How to make a bolster cushion

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Everyone said such nice things about the bolster cushion cover I made recently (I didn’t win the competition though – boo!) so I decided to make another one for my spare room – just in time to store my winter duvet as we’ve just switched to our summer one – and share more detailed instructions for how to make it.

You will need:

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110 x 100cm of medium weight cotton for main body of the cushion – I used a navy ticking stripe fabric from John Lewis.

Two 12 x 102cm panels of light weight cotton for the ends of the cushion – I used Liberty’s Wiltshire Tana Lawn

120cm length of velvet ribbon

Tutorial:

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1. Press a 0.5cm hem on the short side of each end panel. Press a 2.5cm channel down the length of each end panel.

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2. Sew the 2.5cm channel on each panel.

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3. Place the end panel onto the main body of the cushion, right sides together, and pin in place. Sew the end to the main fabric and press the seam open. Repeat with the other end panel. Fold the cover in half, right sides together, and sew the cover together.

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4. Feed the ribbon into each channel.

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5. Fold your duvet in half, half again and half again and stuff into your cushion cover.

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6. Draw your cushion cover closed.

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If you, like me, have stuff crammed under your bed (for lack of storage) this idea is great as duvets take up so much space. I think I’m going to have to make anouther one for our bed!

Katy x

 

 

10 comments

    • katy - April 22, 2014 1:31 pm

      Very straightforward, Leanne – may be a good project for all that lovely Liberty fabric we were given! x

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  1. Hannah - April 22, 2014 8:30 am

    Oh my, I LOVE this! I will be making one, that’s got me far too excited :)

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    • katy - April 22, 2014 1:33 pm

      Ha ha! I got overexcited at the idea of it, too! Anything to lessen the amount of rubbish underneath my bed :) x

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  2. Loaf - April 22, 2014 1:14 pm

    Fab idea Katy! They’d look great on our daybeds x

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    • katy - April 22, 2014 1:34 pm

      Indeed it would! I’ve been lusting after that daybed for while :) x

      Reply
  3. Chloe - April 22, 2014 1:54 pm

    I love this tutorial! Such a great idea – I love the ticking and Liberty print fabrics together :) I think I’m definitely going to give this one a go x

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    • katy - April 22, 2014 7:10 pm

      Thanks Chloe! I’ve got a bit obsessed with the ticking stripe/Liberty combo ;) x

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  4. em - April 27, 2014 7:55 am

    Love this idea so much. I’ve been trying to figure out where we’ll store the spare room quilts as they’ll be for futons but this would be perfect!

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    • katy - April 29, 2014 1:41 pm

      Thanks, Em! :)

      Reply

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