Thursday, June 24, 2010

my creative space ... cushions

This week has been a huge week for finishing projects ... which means more time for me to tackle the ever increasing crafty "to do" list. New cushions for the family room have been on the list for months. Last week, I found some really lovely red linen/cotton fabric, so I printed it with a white artichoke flower with the veiw to it becoming a cushion. Yesterday, I got around to actually making it up ...


I make pretty simple envelope style cushions becasue they're quick and easy - here's how ... The printed panel is 45cm x 45 cm, so I decided to back it with some denim. I use a ratio of 1:1.5 when it comes to the backing fabric, using the panel as a pattern (of sorts - see below) ...


Then I cut the demin in half, overlock the edge and press over to form a hem. Then it's just a matter of sewing the hem ... in this case, I used a pretty, fancy stitch in a contrasting thread ...


Do that to both peices of demin. Then, with all of the right sides facing each other, pin your cushion together ...


Once you've sewn it around all four edges, overlock it, snip the corners, turn inside out, press and you're done! I use a 18 inch cushion insert for mine, but you could also use a 16 inch.


Once you've made one, you be whipping up heaps of cushions in no time!


ARTichoke fabric panels and Circa fabric available online here. More creative spaces here. Have a great Thursday!

28 comments:

Catherine said...

I've been planning to make some cushions for a while - thanks for reminding me that it's not so hard!

LeelaBijou said...

Thanks for the tips! Beautiful cushions :)

sue niven said...

Your print and cushion is delightful, Just so lovely and fresh well done!

little grubs said...

Beautiful cushion - very envious of your printing - it really is gorgeous! x

Kelly Ingram said...

Gorgeous design! I'm a huge fan of the envelope cushion covers too.

Wendy said...

Love the artichoke flower, Nic---gorgeous!

Chicken Willow said...

Love the red fabric Nic. xx

Teek said...

beautiful cushions.... I used to make envelope cushions until i found http://kirinote.blogspot.com/2009/10/how-to-sew-cushion-cover-with-invisible.html
and they are SOOOOOO easy...
Beautiful design and colour again.
Tanya

angelina said...

i love your pillow, and that s my favorite stitch on JAN. i too used recycled denim from jeans to make a MONK bag for my friend this week, not posted yet, to keep a surprise :)

Jennie said...

The artichoke flower is so effective!
Gorgeous on the red.

Mel said...

Hey stranger! GORGEOUS cushions. I've kinda muddled my way through the envelope cushions a few times now (and sometimes, if I'm feeling energetic I put a few buttons to close it all up on the back), but I have never thought to do some fancy stitching like that in the contrasting colour - very lovely!

Good on you for crossing something off the list!

Michelle said...

They look lovely. The print on the red is stunning.

dash robin said...

mmm...pretty. love botanical style prints and this is great.

BOB & MABEL said...

They look fantastic, great job!

beck said...

Fabulous, fabulous cushions! I love the artichocke design and the flower effect, gorgeous xo

plushka said...

Beautiful print! Looks very stylish on red. It must be a very proud feeling to have items in you house made from you own fabric! I loved your post about how you started and got into the fabric printing business. It's very inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

gretchenmist said...

they look fantastic!

by marie-nicole said...

Love it, it's gorgeous. Your artichoke design repeated makes a great flower... and the colour is just divine.

Juicy Roo said...

Lovely work Nic! Who needs zippers!?!

Knicky Knacks said...

Oh, that's special and looks so good against the fabric on the chair. Gorgeous prints you've made there.

Fruitful Fusion said...

What a gorgeous cushion!!! Love it!

Posie Patchwork said...

Now that is style!! Great work, love Posie

Penny said...

So pretty!!!

melissa said...

LOVE that fabric! Just gorgeous.

Sally said...

Awesome Nic. Great cushions indeedy.

koralee said...

These are beautiful! I so love linen and add the fact that it is red..the perfect combination. Thanks for sharing. xoxox

Susan L (lily40au) said...

the cushions look fantastic and baced with black denim ... a winner in my book. cam at curlypops is doing something similar (fabric wise) for me so i'm a great fan of what you've done.
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74 Lime Lane said...

More gorgeous uses of your fabrics Nic. These are great.