Over the Christmas break, I started collecting fabrics to make some new cushion covers… Liberty cotton offcuts, tea towels and a wool scarf I found on sale for £9.
I was planning to cut a square of the Liberty fabric and then stitch a length of the wool scarf on top, because this would have been really quick and simple… but I didn't have quite enough Liberty fabric. So I had to make a series of panels instead. After a bit more time and quite a bit of maths, I worked out the correct sizes and started cutting out and stitching.
I made the cover removable, by adding an envelope back and buttons. I had to dig out my sewing machine manual because I hadn't made buttonholes before, but it's actually very simple once you know how! I used a bright orange thread for the buttonholes for contrast. Cushion covers are expensive to buy but so cheap and easy to make. You can use any type of fabric too… blankets, tea towels, curtains, jumpers, scarves. I'm planning a few more!
The sun rises on this side of the house, so I've arranged one of our Ercol chairs in front of the window, with a Donna Wilson cushion I picked up at the recent sample sale and my new cushion cover on top. Behind it is the old pine cabinet I spent ages sanding back (it was stained a dark, almost mahogany brown when we moved in). So now I have a little happy corner!
… ah, simple pleasures, eh!