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One of the advantages of being a little local maker is that I can make items to order. I don’t charge anymore to custom make items in my range. In the end, it is the same amount of fabric, the same pattern squares and the same amount of sewing as a regular item.  Because I do it all myself, I don’t need to buy 10 gazillion pieces from a factory, it is really easy. The different fabrics may be a little more expensive or tricky to source, but overall it’s not a deal breaker. 

Anyhow, I had an enquiry about cushions in mustard. Finding the fabric was a little more challenging than I first envisioned, but after a bit of bike riding and a near death experience from a texting driver, I stumbled across this beautiful linen at Tessuti. It is not quite the mustard I had in mind, instead having a little more lemon and gold to it, but it was close, and, the perfect weight for cushion making.

After selecting the fabric I called by MRECHT in Collingwood to pick up matching zips. From there it was home time to start making. With the pieces cut, the edges overlocked and the zips pinned in place it was time to stitch it all together.

Some fabrics can be a real pain to work with; they pull, warp and jam. This linen was the opposite; it flowed through the machine beautifully and was a pleasure to sew. I don’t make the cushion inserts, instead source them from a small business in Sydney called Inner Green. Inner Green inserts are made from recycled plastic water bottles and are produced locally in their workshop. For every kilogram of fibre they produce they recycle about 70 plastic water bottles.

I worry a lot when I make items to order for people. I guess I'm scared they will be disappointed or that I will mess it up somehow. With time and experience I'm getting better at dealing with these feelings and overall I’m really happy with how these cushions have come together, I just hope the new owner loves them too.

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    Alistair Birrell

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