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 Sainsburys 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 own 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 own fabric. I also plan to print it on 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 to be printed on Lima Cotton Twill (I don’t know why, I knew what ‘cotton twill’ was, so I hoped for the best). 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 me and one of my cats full size! I’m joking. But just incase 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)
Hot Glue Gun & glue sticks
- Cut out at least half a yard if 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 corner 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 absolutely love it!
Why To 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 very little 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!
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