One of the things I’m loving about my 52 and Thrifty Too! project is that I’m finally getting to finish lots of WIPs that have lain for months (and sometimes years) in my stash. This little embroidery started life four years ago on a holiday in the rather lovely village of Honeystreet, near Malborough in Wiltshire.
It’s a copy of one of Harry’s poems, and reads:
Like curtains love closing
Like models love posing
Like Hilda Ogden loves nosing
So do I love you!
I hand sewed the words freehand on a piece of linen cloth I had using 2 strands of embroidery thread. The letters were worked in back stitch with french knots for the punctuation and dots on the i’s. At the time I had no idea what I was going to do with the embroidery, but just enjoyed making it and added to it using what I had with me on holiday.
Once I’d finished the words, I folded over the edges of the white linen and centred it onto a piece of Liberty fabric. I then hand sewed a piece of ribbon on top of the join. Next I folded over the edges of the Liberty fabric which I then placed onto the teal background and sewed all the way around it with a decorative blanket stitch. The last thing I did was to add a button to each of the four corners.
This was as far as I got on holiday, and the embroidery has been at the bottom of a basket since then!
When I rediscovered it recently I thought about turning it into a wall hanging, but in the end plumped for another cushion to add to my collection (or should that be obsession!) After a rummage through my Liberty stash I realised I didn’t have enough of the same fabric to create the front and back of the cushion, so opted instead for 3 different patterns which you can see above.
To save a bit of money I was going to take the cushion pad out of one of the existing cushions on the sofa, but when I removed the cover the pad definitely looked the worse for wear, so instead I spent £1.75 of my budget to buy a new one. The size of the pad was 45cm x 45cm so when I cut the fabric for the front I cut a 48cm x 48cm square (to allow for 1.5cm seams). I also opted for another envelope back so cut out 2 rectangles 48cm x 34cm. This would leave enough of an overlap to get the cushion pad in, but ensure both pieces would lie flat once the pad was safely inside.
Once I’d cut the fabric for the front of the cushion, I cut the rectangular teal fabric into a square shape, folded over the edges, centred it on the cushion front and used a decorative blanket stitch to attach it in place.
Now that my cushion front was complete, it was time to prepare the back. To do this, I needed to hem the inside edges of both back pieces. It was then simply a case of overlapping the back pieces and placing them snug against the front (right sides together) then sewing all the way around the square.
Once completed, I trimmed the seams and snipped the four corners before turning the cushion cover the right side out and pushing out the corners to make them as sharp as possible.
You can see the finished front and back of the cushion cover below:
And here’s what it looks like with the cushion pad inside and on the sofa!