Easy Peasy Crafting for a Beginner – How to make a Mother’s Day Cushion Cover
Can you see that cushion cover in the picture above? Is it not just awful? It even has a mark on it from where a nice chunky lump of coal threw itself at it in a bid to tell the cushion cover just how ugly it was. It’s made of that awful soft suede material and I really don’t know what possessed me all those years ago. Anyway it was time for a change and the one thing that wasn’t ugly or useless about this cushion was the cushion pad itself.
Anybody who’s been online in the last eighteen months or so will have noticed that due to the rise of the homemaker & crafting blogs and a rather large financial crisis, crafting as a pastime has gone beyond being white hot and has now settled happily into something that is part of our lives. We have all discovered new/old skill sets that make us feel a little creative and a lot resourceful. Homemade Birthday, Easter and Baby Shower gifts are becoming the norm and because the standard has been so thankfully raised our gift giving is still of a very high calibre.
If, perchance, you are one of the few who is still a little worried about dipping her toe in to these uncharted waters then I have a little treat for you. Mother’s Day is fast approaching (Sunday, March 22nd here in the UK) and I have the most wonderful way for you to not only give handmade but beautifully made as well.
You’ll need – a packet of needles, a cushion pad, fabric to cover the pad, contrasting fabric to add as decorative hearts, embroidery thread (Anchor or DMC) and some pretty beads.
Find a cushion pad that you have laying about the place but don’t like it’s current cover or purchase one online in the shape and size you’d like to work with.
Cut out two pieces of matching or contrasting fabric making sure that they are approximately 2 inches larger than the cushion pad on all sides.
- Choosing the piece of fabric that you want to act as the front of the cushion decide how you will decorate it. As you can see I have three fabric hearts, all placed at angles and all decorated with stitching, beads or embroidery.
- My Top Tip – embroider any wording on to your hearts first and then pin in place ready to stitch and bead on the cushion directly.
- Sew together the left hand side, the top and the right hand side of your cushion covers together and then place the cushion pad in to the newly formed cushion cover using the opening at the bottom.
- Sew the opening up and plump gently.
You are now staring at a beautiful, handmade cushion cover that will make your Mummy gasp and hug you. “Where is this from? You made it???? You didn’t??? Darling it’s perfect, thank you so much. Who would’ve guessed? Where did you find the time??”
Ahhhh, crafting, it’s worth it for the praise alone!
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