Thursday, May 29, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014
Bolster cushions are super easy to make. A bolster nestled by your sofas armrest adds a decorative touch and extra comfort. For more interest add piping to the seams in step 3.
14” square cushion insert
20’ fabric50” ribbon
14” square cushion insert
1. Cut one 13 x 19 in rectangle, cut two 3 x 19 in rectangles
2. Zigzag 19 in side on all pieces.
3. Pin and stitch the narrow rectangles on either side of the wider rectangles. Seam allowance is ½ in. Remove pins as you stitch. Zig zag edges. You should now have a 19 in square.
4. Open and press seams flat. Zig zag all edges.
5. Fold the square in half right sides together with the narrow rectangles on the ends. Making sure the seams meet.
6. Pin and stitch 1 in in from the edge to form a tube.
7. Open and iron the seam flat
8. To make the casing turn the edge over twice ½ in each time. Iron to keep in place and stitch around the circumference. If your machine has a removable extension piece remove it while stitching the casing. It makes it so much easier.
9. To thread the ribbon through the casing channel pin one end of the ribbon to a safety pin and enter through one gap and slowly work the pin all around and emerge through the other gap. Repeat on the other end. Turn cover right side out.
To inset the square cushion roll it up and
slowly pull the cover over the cushion. Once the cushion cover is in place pull
the ribbon to gather the sides and tie a bow.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Saturday, May 17, 2014
This week I opened an Etsy shop. Something I had been thinking about for a long time. Please stop by and take a look. Just click on the link on the sidebar.
½ yard linen blend fabric15 x 24 in printed fabric
Fusible web (wonder under)
1 Cut two 12x 16 rectangles from solid fabric, cut two 4 x 24in strips from printed fabric, cut one 7 x 10 in rectangle from printed fabric for seahorses.2 Iron the wrong side of the seahorse fabric to the rough side of the fusible web (or follow product instructions). Trace the seahorse template onto the paper side of the fusible web 3 times and cut out.
3 To position the seahorses on the cushion front, firstly fold the cushion front into thirds along the long side. Place pins at the folds. Unfold the cushion front and place the first and last seahorse on the folds and the centre seahorse will sit between them. There will be about 3 ½ in on the top and bottom edges of the cushion front and the seahorses.
5 Fold the strips in half wrong sides together on the short side and iron to keep the fold. Open and fold the other way so right sides are together and stitch the shorts sides. Turn right side out.
7 Attach pleats to short sides of the cushion front. Place pleats about ½ in from the edges on the top and bottom. Pin and stitch. Remove pins as you stitch.
8 Align the front and back pieces together right sides facing. Measure the zipper length a long the bottom long side and stitch the seam either side of the zipper. Make the seam allowance about ¾ of an inch. Make sure the pleats are not caught in the seam. It’s a good idea to zigzag the edges of the sipper seam at this stage.
11 Partly open the zipper. Align the edges of the front and back pieces right sides together with the pleats sandwiched between the front and back. Stitch around the edges of the three remaining sides to finish the cushion12 Zigzag edges. Turn right side out and insert cushion.
Friday, May 09, 2014
Finished size 31x33cm
Materials90cm cotton fabric
Cushion insert 36x36cm
1 For the front cut two 13x37cm strips and one 13x72cm strip. For the back cut one 30x35 cm piece and one 17x35cm piece.
2 Zigzag down the length of the 72cm strip encasing an 80cm cord. Repeat on the other side.
3 To gather the fabric hold the cord in one hand and push the fabric towards the centre. When gathered it should be the same length as the other two pieces.
4 With right sides together stitch the three strips of fabric to form a rectangle, with the gathered piece in the middle.
5 Unpick the zigzag stitch and remove the cord. The easiest way is with a seam ripper.
6 On the right side of the fabric top stitch down the length of the seams. The front piece is now finished.
7 For the back pieces fold one long side ( 35cm)of each piece under 1cm press and fold under again 1 cm and hem.
8 Place the back pieces on the work surface right side up. They will overlay by about 5cms. Lay the front piece on top right side down. Pin the front and back pieces together and stitch around the rectangles perimeter. Remove pins as you stitch.
Friday, May 02, 2014
Finished size: 41 X41cmFabric name: Lisette 2012
Zipper 30cm (12in)
Insert 41 X 41 cm
1 cut two squares 42 X 42 cm2 zig zag all edges of both squares to minimize fraying
3 place the squares right sides together on your work table lay the zipper on one edge and mark where it starts and ends. Pin and stitch the seam using a 1 cm seam allowance. Leave the zip opening unstitched.
4 place the zip within the tacked section of the opened seam right side down. Position the zip slightly off centre so the zip teeth sit on one seam allowance only. Pin in place and tack.
5 using the zipper foot on a sewing machine place the fabric right side up and stitch the zipper in place to form a rectangle around the zipper. Remove tacked threads.6 partly open zipper. Line up the two squares right sides together. Pin and stitch up the other three sides.
7 clip corners and turn right side out. Insert cushion.