Let’s be honest, you can never have too many cushions really. About every 6 months I find myself getting bored of the current cushion clan and look to add to the ever growing family with something new. The good thing for anyone who likes to get crafty is that cushions are pretty much one of the easiest things to sew in the universe. Generally it’s a square shape, pop on some buttons or zip or extra fabric as a flap and hey-ho, you have a new cushion cover!
I took my cushion-sewing skills to a new level last week with a round, kind of patchwork finish cushion, which was inspired by this awesome OYOY cushion below from Norsu. (Side note – Norsu will blow your mind if you’re into Scandi-style homewares! Check them out)
Ages ago I picked up an orange striped tablecloth from Ikea knowing I would one day want to do something fun with it. (Luckily this one actually came through, I have an overflowing collection of “one day” Ikea projects in my cupboard!) The tablecloth fabric was nice and thick too which worked really well for a cushion cover. It’s sitting proudly along side the awesome new Anemos Dot cushion from Daily Like and am loving the pattern clash.
- Striped fabric (mine is an old tablecloth from Ikea)
- Sewing machine or just a needle and thread
- Cushion stuffing from a craft shop, or just an old pillow
To assemble your three pieces, cut out a large circle on a piece of paper and with your pencil sketch out your 3rds. Cut these out and use them as templates for your striped fabric. You want each piece to face a different direction so play around with it until you’re happy then cut each piece out with an inch or so around the edges, then pin it all together.
Sew each line with your sewing machine, and in the centre make one of the runs overlap so your hole in the centre is all closed up. Trim off any of the excess fabric.
Use your paper template to cut out another circle shape with an inch around the edges and pin this to your other piece, facing each other. Make sure the centre of your patches align with the centre of your circle.
Now get your sew on. I just used a straight stitch here. Leave a small 15-20cm section at one side, so that you can fill with your pillow stuffing.
Trim off the excess fabric around the edges, then just flip it right way out and you’ll be left with your circle like this…
I went with a very profesh approach of dissecting an old pillow, which actually worked pretty well for me! I cut off two corners in a curved shape, then finished my circle shape through the middle of the pillow. Keep the left over pillow though as you can use the stuffing to fill any gaps in your cushion.
If you think my technique for the filling is hilarious (I don’t blame you!) you may find this round insert tutorial on My Poppet helpful.
Right, so you should be left with a filled cushion and an open end like this…
Pin your two pieces together like below, then just finish it all off with some hand stitches in white thread.
It’s not the tidiest job in the world and in a dream situation I probably would have given the cover a zipper too, but hey, it looks pretty darn good to me and my couch is mighty grateful. I hope my random techniques will inspire you to not be intimidated by sewing and have a go too!