I had long been thinking about making these cushions for my stepdaughter and her VW-loving fiancé. This Christmas offered the perfect opportunity; in November they bought their first home, so the cushions are partly a Christmas present and partly a housewarming gift.
I used Tula Pink’s free coastal cruiser pattern. I have had this bookmarked since the day I first saw it, and I really just wanted any excuse to make it.
I did a few things differently from the pattern:
- I turned under the appliqué pieces and machine sewed them in place instead of just gluing the raw-edge pieces down with fusible webbing.
- I stopped my quilting lines on either side of the van, instead of quilting across the whole design.
- I altered the back slightly to move the opening and add buttons.
- I free-motion quilted the VW logo. (Just do not look too closely!)
I chose the colours to try to match their brown sofa and the blues and browns of cushions they already have. We live far away, and I was not able to check my colour matches, so I hope I have remembered correctly. Secretly, I wanted to make the vans in a burnt orange, the colour I most strongly associate with these vans, but I know that would have clashed with everything in their house.
I would have liked more contrast (light–dark) between the background, roof and window pieces, but I am happy with how they turned out overall.
I was not really thinking clearly when I bought the cushion inserts. I probably should have posted them across the country unstuffed, but I bought good-quality inserts and wanted to send them if the postage cost was not crazy. Luckily, Australia Post’s fees were very reasonable. (I used brute force to stuff them into Australia Post satchels.)
They live in a seaside town and like the beach and surfing. I often associate these VW vans with surfers and the beach, don’t you?
Oh, those are just fabulous! I love the way you’ve arranged the fabric so the patterns make faces for the kombis. They’re very faithful renditions, too. My kombi was sky blue with white trim, and I loved it to bits until it fell to bits! Seriously gorgeous cushions…
At one stage the circular pattern on the pearl bracelets fabric on one cushion had a rather unfortunate resemblance to bra cups, but that seems to have been masked a bit with all the headlights on top. They’re not just cars, are they? They’re vehicles with personality that are given names.
Very cute, a very lucky couple!
These are wonderful Carla! Perfect for a young couple living by the beach! I have long wanted to make these also….maybe they need to go on my ‘to-do’ list?!
ooh love these!
Very very nice Carla!! You are so productive and perfect!! We all admire you! Happy new year….Raelene
Far from perfect!
love your take on this pattern – well done!
I love them. You did a great job of them. I’ve had that pattern bookmarked forever but never got around to it. Good on you!
They turned out lovely, I’m sure they’ll love them!
I think they did. They shared a photo on Facebook with all their friends. The cushions were the only Christmas present to get this treatment, so I am interpreting it to mean they liked them. 🙂
Gorgeous combi, gorgeous blog, keep up the sewing your Dear Jane is fabulous
I will keep on sewing. I cannot help it; it has gone beyond a hobby and become an addiction.
These are absolutely gorgeous. Your colour choices and layouts are what makes them, along with your incredible applique skills of course
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I too made these same cushions for my daughters 1st home a tiny beach cottage near Rockingham, I did go for orange and aqua blues though, great pattern love your softer tones.
Tula must have designed the pattern for daughters. 🙂