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