Before I started my Christmas holidays I decided I was going to do a little finishing. Here's my next finished item. This is a lovely little design given to me as a gift a couple of years ago by a stitcher named Edith. I had decided ages ago to finish it into a cushion, today I finally did it!
Here's the finished product :
Now here's the step-by-step instructions...
Step 1 : Wash and prepare your stitched piece (final size plus seam allowances), I also zig zag to help prevent fraying. Cut strips of fabric to be sewn on each side.
Step 2: Pin strips of fabric to top and bottom, leaving excess so that strips are longer on both sides than stitched piece. Make sure you pin them right sides together.
Step 3: Sew strips to stitched piece.
Step 4: Do not fold open strips at this point, cut away excess fabric from strips so that it is flush with stitched piece.
Step 5: Press open strips, use lots of steam! (tip from Mum)
Step 6: Press both top and bottom open.
Step 7: Now pin strips to the right and left sides. Again make sure they are longer than your stitched piece plus the strips you've just sewn on.
Step 8: Sew on both strips.
Step 9: Again trim away excess fabric from strips making it flush with your stitched piece plus the strips you sewed on earlier.
Step 10 : Press open, again lots of steam!
Step 11: press open all sides.
At this point Hunger got bored of helping, it was time for a nap!
Step 12 : Now cut strips of your second fabric.
Repeat : above steps to add a secondary fabric to your cushion.
Step 13 : You now have a finished pillow top
Step 14 : Cut a piece of fabric to be the back of your pillow to the same size or slightly bigger than your pillow top. Slightly bigger is always safer.
Step 15: Pin right sides of pillow top and back together.
Step 16 : Sew all sides togehter, but leave an opening so that you can put in polyester batting or a pillow form.
Step 17 : "Birth" your cushion turn it right side out through the opening you just left.
Step 18 : Stuff to your liking.
Step 19 : Stitch opening closed. You're done!