I find there’s nothing quite as satisfying as making something for your home, cushions are a particularly good make as the construction of the cover that goes over the cushion can remain the same, and then you can add as much or as little detail to the case through embroidery, beading or applique etcetera as you like. I love ribbons and decided to incorporate these into my design . . .
Time to make – 1 hour 30 minutes
Skill level – Beginner to Intermediate
You will need -
- Cushion pad insert – I used a 16 inch cushion insert
- Ribbons – roughly a metre of each
- Twine – roughly 2 metres of each
- Scissors and pinking shears
- Tape measure
How to make -
The instructions and dimensions below are for a 16 inch cushion and the dimensions will need to be adjusted accordingly if you are using a larger or smaller cushion.
- Start by cutting out two rectangles of fabric 41 centimetre in width and 46 centimetre in length marking a 1 centimetre seam allowance along sides A, B, C and D (see diagram below). On side D use an iron to press the 1 centimetre seam allowance in place.
- Cut the ribbons and twine into 25 centimetre lengths using pinking shears.
- Pin the ribbons equidistant along side D lining the edges of the ribbon up to the fold line. Stitch along the seam allowance using a sewing machine.
- On the same side (D) measure 5 centimetres from the stitched seam allowance and press using an iron. Stitch 1 centimetre from this fold line using a coloured thread similar to your ribbons.
- Pin both rectangles of fabric together so that both right sides are facing each other. Using a sewing machine, stitch the 1 centimetre seam allowance around sides A, B and C.
- Stitch each of the six buttons in place by hand, making sure to position each directly over the ribbons, stitching through both the ribbon and twine when attaching each button.
- Insert the cushion, tying the ribbons and twine into a bow to secure in place.
Hints and tips
You can use as many ribbons as you like to create the tie. Ribbons with a width of around 2 centimetres works best, however this is dependent on the size of the cushion that you are making. The larger the cushion the wider the ribbons can be!