Welcome to my first craft post! I’m quite the crafty cat and I love to make things, be it knitting, stitching, baking, jewellery making – I always get a Hobbycraft gift voucher for my birthday and Christmas, put it that way.
I also love upcycling and finding new uses for things, so I was very excited to share with you my Christmas themed DIY tea towel cushion cover! It’s so cheap and so easy, all you need to be able to do is sew 2 straight lines – honest! Read on for the full tutorial…
You will need…
A tea towel of choice
A sewing machine/needle and thread
A tape measure
A cushion pad (I get mine from Wilko for less than £1)
STEP ONE (only applies if you’re adding trimmings, if not, skip to step 2)
Cut to size and attach your trimmings of choice to the edge that you’d like to be facing outwards. This is adhesive lace from The Range and you literally just peel off the backing and stick it on to your fabric. (Told you it was easy).
Pop your cushion on the middle of your tea towel, which should be facing right side up. Fold each short end up and onto the pillow, as if you’re wrapping it up. It’s very important that you fold up the edge you want facing outwards FIRST, so it’s right when you turn it right side out. When you’ve decided where you want the fabric to sit, pin it in place on one side of the cushion, left or right. Your fabric should look inside out at this point. Then set the cushion aside.
Measure the overlap between each end of fabric. For example, I had 5cm of over lap on this side, so I knew it had to be 5cm on the other side. This helps you to make sure both sides of the cushion are symmetrical. Pin the fabric so that both sides are secure. Your fabric should be inside out to begin stitching.
With your needle & thread or sewing machine, sew a straight line down both sides of your fabric. Note that I sew quite far in to make sure the sides aren’t baggy.
Turn your cushion right side out, pop the cushion pad inside, and voila! A really simple, cheap cushion!
The benefits of using a tea towel are that it’s a decently sized piece of fabric, it’s cheap, and the outer seams are already sewn for you! This would be lovely as a small Christmas gift, or just to brighten up your own house at Christmas time. The cover can be removed and replaced with another seasonal tea towel cover of choice!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading as much as I’ve enjoyed writing!
Love, Isabelle X