THREE TO MAKE, BUY OR CUS­TOMISE

The Simple Things - - NEST | HOW WE LIVE -

A home with­out cush­ions is a cheer­less place. These pil­lowy pock­ets are an af­ford­able and sim­ple way to boost com­fort and warmth.

MAKE

You don’t need to worry about zips or fas­ten­ings: an en­ve­lope-style cover sim­pli­fies the project. There are many tu­to­ri­als on the in­ter­net: check out Ikea’s video us­ing its Ak­er­dulla fab­ric on youtube.com/watch?v=nTeJgtZuyGI, or read How to Sew an En­ve­lope Pil­low Cover on in­structa­bles.com.

BUY

The choice is end­less, var­ied and over­whelm­ing. The best ap­proach to a cosy-cush­ion pur­chase is to re­fine the se­lec­tion by ma­te­rial. Faux fur, sheep­skin and vel­vet are the most tac­tile and de­liver max­i­mum stroke­abil­ity. West Elm (west­elm.co.uk) has a pleas­ing range of tex­tured bouclé cush­ion cov­ers, from £29; and sains­buryshome.co.uk has snug, light-grey faux-fur cush­ions for £12.75.

CUS­TOMISE

Add pip­ing per­haps, or in­tro­duce zips or but­tons. For an ex­cel­lent tu­to­rial with help­ful, but not free, video (£4.95 for 24 hours), go to sew-help­ful.com. Dor­ling Kin­der­se­ley’s Hand­made In­te­ri­ors is a sen­si­ble and un­com­pli­cated guide to mak­ing cush­ions and soft fur­nish­ings (it also in­cludes bol­sters, round cush­ions and oth­ers).

Wool cush­ion cov­ers, £19.95 each, dec­o­ra­torsnote­book.com

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