How To Make Your Own ‘No-Sew’ Christmas Cushion
Ooooh, my goodness!! It’s the first of December!!! I was awake for about 2 minutes this morning before I remembered there was an advent calendar downstairs with vegan chocolate goodness inside. Today my little chocolate square had a bauble on it. How cute is that Christmas pudding cushion?! I got it Sainsbury’s this year; I love it.
Today my little chocolate square had a bauble on it. How cute is that Christmas pudding cushion?! I got it Sainsbury’s this year; I love it.
I found some fabulous Christmas jumper patterns (4 tiles to create a repeat pattern) on Spoon Graphics and quickly downloaded!
As soon as I saw the reindeer pattern and read the first comment on that particular blog post, I had to create my full-size pattern (the clean one).
The huge sizes that were created using the tiles meant that I was able to print on a massive scale. Of course, I had to print my fabric. I also plan to print it on the card to use in my December Daily album this year (I’m so excited!).
I decided that I wanted to make huge Christmas sack (depended on how much the fabric printing cost) or a cushion. I got the fabric from bags of love, and I ordered the pattern on Lima Cotton Twill.
You can order a set of swatches from them, and I recommend that I will be doing that in future.
I didn’t even know there were that many varieties of material!
I was very impressed with the quality of their Paris Chiffon material, ooooh it would make a beautiful scarf for my Granny. With a giant picture of one of my cats and me full size! I’m joking.
Just in case you thought I had lost the plot ^_^
Ok on with the tutorial! When this fabric arrived, I realised that my cushion cover didn’t have to go through the sewing machine and I could take the ‘lazy bones’ option. Out with the glue gun!
You Will Need:
- Fabric of your choice (my cushion was tiny, 10″x10″, so I only had to order half a yard)
- A Cushion
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
- Pinking Shears
- Cut out at least half a yard if the fabric and trim all sides using pinking shears, to avoid fraying.
- Luckily my pattern was printed landscape, so I didn’t have to do any cutting.
- Fold one side of the fabric a little, to create a seam.
- Take the other piece of fabric and fold it across the front of the cushion. Take the fabric you had previously created a ‘seam’ with one small fold and pull it across.
- Imagine you are wrapping a Christmas gift.
- Add a small dollop of glue and secure. (I will explain why to use small dollops at the end of the post!)
- At the bottom of the ‘gift’, you need to make two corners by taking the very edge of the fabric and pulling it across to create a little triangle of fabric.
- Repeat on the other side.
- You can see that the sharp pinking shears edge will need to be hidden. That picture is me peeling the hot glue off the fabric when I made a mistake. That is why I decided to use hot glue instead of sewing!
- Make another neat seam and secure with a few dots of hot glue.
- Fold the flap up and glue to ‘gift.’
- Repeat at the other end
I love it!
Why Use Only Small Amounts Of Glue In This Project:
The nature of the Lima Cotton Twill means that I can remove the small dots of hot glue with microscopic trace. It’s not a permanent project, and I will be able to reuse the fabric! Wayhey!
My lights look good, don’t they? I’m looking forward to all the decorating ^_^
I love my Christmas slippers!
Have you seen anything in the shops/catalogues this year that made you instantly say “GIVE ME THOSE IMMEDIATELY!”. That’s what I did with those slippers.
If you’ve seen any quirky cushions or decorations that look incredible, please send me a link! I’m a flippin shopaholic.
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