'How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon! December is here before its June, my goodness how the time has flown. How did it get so late so soon?' - that quote by Dr Seuss couldn’t be more perfect, doesn’t it just sum up this year so far? With June upon us and the promise of more sunny days and late, light nights I wanted to do something a little jollier than usual for my Minerva Crafts post this month – cloud cushions!

The idea for these cushions came from the Liberty Book of Simple Sewing, which is a delightful sewing book full of homeware projects that's just as lovely to look at as it is to sew from. I've been wanting to make the cloud cushion project for a while but never quite found the moment/anywhere to put them… with my sister-in-law’s birthday on the horizon I thought this was the perfect time to finally put the pattern to the test.

The pattern for these cushions is really quite simple: the book calls for you to photocopy the template and enlarge it by 500% then trace around it onto your fabric. Unfortunately my photocopier skills don’t quite stretch that far so I decided to freehand my cloud drawing instead! It took a few attempts to get my cloud symmetry right but I’m happy with the end result.

Once I’d made a big cloud template and a small cloud template, I then cut two of each from my fabrics of choice. Because this project is heading towards my sister-in-law’s house I chose to make the cushions in her favourite colour: pink! I picked three vibrant, pink polycottons - a cerise mini daisy print, a baby pink daisy print and a candy stripe print. Polycottons are such an easy fabric to work with and great for homeware projects like this as they don’t fray or slip or snag in your sewing machine. They really are a very well-behaved fabric!

To assemble the cushions, you simply place one cloud piece on top of the other (right sides together) and stitch all the way around the edge but leaving a 3 inch gap along the bottom straight bit. Turn your cloud the right way round so that the seams are on the inside and then stuff it full with polyester toy stuffing until it looks like raindrops might actually burst out of it at any moment! Then you simply hand-stitch the gap at the bottom closed. Easy!

So, what do you think? Don’t they look adorable all grouped together? If you’re new to sewing then this is a brilliant little project to start with – so simple yet so effective. Give it a go!