Here at Style at Home we are very much aware of this certain fashion faux pas but, when it comes to cushions, we think we can let this one go.
Faded blue brings a fresh, easy-going look for spring, and we’ve tracked down the perfect example: the Idyll Home Denim cushion (2), £34.30, from Notonthehighstreet.com. This beauty would look great paired with other designs, such as the deep-indigo Aktash cushion cover (1), £39, Oka and the Crewelwork Blue Stripe cushion (3), £15, Sainsbury’s.
And if you fancy running up your own denim number, complete with pockets, rivets and nicely frayed seams, read on…
How to make a denim cushion
You will need: 90cm denim fabric (if using remnants of old jeans, as shown here, you may need to join pieces to make up to the sizes indicated below); matching thread; 40cm zip fastener; 46cm-square cushion pad
Step 1. Cut four 27cm squares of denim fabric for the front of the cushion. If you’re using old jeans, try to include pocket details in your squares for added interest, although avoid having too many seams running around the edges of the squares. This may make the cushion too bulky when joining the fabric pieces together. Cut two 27cm by 50cm rectangles of denim fabric for the back of the cushion.
Step 2. For the cushion front, right sides facing, join two 27cm squares along one edge taking a 2cm seam. Repeat with the two remaining 27cm squares. Trim corners and seam allowances and press seams open. Right sides facing, place one pair of stitched squares on top of the other, matching raw edges. Stitch along one long edge taking a 2cm seam. Trim and press open seam allowances as before.
Step 3. For the cushion back, right sides facing and matching raw edges all round, place one cushion back piece on top of the other. Use pins to mark the position of the zip along one long edge, then stitch a 2cm seam from the pin to the edge on each side. Remove pins. Press open seam allowance and pin and tack zip in place. Using a zipper foot on your machine, stitch the zip in place. Remove pins and tacking. Trim seam allowances. Open zip.
Step 4. Right sides facing and matching raw edges, place cushion front on cushion back and pin, tack and stitch all round, taking a 2cm seam. Trim corners and seams and press open. Turn through and insert cushion pad.Read more →