These cushions are for a friend who has a large piece of land, a beautiful garden and a new summer house which she built last year. It sits on top of a slope and looks out over the garden and the town nearby. In the garden are flowers and vegetables, sheep, a goat and some chickens. The summer house is furnished with sofas, chairs, book cases, fairy lights and other lovely things. We spent a glorious afternoon last summer, looking at the view, drinking tea and enjoying the warm weather. When I saw this fabric, I thought of her. These cushions will be perfect for her little house. They can be made in two to three hours (if you are not photographing each stage as well). The glory of cushion covers is that you only need 1/2 metre of fabric to make two and therefore you can buy more expensive fabric if you fancy it.
You will need furnishing fabric and a little over 2 metres of wide bias binding as well as 2 1/2 metres of cord.
I bought 1/2 metre of fabric which was 150cm wide, enough for two square or one oblong (44cm x 27cm) and one square cushion (33cm x 33cm). I really had to squeeze the oblong cushion out, but I have done it before and by only putting cording on the two short ends, it becomes a bit posh. The square cushion has the cording on all four sides.
Here's how I did it:
|The fabric. Who could resist it?|
|The cushions. Both just cheap cushions from IKEA. |
Warning. If you are going to cover a bold print with a light fabric, you will need to line it. These were okay as the fabric is heavy.
|Here you can see the fabric folded over and I have measured the bias binding to be longer than the sides of the cushion. Better to err on the big side.|
|Pinning the binding and the cord.|
|Stitching the binding with a zipper foot as close to the cord as possible.|
|Fold the oblong fabric in half and mark the fold with a little notch. I have put the seam binding under the notch so you can see it better.|
|Twisting the cording at the very end to give a neat finish when you stitch the cushion together.|
|Fold the cushion cover in half, right sides together and stitch along the previous line of stitching, ensuring that you have twisted the raw edge of the cording for a neat finish.|
|Stitching the end with the cording twisted to the outside and coming out a little. This will give a finished edge on the right side of the cushion cover.|
|Stitch about one third of the long edges together from each side.|
|Backstitch to secure the seam.|
|Pin or tack the cording around the edges of one side, clipping the binding to ease around the curve of the corners. It will look better if it is curved and it is easier to sew this way.|
|Stitch the cording onto the right side of one square, overlapping and twisting both ends and stitching right through them to make a neat edge. I always do this at the bottom of the cushion.|
|The finished cushions (almost). Just waiting for hand stitching.|
|Here are two I made earlier.|