I'm making a few handmade bits and bobs at the moment, all in a state of 'need to get on with and finish that soon', but apparently, you will now find me in IKEA mid-week making up extra projects that will take priority. But I really wanted to try this and it really didn't take me very long.....
It's chilly and we NEED gingham and sequins.
What I Used:
1 x tea towel [IKEA 50cm x 70cm £3 for 2]
50cm sequin trim [£1 Hobbycraft]
1 feather filled cushion [Dunelm 36cm x 36cm £2.99]
To start, fold one tea towel in half, with the seams facing inside, widthways and map out your wording or design with the sequin trim to gauge the length required and style that you want:
Once happy with your text, begin gluing in place from the underside and press down to secure:
Do not worry at all about being too neat and today - the glue dries clear and is easy to wipe
away if it gets too messy - use a damp cloth to remove any excess:
Leave to dry overnight....
...magic. You'd never know I had been so messy in my method.
Check all sequins are firmly in place and use this opportunity to make any corrections or add any extra glue. Next we are on to constructing the cushion. For this, I used my sewing machine, but you can use the fabric glue as a no-sew option, as this method is the quickest and easiest in creating a cushion cover:
The two pieces of tea towel have already been hemmed, so join these as close to edges as possible with a simple running stitch, Start from the right side to left, until you reach around 5cm from the cushion length measurement marked on the left side:
Remove the pins and turn your cover right sides out:
It's not the most 'finished' or technically put together slip cover - but it is simple, easy and [I hope] - pretty and festive - perfect for temporarily living on my sofa for the season:
- The already hemmed edges of the tea towel will be visible on the bottom seam of your cushion - you can use a seam remover to neaten up if you would like, or cut the stitches with scissors and remove - don't worry - your stitches will remain in place!
- You can add fastenings such as poppers, buttons, ribbon ties or a zip if you would like to create a different finish to the cushion cover.
- The IKEA tea towel came in two slightly different colourway patterns, create a range of scatter cushions with different words or in different sequin colours - this is on my to-do list.