Friday, 9 January 2015

Cushion Covers...

A couple of days before Christmas I made these cushion covers, but as they were a present, I couldn't show you at the time.

Cushion Covers with an Enclosed Zipper ~ Threading My Way


Early last year my daughter and I attended a fabulous screen printing workshop, held at Material Obsession. While there, my daughter, Tash, spied this beautiful Valori Wells fabric - Cocoon Metamorphosis and asked if I could make cushion covers for her. It only took me 8 months, but here they are...

Cushion Covers with an Enclosed Zipper ~ Threading My Way

... beautiful patterned fabric on the front and solid jade for the back. I deliberated for far too long on how to make the cushions. I was initially thinking of quilting the front and adding piping in the jade fabric. In the end I went with a very simple style - no quilting (or batting).


Here they are in their new home. You can see the back is closed with a hidden zipper. Enclosing the zipper is a rather nifty way to close a  cushion and it's VERY easy to do. For the zip I used a tutorial by Ms Midge. This is one of those, it's so simple why didn't I think of it tutorials.


Attaching the zips was very quick. Sewing the cushion fronts and backs was even faster. I didn't use a tutorial for this part. I was in too much of a rush in the pre-Christmas sewing frenzy to take photos. However, I have enough fabric for another two Cocoon Metamorphosis cushions and I'll take photos of the finishing steps when I whip them up.

Cushion Covers with an Enclosed Zipper ~ Threading My Way

If you are new to sewing, cushion covers are a great project. A simple envelope closure is the easiest...

If zips and buttons don't worry you, here's another couple...

If you've ever made cushions, what's your favourite closure?

Let's hope I don't take another 8 months to make the next two cushions.


... Pam

Photos thanks to Little Ladybird.

14 comments:

  1. Love that fabric Pam! I used to always opt for an envelope back for cushions as it was the simplest and quickest method but my favourite closure is buttons. I like how the buttons can be an extra element of the design, and it gives me an excuse to rifle through my growing button collection :)

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  2. Gorgeous fabric! Envelope backs for covers are so much more classy looking.

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  3. Very nice! These are gorgeous! Love the hidden zippers with that little flap. Looks so professional!

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  4. Liebe Pam,
    die Kissen für deine Tochter sehen wunderschön aus....der Stoff gefällt mir auch sehr!
    Für meine Kissen, nähe ich auch immer einen Reißverschluß ein, das gefällt mir am Besten.Habe auch mal ein einfaches Tutorial dafür geschrieben.

    *.:。✿*Herzlichen Gruß Klaudia*✿。.:*
    *✿*.:。: .*✿* *✿*.:。: .*✿* *✿*.:。: .*✿*

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  5. they are lovely, such gorgeous fabric! I'm very lazy and tend to do an envelope closure, though it actually wouldn't take much longer to do a zip closure.

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  6. Fabulous! So glad you found the tutorial helpful! I love Valori Wells :)

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  7. I am making a cushion this weekend, this tutorial is perfect timing!

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  8. My projects tend to be simpler than planned in the end, too. So many project, so little time. Love the fabric!

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  9. Your cushions are perfect!!:) Thanks for sharing the links. I am planning to make few. I had earlier tried envelope cushions but they did not close perfectly from back side.

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  10. Those pillows are great - that fabric is luscious! I'm going to check out the enclosed zipper tutorial - who couldn't use a new technique when it involves The Zip? :D

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  11. Beautiful pillows, great fabric choice! I like how you used solid for the back, saving the beautiful fabric for more pillows! :D I prefer envelope closure, because I do not want anything hard on my pillows ;)

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  12. Such great pillows! I love the fabric. I am going to have to make some of these soon.

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  13. Hi Pam. That fabric is just gorgeous. Thanks for linking up my dear friend. It's always good to see what you're up to. I love you popping in on my FB page as well. Pity we weren't just around the corner. I'd put the kettle on. I'm featuring this one at tomorrow's party. Have a great week!

    Anne @ Domesblissity

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