Hi All. Sorry for the long absence. After thinking that I was going to get loads of time to myself when the little man started full time nursery school things haven’t quite worked out as I had imagined. You never listen to what friends tell you about their experiences and think that you will be the one to break the mould but hey, reality bit. Anyway, as you already know, my house is a total project and with little spare cash and/time things are going very slowly but this project (which I’m afraid took several weeks in little blocks when it really shouldn’t have) is one towards our living room makeover.
I started with some very old and faded cushions which used to belong to our first sofa as a married couple. As you can see they are sooo tasteful!
I have seen a lot of cloud shaped cushions about and fancied making a version of my own so I drew a pattern onto some newspaper that would fit on the original cushion lining fabric as it was a good quality sturdy cotton to hold the stuffing. I did this using a couple of different sized plates for the curves of the cloud in order to get a cleaner line as free hand curves are not my strong point (in fact I find drawing at all a little taxing.) I left the bottom of the pattern straight so that the cushion will sit on the sofa nice and straight.
First I had to unpick the stitching of the lining fabric enough to get the stuffing out. Then pin the pattern piece to the doubled lining fabric and cut making sure to include a 1.5cm seam allowance. Pin the two pieces together (right sides together) and sew a straight stitch all the way round following the curves and pivoting the needle at the points/corners making sure the leave a gap on the straight edge to insert the stuffing. I then used pinking shears to trim the seam allowance so that there wasn’t too much spare fabric when turned right side out in order to keep the curves. Turn right side out.
So insert the stuffing making sure to cram it in to all the small curves. Fold the seam allowance on the bottom of the cushion inner to the inside and either hand stitch together or run a stitch along the bottom with the machine. I used the machine but it was a little tricky due to the bulk of the cushion but it is possible. There you have your basic cushion.
So now you need to do basically the same but with your pretty fabric and in the flat side insert a zip so that you have a removable outer cover that can be washed.
Both my husband and I have been quite impressed with these as they are a great lumbar support when sitting the sofa due to their natural shape. Also as I had all of the supplies in the house already they have not cost us a penny, even one of the pretty fabrics used to be a pair of pyjama bottoms belonging to my little sis. Now go and recycle something ugly into something beautiful. Every seemingly useless thing has a silver lining if you look hard enough. I’d love to know about some of your silver linings!