Saturday, 31 August 2013

A 'cushy' job

Some time ago a member of my family asked me to make up some cushion covers for their window seat cushions and I, of course, said yes.

Then I got a bit scared...

Despite appearances on this cushion, the print was multi-directional.
These were going to be a fairly major item in a lovely new room.
They'd be on display every day.
They needed to be right!

So I procrastinated....


For a long time...

Then I got fabric and zippers bought off a roll, a very helpful tip that Linda gave me some time back so you are able to buy long continuous lengths.

Metres of top-stitching on each cushion...
Finally I plucked up the courage to get going.
There was a heap of cutting - each cushion was 1.2m long and 55cm wide by 10cm deep.

I cut a top and bottom panel, paying particular attention to the print position.
Then two zipper panels to go at the back.
Then one long strip to go around the front and wrap around the sides to the back and join the zipper panel.

Love this little feature - it just makes them very neat.
I found this great tutorial about creating a small pocket or pouch where the zipper end could be tucked away out of sight.

Fun, colourful fabric from Ikea.
All the fabric was overlocked first then the seams were sewn, pressed open and top-stitched on both sides of the seam for added strength.
Using upholstery thread of course.
I wanted them to be super-strong; capable of withstanding teenagers flopping onto them for years to come.

They look great in their window setting, and as with most tasks, once I was underway, they weren't actually difficult to sew.

11 comments:

thornberry said...

And they look great! Beautifully sewn, of course. oh, household sewing is one of the most difficult to motivate myself for though!

Ellieboo said...

All the best people procrastinate dont you know!! Wow they look totally fantastic.

Cass said...

Awesome

ARTwendy ... said...

Yay! They look amazing! hmmm now I have a window seat too you know! .... in a tricky shape ..... nah, love what I have but in 10 years or so .... excellent work!

Tanya said...

Lucky, lucky family member, I say.

Jane said...

Wow, that is super-impressive! Especially the bit where the zip end tucks away, looks so professional.

Jane said...

Wow, that is super-impressive! Especially the bit where the zip end tucks away, looks so professional.

pandchintz said...

They look great!! Well done!!

Natalie said...

Fantastic, much better than any bought ones! I love the fabric too

Becky said...

That's beautiful! I haven't check blogs or update mine for a long time. I can't believe you are still so proactive (from EB days). I love your blog.

Gillian aka Silly Gilly said...

They're fabulous! I've made some similar sized ones for a gal's pool seating. I wish I had found the tutorial you linked to before I had to tackle mine. I love the hidden end of zip feature. Very professional looking. Good job!