Restocking with more cushions

I managed to get a few pictures of the process this time.  I actually bought this fabric to make a padded seat on top of a toy box but couldn’t resist the opportunity of having a few robots in my cushion collection.

First I cut out a 17″ square of the front fabric and a 17″x22″  rectangle of the back fabric.  I then cut the rectangle of back fabric in half to make two smaller rectangles, each 17″x11″.

The first sewing to be done was the all important zigzag stitch around all the edges to prevent fraying.

I then double folded and pressed one of the long sides of each rectangular piece of fabric before stitching…and then I stitched!

After all this preparation it was simply a matter of pinning the fabric together and sewing.  I placed the front piece of material face up and the back pieces on top, face down and overlapping at the centre.  I pinned this and then sewed all the way around the edges before turning the cushion the right way round.

The label was pinned inside at this point too and sewn into the seam.

I made 2 buttonholes on the outside flap of the back of the cover, measuring from the centre outwards.

 

Then the buttons went on the inside flap of the back cover before putting in the cushion pad and buttoning up.

 

One finished cushion!

And here are the others that followed.

Woodland critters

Spot the narwhal

 

 

Multicoloured monkeys

 

Bears walking in the woods

Cushions

Hooray!  I’ve reached the stage where my cushions are selling so I thought I’d better get a post up about them quickly, more to have a record of what I’ve made rather than how I made them.

I have to say I do love a nice cushion. A huge comfort at the end of a long day, particularly when accompanied with a nice hot cup of tea and, dare I say it, a generous slice of something sweet.

The beauty of sewing things yourself is that choice becomes infinite. It gives you a chance to adorn your home with whichever colours, patterns or prints you desire.  Of course, it made perfect sense to make a few cushions.  What better use for that lovely fabric that I could hardly bear to cut?!

I wanted to make cushions with removable covers – for two reasons.  Firstly, for the more obvious reason of being able to wash the covers and secondly, for ease of posting if I were to sell one in my Etsy shop.

There are many different ways of making a cushion cover – opening at the side, opening at the centre, with zip, without zip, envelope style, with buttons, velcro, with piping or other edging or without…the list is endless.  I had recently discovered the buttonhole foot on my machine – an amazing little piece of equipment!- so finally decided on envelope style with centre opening and wooden buttons to fasten.

I don’t have any photos of how I actually made the cushions but will take some when I make my next lot and put them up on a later post.  Here are some pictures of the ones I have made so far.