Friday, February 4, 2011

Learning to sew box cushions

My latest project is sewing box cushion covers. My husband's Mum did a MG tapestry for him and he asked me to turn it into a cushion. I couldn't buy a ready made cushion infill to fit so needed to buy a foam pad cut to size. The only problem was that I didn't know how to effectively sew a box cushion.

Secondhand bookshop to the rescue! I found a daggy but excellent "how to sew" book that gives very, very clear instructions. If you are going for a retro look it also can give you great fashion advice.
Personally I prefer to stick to using the instructions.

To test out the pattern I successfully made cushions for my restored rocking chair.

Today I made the cushion for my husband's study chair from a tapestry his Mum stitched for him.
Firstly I lined the back of the tapestry to protect the stitching.
Then I sewed the gusset and inserted the zip.
Then the fiddly job of sewing the top and bottom to the gusset. The key is pivoting the corners.
Here's the finished cushion with the book that made it possible.
And the cushion taking pride of place with my husband's MG collection in our study.

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