Make the deep-button cushion
You will need
• foam (1 360 x 450 x 75mm) • 2m batting • spray adhesive • 2m upholstery fabric of your choice (we used a velvety fabric) • topstitch thread in the same colour as your fabric • 16 covered buttons (in same fabric as cover) • waxed upholstery string
• tape measure • square ruler • fabric pencil • scissors • sewing machine • needles (one regular sewing needle, one 15cm needle) • pins
Cut pieces of batting the same size as each of the six sides of the foam. 6 Use a ladder stitch to sew the remaining seam closed by hand. 2
Use the spray adhesive to stick the batting onto the foam on all sides. 7
Create a topstitch 1cm in on all edges of the cushion, using a regular basting stitch.
4 With the right sides facing each other, sew the side pieces together on the short sides to form a rectangle. 5 With the right sides still facing each other, sew the top piece to the rectangle you made in step 3 on all four sides. Sew the bottom piece (right sides facing each other) to the sides, leaving one short side open. Turn the cushion cover right side out and insert the foam with the batting into it. 8
Measure and mark where the buttons should go on both sides of the cushion. Across the length of the seat, measure 28cm from the topstitch and then in 27cm intervals. Across the width, measure intervals of 15cm. Pin the marks then mark the spots with thread.
Use the waxed string and 15cm needle to do the deep-buttoning. Push the needle threaded with the waxed string through the foam on one of your marks. Thread a button onto the string then push the needle back through the foam. Thread another button on the other side. Push down as hard as you can on the buttons and tie the string. You’ll need help with this: one person pushing the buttons towards each other, and the other tying the knot. Repeat on all eight marks. 9 QUICK PROJECT GUIDE Hard labour 1/10 Skill level 3/10 Time needed 5 hours Do it yourself for ± R430: foam R145, batting R37, fabric R150, buttons R25, topstitch thread R23, waxed string R50 3
Cut the fabric in the following sizes: • two pieces of 1 410 x 500mm (top and bottom) • two pieces of 1 410 x 125mm (long sides) • two pieces of 500 x 125mm (short sides) Watch the video on homemag.co.za. 1 4 6 9 2 5 7 8 3