How to make a tufted cushion

I have a new beauteous chair that is desperate for a new cushion but the one I want is £60 and too big for the chair so instead I have tried to make my own.

 

I bought one blush pink linen pillowcase that I cut up to make a set of napkins and I had one half of the case left, which was the perfect size for a small cushion (the case only cost £12 so to get napkins and a cushion out of it is pretty good value). With a self covered button I knew I could make it look as good as one of these amazing HAY cushions that I wanted originally.

How to make a tufted cushion | Cushion tutorial | Blush pink linen cushion | Apartment Apothecary

 

You will need:

Linen fabric (size dependent on how big you want your cushion to be)

Stuffing 250g for a cushion that measures 30 x 20cm

Co-ordinating thread and embroidery floss

Fine needle and large needle

Self cover buttons 22mm

Fabric scissors

How to make a tufted cushion | Cushion tutorial | Blush pink linen cushion | Apartment Apothecary

Method:

1. Make your self cover button following these instructions from one of my previous sewing tutorials.

2. Cut out two pieces of identical sized fabric and lay them right sides together. Sew all the way round the case leaving a 10cm gap to stuff the cushion (the cover will not be removable).

How to make a tufted cushion | Cushion tutorial | Blush pink linen cushion | Apartment Apothecary

3. Cut away the corners of the case and trim off excess seam allowance.

4. Turn the cover inside out, iron and mark the centre point on both side of the case.

5. Stuff the cushion as evenly as possible.

6. Turn the raw edge of the gap in and whip stitch it closed by hand.

7. Thread a large needle with the embroidery floss. Pass the needle and thread through the marked centre point on the back of the cushion all the way through the stuffing and come out through the marked centre point on the front of the cushion. Thread on the button at this point and then pass the needle back through the centre of the cushion (a few millimetres from where you came out the first time) and take it out of the back of the cushion.

How to make a tufted cushion | Cushion tutorial | Blush pink linen cushion | Apartment Apothecary

8. You should have two tails of thread poking out of the back of the cushion now with the button at the front. Pull the two tails as tightly as possible to create the tufted look and tie the tails together in a triple knot. Cut off the excess thread.

How to make a tufted cushion | Cushion tutorial | Blush pink linen cushion | Apartment Apothecary

All done! So easy and so much cheaper than the original and I love it.

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If you are looking for some lovely home craft projects as we head into the warmer months of the year there is a brilliant new craft mag that is on sale until May 13th that you need to check out. A few of my lovely blogger pals have projects in the magazine and there is loads of inspiration to be had. You can buy the magazine here.

How to make a tufted cushion | Cushion tutorial | Blush pink linen cushion | Apartment Apothecary

How to make a tufted cushion | Cushion tutorial | Blush pink linen cushion | Apartment Apothecary

Have you got any home craft projects planned?

Katy x

 

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9 Comments

  1. Ruth 3rd May 2016 / 8:15 am

    Love this (and that chair – oh my!) My sewing machine is super old and broken (was Gran’s) so am contemplating getting another basic, no frills one so I can attempt lovely things like this cushion project! Such a beautiful colour linen too 🙂 Have a splendid day xx

  2. Heather 3rd May 2016 / 10:21 am

    Beautiful! This looks like a sewing project even I could manage, too.

  3. Becky 3rd May 2016 / 10:30 am

    OOh that mag looks fabulous as does your cushion..great job

  4. karen jones 3rd May 2016 / 5:13 pm

    oh such pretty and calming colours in this post. I think even i could make that cushion. We (the royal we, my husband) is currently making a large footstool for the living room. I thought about adding buttons like yours and now I know how , might give it a go x

  5. Hannah 3rd May 2016 / 5:27 pm

    I love these cushions (as you can imagine), thanks for sharing the How To… I’ll get making! xx

  6. Cate 4th May 2016 / 5:27 pm

    I love these cushions and you make it look so easy! And that chair is to die for X

  7. Janice Armstrong 9th May 2016 / 9:27 pm

    I love all of this…the blush pink, the linen – all perfect! So want to try it out!! x

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