One very special pug-on-a-bike cushion…

I’ve been holding out on posting this little beauty for a while now as it was a Christmas present and I didn’t want to spoil the surprise (Merry Christmas by the way)! But I thought that now we’re floating through the in-betweeny limbo week between Christmas and the New Year, I’d take the opportunity to tell you about one very special pug-on-a-bike cushion!
blog2-01This cushion cover was commissioned as a gift for my Californian friend John, by his lovely Mum, earlier in the year. Created as something for John to remember his time in Rotterdam once he’d moved onto pastures new in the US and beyond! As a passionate cyclist and pug owner, this is what we came up with!
blog1-01We’ve got an appliqued blue bike, complete with polka dot tyres with hand-embroidered spokes and mud-guards; a running stitch dirt-trail adorned with personalised hand-embroidered text; and the crowning glory of this very special pug-on-a-bike cushion…the PUG. She’s called Nora by the way and based on a real Nora the pug!
blog3-01This little hand drawn illustration has been translated onto the fabric through delicate hand-embroidery, making this cushion truly one of a kind! She has a little pink tongue, fat rolls and a quizzical expression…very like Nora the real pug!
The background fabric for the cushion cover is beautifully soft oatmeal linen and the back fabric is a gorgeous bike printed mustard linen by the japanese fabric designers Echino. I’ve used a zip opening instead of my usual buttons as I didn’t want to disrupt the beautiful bikes travelling across the reverse!
015_edit_smlAll my cushions come fully lined, with any raw internal edges finished with a tight zigzag stitch and a special ‘The Crafty Prawn’ fabric label for that extra professional finish.
Have a look at my ‘ready-to-ship’ cushions here, or if you’d like to commission your own special one-of-a-kind personalised cushion with an embroidered pet of your choice (!) then just drop me a message at

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