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In­spired by tra­di­tional weav­ing and bas­ket-mak­ing tech­niques these knot­ted cush­ions are a fun adorn­ment for couches, beds or chairs. You don’t need to be a sewing ex­pert to make them – but you might need to ex­er­cise a lit­tle pa­tience as you learn to tie the knot!

What you’ll need

l Three strips of stretchy (jersey knit) ma­te­rial, each mea­sur­ing 2m long x 18cm wide (or al­ter­na­tively one 6m x 18cm length) l Pins l Sewing ma­chine l Nee­dle and thread to match fab­ric l Safety pin or peg l Card­board wrap­ping-pa­per tube (or make your own tube with card­board and Sel­lotape) l 1 litre poly­fill stuff­ing (craft fill) or old pil­low stuff­ing l Long wooden dowel

Steps

1 With right sides fac­ing, pin the short ends of the fab­ric strips to­gether to form one long strip. Sew to­gether with a 1cm seam al­lowance. Press seams open. 2 With the right sides fac­ing, pin and sew the long edges of the strips (or your 6m length) to­gether. This will now form a very long tube. Turn right side out by feed­ing it through it­self. 3 Safety pin or peg one end of the fab­ric tube to keep it closed while you put the stuff­ing in. The eas­i­est way to do this is by gath­er­ing up the fab­ric onto your card­board tube. (I made one out of card­board that was ap­prox­i­mately 80cm long x 5cm wide.) Start feed­ing the stuff­ing into the card­board tube and use a long wooden dowel to help push it all the way to the end and into the fab­ric. As the fab­ric is filled with stuff­ing, it will slowly come off the card­board tube – rather like fill­ing a sausage cas­ing. Con­tinue adding stuff­ing this way un­til your en­tire fab­ric tube is filled. Take your time and try to keep the den­sity of fill­ing con­sis­tent so you don’t end up with lumps and bumps and ar­eas that are too tightly filled com­pared to others. This way you’ll have a lovely smooth, even fin­ish. 4 Both ends of the fab­ric tube re­main open while com­plet­ing the next step. Don’t worry if you lose a lit­tle stuff­ing dur­ing the knot­ting process, as you can al­ways add a lit­tle more be­fore clos­ing it up. 5 To tie the tube into a cush­ion you need to learn how to do a Turk’s head knot (use the di­a­gram be­low as a guide). Prac­tice makes per­fect – I ad­mit to hav­ing to try it a few times be­fore get­ting it right. If pre­ferred, you could prac­tise it on a length of rope. Once you get it, the fun be­gins and you can start mak­ing mul­ti­ple knots to cre­ate your cush­ion. After com­plet­ing one round (steps 1-9), it’s sim­ply a mat­ter of tak­ing End B along the same route two or three more times un­til you get a com­pleted, com­pact ball. NOTE: End ‘A’ will al­ways be kept short and in one po­si­tion, whereas End B will be very long (much longer than in the di­a­gram) and will do all the thread­ing. The key to com­plet­ing your knot is once you have com­pleted the first pat­tern (steps 1-9) and are onto your sec­ond lot of loop­ing, you need to start grad­u­ally pulling the fab­ric tube through more tightly so that End B re­mains long enough to thread through a sec­ond and third time. 6 When the knot­ting is com­plete, the two open ends of the tube should be able to meet. Hand­stitch them to­gether, tuck­ing one end in­side the other and fold­ing over the vis­i­ble piece to cre­ate a tidy edge. You should then be able to tuck this join away un­der one of the loops of your knot so it can’t be seen. Fi­nally, con­grat­u­late your­self on a job well done – the cush­ions re­ally do look and feel fab­u­lous!

Fun and funky, these cush­ions add in­ter­est to a bed or couch.”

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