Sparrowkids Cat Cushion
We had great fun making this Cat Cushion from Sparrowkids, it was easy to make and is a great introduction to sewing for children. She has a real sense of pride in what she’s made and can’t wait to start her next sewing project.
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Initial Thoughts: My eight year old daughter is at the age now where she loves craft activities so when she opened the packaging to the Sparrowkids Cat Cushion sewing project, she was over the moon. The packaging says that Sparrowkids’ aim is to introduce children and adults to creativity with well designed products and we couldn’t wait to get started..
We liked: The instructions are very clear and easy to follow and although I helped her to cut out the felt shapes, my daughter was able to manage all of the sewing herself. In essence, all you need to do is cut out the felt shapes and sew them together and it’s so simple that there are even marks on the fabric to indicate exactly where you need to put the needle. I love that the motif that’s pre-printed on the front of the cushion is quite complex and when you look carefully at it – there’s actually ten different animals hidden in it. I also think it’s very good that Sparrowkids have a fair trade policy and that the motif’s on their products are all inspired by nature, which encourages an interest in the environment.
We weren’t keen : Although the cushion looks lovely and is a source of great pride for my daughter as it’s the first thing she’s ever sewn herself, it’s not a snuggly cushion as the material is a little bit rough. Also I’ve used an old fleece cut up for the stuffing, as recommended in the instructions, but it’s a little bit on the lumpy side so I’d recommend cutting whatever you use to stuff your cushion into very small pieces to make yours less lumpy than ours.
Overall : As a craft project for a child, this is excellent and lots of fun. The instructions are so easy to follow and the fact that children can do the majority (if not all) of the work on this means that it’s a brilliant introduction to sewing and crafting. We can’t wait to try out the next kit. I was surprised by how easy it was to follow the instructions and I’m pleased that my daughter was able to manage to do the majority of the work herself – she has a real sense of pride in what she’s made and can’t wait to start her next sewing project. Also, it’s worth highlighting that every purchase of one of these kits means that a donation is made to the RSPB.
Cass [The Frugal Family]