So finally, after the second most long, boring and painful saga (second only to mine!) my Sister called me this week to say that contracts had been exchanged and that she is able to move into her new house any day! Yippee!
I intend to make her something much more substantial in due course, but as a quick house-warming present that I could sling in the post by the weekend I whipped up a gorgeous (well, I think it is anyway!) ruffled circular cushion with vintage crochet trim…
Excuse the pictures – Not the greatest snaps I’ve ever taken but, hey, what’s new?!
My big Sis is a real ‘girlie girl’ and loves pink, roses, all that jazz, so fabric selection wasn’t difficult at all. The backing fabric was even easier to choose as she was with me when I bought the remnant for a whopping 50 pence (steady now!) and she adored it even then…
Would you like to make your own? (Not that I wish to take the sheen off of my gift, but they really are SUPER easy to make and very quick!)
You will need:
- 18 inch circular cushiom pad (mine was feather filled, but you can use anything)
- A crocheted doily, smallish in size
- 20×20 inch square of backing fabric (heavier weight works best)
- 6 squares of cotton fabric (contrasting or coordinating – whatever you want for your design) cut to 9.5 x 9.5 inch
- Coordinating cotton thread and sewing needle
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Ruler and marking tool
- Take your 20×20 inch square of backing fabric and draw a circle 18 inches in diameter in the centre (I’ve not alowed extra fabric for seam allowances as, in the past, this has resulted in a loose fitting cushion. I prefer to make cushion covers slightly smaller to ensure that they are plump and firm when the pad is added!) Cut out the circle and put it to one side.
- Take the six squares of cotton fabric 9.5 inches and sew them together into a long strip. For obvious directional prints keep the pattern running the same way as if you are creating a banner.
- Fold the newly created long strip of fabric in half (right sides together) and sew along short edge to create a continuous circle of fabric.
- With right sides together, pin (yes pin! I never pin anything, but you really need to this time!) the long edge of your ring of fabric all along the edge of your circle of backing fabric.
- Stitch all around the circle, removing the pins as you go and avoiding tucks or puckers…
- Clip the seam allowances all around
- Turn out the right way and insert your cushion pad.
- Using your cotton sewing thread and needle make a line of running stitches all around the open edge of the cushion and gather… This creates all those beautiful pleats. Tie off thread
- Using your cotton sewing thread and needle hand-sew the vintage crocheted doily to the centre of your cushion…