Re­vi­tal­is­ing cush­ions

Landscape (UK) - - In The Home -

Up­dat­ing small de­tails within a room re­freshes the look and feel. New cush­ion cov­ers are a sim­ple way to do this. Fab­ric rem­nants at least 1in (2.5cm) larger than the cush­ion pad are cut out. With the right sides pinned to­gether, a line of stitch­ing is made around three-and-a-half sides of the cover. Any ex­cess fab­ric is trimmed from the cor­ners to re­move bulk. The cover is turned right side out through the open­ing and the cush­ion pad placed in­side it. The seam al­lowance on each side of the cover is folded in and pressed to give a crisp edge. Us­ing lad­der stitch to cre­ate a hid­den seam, the ends are stitched to­gether. To do this, the nee­dle is pushed up through the fab­ric on one seam edge, the knot hid­den within the seam. The nee­dle is pushed down through the op­po­site seam edge, then back up through the same side ap­prox­i­mately 3-6mm away. The process is re­peated along the length of the open­ing, with each stitch made on al­ter­nate sides. When the end is reached, the thread is gen­tly pulled tight to evenly close the gap, then tied off se­curely and the ends trimmed.

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