We’re fond of a Christmas knit (okay – I even own the Christmas Jumper Blanket, above!), and there are some great designs out there at the moment, but when we found out about Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, December 13th (as I write this, tomorrow… so just time to get yours ready!), we thought about a little festive cushion challenge – could we turn a jumper into your own Christmas Jumper Cushion? Ohh yes! Here’s how…
Start by popping along to your local charity shop and buy an unloved jumper. Our lovely red one cost us £2.50. Then head to Paperchase for a pack two Festive Appliqué Patches, £5.75. You’ll also need an iron, sewing machine, contrasting embroidery thread and a needle, plus a cushion pad (40cm x 40cm, £3.49, Dunelm). Work out the best position for the Snowman (or Reindeer – you have the choice), making sure you’ve enough ‘jumper’ around him for a finished cushion size of 40cm x 40cm. Iron on the patch until it sticks.
Cut out two 40cm x 40cm cushion pieces from your jumper, then using two strands of embroidery thread, sew neat running stitches around the Snowman, approximately 1cm away from the motif edge. With right sides together, pin and machine stitch the front to the back, leaving a 15cm gap along one side. Turn the right way and pop in your cushion pad. Slip stitch the gap closed.
If you make one, then why not donate the £1 Save the Children are asking for from those festive jumper wearers right here… and do your bit for charity too.
Photos David Giles
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