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ADVENTURES IN CUSHION MAKING

ADVENTURES IN CUSHION MAKING

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I've had a little idea brewing in the back of my mind. I constantly want soft furnishings that I just can't find anywhere. Or I find the sort of thing I want but it's not quite right. Or it is right and it's far too expensive. Wouldn't it be awesome if like, I could just make this stuff myself?

Oh hang on a minute... I can.

I roped in a friend who also just so happens to be a textiles teacher to start me on my first project, learning how to make cushions! Not the actual cushion with feathers and stuff (come one now, don't be silly) but a cover. Here's some pics!

Heading out of the door on a Saturday afternoon to learn about cushion cover making. Time for a quick trainer selfie though, obvs. 

Heading out of the door on a Saturday afternoon to learn about cushion cover making. Time for a quick trainer selfie though, obvs. 

I'm introduced to the sewing machine, There are feet, bobbins, needles, things that need to go clockwise, straight stitch, zig zag stitch.... argh! This one is super high tech and cost about 500 quid. It's gotta be good for that price right? It has electronic buttons and stuff like that which makes me think it's awesome.

I'm introduced to the sewing machine, There are feet, bobbins, needles, things that need to go clockwise, straight stitch, zig zag stitch.... argh! This one is super high tech and cost about 500 quid. It's gotta be good for that price right? It has electronic buttons and stuff like that which makes me think it's awesome.

My teacher Emma has brought some black cotton to make some basic covers. We use a cushion cover she already has as a size template and cut our pieces of fabric out to pin together. Pretty simple so far!

My teacher Emma has brought some black cotton to make some basic covers. We use a cushion cover she already has as a size template and cut our pieces of fabric out to pin together. Pretty simple so far!

A cup of coffee and getting stuck in...

A cup of coffee and getting stuck in...

I'm using a concealed zip, which means I have to work out which side it needs to go on and which bit needs to be facing up or down. Think I've done it right. 

I'm using a concealed zip, which means I have to work out which side it needs to go on and which bit needs to be facing up or down. Think I've done it right. 

Just a few notes...

Just a few notes...

Not too shabby after all that! I went a bit wonky in places but it's not majorly obvious. The concealed zip makes it look quite smart! She also showed me how to add a rope trim which I'll be doing on my own.

Not too shabby after all that! I went a bit wonky in places but it's not majorly obvious. The concealed zip makes it look quite smart! She also showed me how to add a rope trim which I'll be doing on my own.

Me with the finished cushion cover which is now being showcased to the world on Emma's sofa.

Me with the finished cushion cover which is now being showcased to the world on Emma's sofa.

Thanks to Emma for teaching me in such a great way! I feel happy to give this a go at home myself. Stay tuned for some awesome cushion designs coming your way. 

Next I'm trying to convince her to teach me how to make curtains! Have you ever tried making anything yourself at home?

S x


LIFESTYLE FOR LESS: SLEEK OLIVE

LIFESTYLE FOR LESS: SLEEK OLIVE

BEFORE + AFTER: KITCHEN

BEFORE + AFTER: KITCHEN