Friday, 5 August 2011

Garden box cushions…

Continuing the garden theme, I decided to make Trace a set of garden cushions for her birthday.

I bought the fabric ages ago, intending to make a dress or something, but it was really thick (being curtains) and I thought it would be perfect for these cushions. I made them narrower than normal so they would fit on her pickernick benches.


You’ll probably know by now that I like bright colours, so I raided my stash of bias binding to make contrasting piping. Is there anything more boring than sewing metres and metres of piping?


I had the pink and yellow bias in stash but I had to make the red and green myself. I even covered plain old white plastic buttons with scraps of bias to make them matching.


Nothing from these is newly bought – even the stuffing is some I saved from the cushions of our old sofa (there’s forward thinking! Who says hoarding is bad?)

There is something extra nice about giving gifts you’ve made to people who truly appreciate them. I know Trace’s first thought wasn’t, “they have machines to do that nowadays you know” and that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.



  1. This has a lovely retro feel and it is wonderful that you recycled everything to make it! Lynda

  2. Yes bias binding and the like are sooo boring.

    But they make such a huge difference to the whole look and feel and colour and quality of something like this. The effort is really really worth it.
    A non sewer wouldn't understand the work but will kow the cushions look so professional and finished.
    A person who sews just knows they were made by someone who cares and loves their craft.