Hello Dear Reader,
As promised, here is some very basic sewing to make an envelope cushion, that's a cushion without any zippers of buttons. I'm using luxury heavy weight linen, in a hydrangea design. I want my living room to look like one of those rooms in 'House and Gardens' but mine will be upcycled, freecycled and scrounged as I have precisely zero pounds to spend on it. This fabric is from a sample book in a curtain shop that was disposed of, it came to me via a friend who saw it being thrown out and I'm very glad of the donation.
I have cushion pads which are 18" by 18", which I want to be firm so I will make the cover slightly smaller to squash the cushion pad in. I started by measuring my offcuts, which are from a sample book, they are approximately 21" by 21". I needed three of these to make my cushion cover. You could use a piece of fabric which was 21" by 63" if you have it. I like natural fibres as they are easier to work with and run away screaming from man made fibres as they are a devil to sew with.
I ironed it all and then pinned and sewed the top edge (the edge away from me) with a quarter inch seam, I'm not precise but roughly about that much.
I then sewed all three pieces together with the same seam allowance.
You can see my fabric is themed, tonal but certainly doesn't match. I can't afford to buy any fabric so I use what I can upcycle or that has been given to me. Being frugal sometimes means not being fussy but making the most of what I have.
I pressed the seams out from the middle.
I then took both raw ends and folded a one inch turn and ironed.
I then turned again and ironed again.
Here is the finished seam and then turn over and iron the right side as this will be visible and you want it to look neat.
Next, with the right side on the inside, fold over your cushion pad so you have a four inch (or thereabouts) 'opening' - the overlap means the cushion will sit neatly without needing any buttons or a zip. Pin carefully secure the 'size' you want, without pinning to the cushion pad, which you are going to slide out.
You need to check your central panel, if you have used offcuts, is in the centre and you might need to un-pin and reposition. I then sewed a half inch seam on either side and then ironed both sides to make sure it was completely flat.
When everything was crisply ironed, I stuffed the cushion pad inside and here's the finished result.
Here are the two I have made so far and I'm going to make six more for my living room.
This is the one I've made today.
Here's what the back looks like, on the cushion I made yesterday.
The cushion pads cost me £1.35 (or 65?) each, which is exactly what the cushions have costed each. I make things out of old fabric that was either from a charity shop, thrown away, from a jumble sale and I make do and mend. I want my house to be homely and comfortable and I have no disposable income for refurbishments so I have to be creative. You could use denim, or jumble sale or charity shop curtains or any substantial weight of fabric to make your cushions.
I have a lot to do to my house next year and I'm going to have to be ingenious to do most of it. Anyone else doing up a house on the square root of naff all? We can swap ideas. I hope this tutorial was useful and as requested there will be a 'star block' tutorial soon.