XX-Blogger's-Challenge---Cushion

Blogger challenge… cushion makeover

This week sees the third instalment of our ‘blogger challenge’ series, where we ask our crafty competitors to customise a plain cushion.

For this week’s craft challenge we set our bloggers to work on the Large Navy Linen Cushion, asking them to personalise it however they felt fit. The results prove that there really are no limits to just how creative you can get with one simple cushion. See for yourself!

Which one gets your vote? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

StevenSteven’s cushion

First up is Steven McVay, a fabric aficionado who creates children’s dresses, quilts, cushions, pictures and bunting at My Happy Accidents. ‘I really wanted to include the ribbon-tail feathered birds I like bringing to life so much, and I love adding words to my work, especially positive and happy ones. I’m so pleased with the finished cushion – it’s ideal for my eclectic home.’

100% wool felt ironed some bondaweb onto my spotty fabrics before cutting out the letters, then used multi-coloured thread to stitch these securely onto the cover bondaweb and ribbon

Materials used:

100% cotton spotty fabric, 100% wool felt, bondaweb, colourful thread, ribbons, buttons, scissors, an iron.

How I did it:

‘I ironed some bondaweb onto my spotty fabrics before cutting out the letters, then used multi-coloured thread to stitch these securely onto the cover,’ says Steven. ‘I positioned the birds in place, sewed on their legs, pinned on their ribbon feathers and, for the finishing touch, added their beaks and eyes.’

 

AbigailAbigail’s cushion

Our second challenger is Abigail Udale, a Buyer’s Assistant on the Bed & Bath team at Sainsbury’s who loves to print. ‘I enjoy fabric printing and decided on a nautical theme, as I have a lot of striped items in my house. It was quite simple, but I’m really pleased with how it looks. I have a vintage wooden-backed armchair it will look perfect on!’

 

To make the stencil I drew an anchor on paper and placed some acetate over the top When finished and the paint had dried, I ironed the cushion on high Paper, scissors, acetate, masking tape, fabric paint, sponge, ruler, scrap fabric, an iron

Materials used:

Paper, scissors, acetate, masking tape, fabric paint, sponge, ruler, scrap fabric, an iron.

How I did it:

‘To make the stencil I drew an anchor on paper and placed some acetate over the top, then tested it out on some scrap fabric to make sure I was happy,’ says Abigail. ‘Before printing I put a pad of paper inside the cushion so the paint didn’t transfer to the other side. When I’d finished and the paint had dried, I ironed the cushion on high, to set it.’

Which one do you prefer? How would you customise these cushions? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Three key pieces:

White Fur Cushion, £12 (instore from 1 October); Red Heart Knitted Cushion (instore from 1 October), £10; Natural Texture Cushion, £10.