou for sharing your template with us,hope you have a lovely weekend my friend xx

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    1. Thanks Shez. She loved it, which makes me really happy. I hope your weekend was a good one and not too cold. We've had some beautiful days here, but the nights are chilly.

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  3. Lovely cushion, and thank you for sharing the word!

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    1. Thank you. I'm really pleased that the recipient liked it (though it took a second for her to figure out what the symbol meant).

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  4. Anytime a girl gets something that it so 'just for her" she will love it. Can you tell someone not really great with a computer how you made those letters? I want to print out the word selvage yard and don't have any idea where to start!

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    1. Hi Patti, I made the letters using word art through Google Draw (which is free).
      I'm happy to create the words you'd like and email the file through to you - I just need your email address :)

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  5. very clever work play and a great result...
    Hugz

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    1. Thanks Fiona. She loved it which makes me happy. It's hard to know what to get for teenagers (other than money or gift cards).

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  6. Wow, this pillow is so sweet. I am sure she will treasure this forever!

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    1. Thanks Rosemary. I'm glad she loved it.
      I hope your and your family are all well and that you have a lovely weekend x

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  7. That is so clever Anorina... & will be a cherished gift I'm sure.
    If the birthday girl doesn't love it... I'll have it for sure...
    Thanks for the template too...xox

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    1. Thanks Cheryll. She did like it, though these teenagers are tricky to make/buy gifts for.
      Hope you have a fab, stitchy week :)

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  8. LOVE it! So very clever! Thanks for the template. You’re so thoughtful.

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    1. Thank you! Hope you're well and having a stitchy weekend xx

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  9. What a great gift!!! LOVE the color combo!

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  10. Love the pi in the word inspire. I love math and my dad would've loved it too. I'm sure the recipient will LOVE it!

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  12. Oh such an inspired cushion! I bet the recipient absolutely loves it!

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