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  1. Decorate Cushion Tutorial

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    Today we have a great make from the lovely Nat who blogs at Made In Home, if you don't already read this great blog I really encourage you to start, the photography is stunning!


    The DECORATE cushion 

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    I made this cushion after seeing a embroidery version in the Decorate book by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick . I probably used a ‘beginner’ method to make this – using interfacing, but it was the only way to ensure that I would (sort of) match the stripes. If you would like to skip the interfacing phase, please do – it would probably speed up the process quite a lot!

    You will need (for cushions measuring 40 cm x 40 cm – the actual cover measure 38 cm x 38 cm) :

    -        4 FQs of different colours (shown here in white, tangerine, papaya and ash) – this is only for the front of the cushion cover. You can make the back of the cushion following your preferred method.

    -        4 squares of medium interfacing measuring  37.4 cm x 37.4 cm (sorry for the weird measurements I am mixing cms and inches)

    -        And thread..


    To note: I use a ¼ inch seam allowance everywhere. 

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    1. Four squares of interfacing – I have even marked all the stripes on them (3.4 cm width). Oh yes, I was on a mission to match those stripes! 

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         2. Cut 11 stripes of 3.4 cm in each fabric

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          3. Lay the stripes on the interfacing at random; iron them on the interfacing; cut the excess fabric on the sides

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          4. Repeat to make 4 squares

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          5. Mark the stripes width by ironing; and sew with a ¼ inch seam allowance

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          6. Iron and cut the squares in half

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          7. Make sure that triangles make the above pattern, and then sew the triangles together – matching the stripes (be careful to take into             account the ¼ seam allowance –I marked it down with a pen and pinned, pinned, pinned). 

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    8. Sew your square together. 

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    The back of it.

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    And here we are!

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    This is how I finished it, in tangerine. Nothing fancy but I think it works quite well in a bright block colour. 

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    So what do you think? 

    A gorgeous cushion making excellent use of solid colours, we love it here at HQ!


  2. Fair Isle Table Runner

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    Up on the blog today we have a tutorial from the lovely Kelly showing you how to make a fabulous Fair Isle inspired Table Runner. I hope you agree that the runner looks great and is bound to cheer up any kitchen table on a dreary rainy day like today!


    I bought a cardigan for my daughter and fell completely in love with it.


    Sadly I don’t have one in my size but it was the inspiration for this table runner. I just love the Grey Essex Linen with those bright pops of colour.




    You will need:

    1m main fabric (I used Essex Linen in Grey)

    1 FQ each of the contrasting colours. (I used Kona Solids) Citrus and Bright Pink.


    Cutting List 

    Main fabric

    (2) 4.5” x 12.5”

    (2) 2.5” x 12.5”

    (1) 22” x 12.5”

    (2) 2.5” x 6.5”

        (1) 42.5” x 12.5”


    You also need half square triangles that are 2.5” unfinished. You can make these using your favourite method – this post has two great tutorials.

     12 Pink / Grey HST’s

    6 Yellow / Grey HST’s



     First you need to assemble the rows that include the HST’s.

    You will have two that look like this:




    One like this:



    And one like this:



    Then you just need to assemble the front of the table runner. I did it from the bottom up, making sure each row that included triangles had their points going up. This diagram shows you how it all goes together.


    Give the runner a good press and press the seams open on the back. Lay the front of the runner face down on the backing. Pin in place and sew round the edge leaving a 4” gap in one side for turning. Trim the corners and turn inside out. If you have trouble on the corners you can use a pin to gently tease them out.


    Press again and then topstitch all around the edge, closing the opening as you go.


    I love how this looks on our table. Just perfect for Spring.



    I'm sure you'll agree this is a lovely project and as an added incentive to make your own we've got Essex Linen with 15% discount until June 15th. Simply use code: table.