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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Homemade Cushion covers

For this post, I will be showing you how to make your very own cushion covers perfect for gift idea or nice little touches for your home!

It is a fiddly thing but the result makes you feel so happy and proud as you have made something yourself.

You can either hand stitch it or use a sewing machine if you have one.

I will show you how to make a basic, plain cushion cover and then at the end include three designs I made as gifts for friends/family!

So here is 'Homemade Cushion covers'...


What you will need:
a cushion pad (the inside of the cushion basically)
material of your choice
thread that matches your material colour (or white if it is patterned)
a zip the length of just over half the size of one of the pads sides
pompom trim to go around (optional)
fabric chalk
pins
scissors
felt for your design (like I said I will show you three)
A sewing machine or needles and thread

I used an 45x45cm cushion pad therefore needed a metre of fabric (the fabric had two pieces together so it was 2 metres of it for the price of one) and two metres of the pompom trim.

So let us begin:
1. Turning your chosen material inside out (the print facing each other), measure out the cushion pad whilst adding an extra 2 or 3cms for the seam allowance. Please make sure the material is flat (no bumps). Use the fabric chalk to draw the outline out as this will eventually disappear over time! Once you have done this, cut it out!

2. Making sure the material is still flat, place the pompom at the 2 or 3cm you left for the seam allowance and pin it down. You are now ready to sew yey!

What it should look like!
What it looks like inside with the pompom trim!
3. If you are hand stitching then take the needle and thread and start sewing along the lines leaving one side untouched - don't even sew it together yet! This is the same if you are using s sewing machine- make sure you are sewing the pompoms too!

4. Three sides should be sew together so turn it right side out and this is the test to see if the pad still fits! If it does then excellent! If it doesn't then just unpick it a side and sew a bit more material from the allowance you left!
Once it fits, cut off some of the seam allowance as you have sew so it should be secure now.

5. For the zip (I hate doing these so much), take the fourth side of the cover and place the zip in the centre.
Now, fold the material over and place the zipper in between. I think it is best to open the zip so you now roughly want it should look like once you have sew it on but it is up to you whether or not you do this.
Ok deep breath, it's now time to sew both sides (the front side with the pompoms so they cover the zip) but please make sure you don't sew the side together otherwise you wont be able to open the cover up.


Zip in place, it is ready to be sewn!
6. Open the zip up, turn right side out and place the pad inside and there you have it!
Here is mine:

Now for the three designs:
BEE
What you will need: felt (black, yellow, white), thread
Find or draw out a basic bee outline and cut out the different sections (wings, stripes, main body and head).
Pin the sections to the correct colour and cut out. Then sew all of the sections together making sure they are firmly together.
Place in the centre of the front side only of the cover, sew it on and you have just made a sweet cushion cover!
TEACUP
 What you will need: felt (your chosen colour for the teacup, a colour for the teacup trim -on mine it was yellow- a light brown for the tea and a colour for the design -mine was blue and green for the flower pattern-), thread
Find or draw out a basic teacup outline and cut out the different sections (the teacup, the pattern on it if you have one and the trim around the cup). Pin the sections to the correct colour, cut out and sew all of the sections together tightly. Then sew it onto the front side only of the cover, sew the tea cup shape with the same colour as your trim and you have just produced a cover perfect for those who love a good cuppa!
PANDA
 What will you need: felt (black, white, pale pink), thread
Find or draw out a basic panda face outline and cut out the different sections (eyes, ears, nose and mouth). Pin the sections to the correct colour and cut out. Then sew all of the sections together and sew it onto the front side only and you have created such an adorable cushion!

Well there you go! How to make your very own cushion cover from scratch!
If you make one then please send me a pic, I would love to see your creation!
Until next time
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All photographs are my own!

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