Take one piece of fabric, a pair of scissors and some thread…..
One of the simplest, quickest and cheapest ways to freshen up or transform a room is cushions. Now, we know that cushions can sometimes feel like overkill on the craft scene, but stay with us! Try swapping the chintz florals for some cool, retro fabric, with a super swift envelope opening and we promise, you will be amazed at how much bang you get for your creative buck.
The ideal first project for a beginner, and also a great way to use those coveted scraps which are too small for anything else. Add 1 hot iron, your trusty sewing machine and we can show you how to whip one up in minutes!
If you are just settling in to your first project take a look at the article on how to get started with your new sewing machine first. This’ll be the perfect first project, once you’ve gotten acquainted with your machine with a little help from that post.
Ready? OK, lets get started.
Tailors chalk or pencil
Piece of scrap paper or card
1 x cushion inner (You can pick these up at homeware and sewing stores).
Piece of medium weight cool fabric of choice.
Place your cushion inner on top of your card/paper and trace around it to make a template. Add on a 1cm seam allowance all the way around. You don’t have to be too exact here but do ensure that your lines are fairly straight and that your angles are 90 degrees. Cut out your shape. Don’t worry if it looks like it might be too small; like most things in life, we want this cushion to be nice and tight- not loose and flabby!
Using our template and working on the ‘wrong’ side of the fabric, we are going to trace and cut out the following pieces:
1) Cut 1 x whole square. This will form the front side of the cushion.
2) Cut 2 x ¾ square sections. This sounds confusing but it’s really very simple!
Using our same template fold it in half to find the center, and then fold one half once more, all lengthways in the same direction and press. This will give you a shape which is just smaller than the front. Together, these 2 pieces will overlap to form the back side of the cushion.
Set aside your front piece and start to work on your two ¾ back pieces.
The side of the fabric which is missing the ¼ of the template will now be hemmed. Use your iron to fold and press this seam, then sew. Do this to both pieces in the same way. You may wish to use pins or just fingers to keep the hem in place as you sew. Also try repositioning your machine needle to one side so that your stitches can get right on the edge. Once finished, press.
We are now going to assemble our cushion ready for the final seam. You’re almost there! Lay your 1 x front piece right side UP. Next, lay your 2 x ¾ back sections on top, right side DOWN, like a sandwich. The two hemmed sides should be overlapping across the middle of the sandwich. Each piece of fabric should now be facing inwards, right sides together.
Line up your edges until you are happy with the placement. Place a few pins here and there just to keep everything in place while you’re working. Now go ahead and sew all the way around the perimeter of the ‘sandwich’. Use a 5mm seam allowance and be sure to go over the start and finish point a couple of times to ensure that your lovely sewing stays put over time.
Carefully snip all four corners off, taking care not to go too close to your stitches. Now open up the shape via the envelope opening at the back and turn your cushion the right way around. All that is left to do is turning out the corners and giving it a light press. Use closed scissors to gently push in to each corner and ease the fabric in to a crisp right angle. You might give a light press with the iron, taking care not to apply too much pressure or heat at the corners, which can leave the fabric permanently scorched and shiny.
Finally we need brute force to get that cushion inside your new cover. It may seem like you have made it far too small but fear not; this means that the cover will look nice and plump once on. Push the cushion in, really pulling the corners of the inner in to the corners of the case. Give it a good beating to fluff it all up. And voila! You see, told you it was easy peasy!
Hopefully now that you have completed your first project with finesse, or brightened up a grey spot in your home, you are feeling spurred on to make a few more, and embark on the next exciting project.
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