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The cushion cover part 2…

January 15, 2013

As a follow up to Hurray for crochet…I have now finished both sides of my crocheted cushion cover-yay!

But the reverse sides looked like this

I think a spider/octopus/wooly legged thing may have attacked my cushion...

I think a spider/octopus/wooly legged thing may have attacked my cushion…

I half heartedly tried to find out the proper way of finishing it-but the book I read said something about threading each end onto a needle and weaving it in, and that all sounded far too much like hard work, so I went with this option

Tying the two ends together

Tying the two ends together

I am sure this is very wrong. I will no doubt find out why when my cushion starts unravel, but it was quick and easy and seems ok for now! (Can anyone tell me what I should really have done, and why this is wrong if it is..?!)

So afterwards, it looked like this

Much better!

Much better!

I was left with this

Crochet cushion-threads1

A lot of short pieces of wool

But panic not dear reader, this has not been thrown away (perish the thought!)-I have a cunning plan for it, and will re-visit it just when you least expect it…

The next thing needed was a cushion pad of the right shape and size-hmmmmm….

Not being able to go out and buy a 34cm diameter round cushion pad-I decided to fashion one myself.

And just in case you should ever need to, here is how:

  • measure the diameter of your finished pieces. Be pleasantly surprised if they are both about the same size (!) – min were 34cm (ish)
  • find some old material/sheet type stuff (in hindsight, this is probably awful stuff to make a cushion pad from as I think all the feathers will poke through..), and drew a circle. This sounds easy, but it is actually really quite technical. Not having a plate big enough, or a giant’s compass, I had to make one myself, and I was very chuffed at my ingenuity (so you should be too)
  • get some string and tie a pen to one end, as low down the pen as possible. Then measure 18cm (34cm diameter of cushion pad required+2cm seam allowance, then divided by 2 to get the radius-I told you it was technical…) and put a pin at this point
  • then I fold the fabric in half, and stick the pin in somewhere near the middle, and use your homemade compass to draw a circle. I know! How clever is that..?!
I know you are amazed at my genius...

I know you are amazed at my genius…

  • cut around the circles, pin together right sides facing, and sew around with a 1.5-2cm seam allowance, remembering to leave a gap for stuffing. Turn inside out (right way around)
  • now, stuffing….What to use for stuffing? I did try and keep a bag of really tiny scraps and trimmings, which would have been perfect for this, but I think hubby must have found it at some point, and thrown it away recycled it (shocked gasps). So I ventured up in to the loft and found a slightly manky looking leaky cushion pad…

Crochet cushion-poorly case1

picked open a gap in one of the seams and proceeded to get feathers everywhere attempting to transfer them into my new pad…

Can I blame the cats..?

Can I blame the cats..?

Then slip stitch the opening shut pronto to avoid anymore feathers escaping. And you have made a customised cushion pad-yay!

Ta da!

Ta da!

Stay tuned for the next thrilling instalment, where you get to see the actual cushion cover, on the pad…

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13 Comments

  • Reply Hit, Miss and Maybe… | My Make Do and Mend Year June 1, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    […] was my first ever crocheting project, and I was (and still am) delighted with the crocheting, BUT I made my own insert for it, and it only occurred to me after I had made it that I should really have made it out of really […]

  • Reply a cheerful living adventure January 16, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I do that with ends too! (And I always leave them til the end to sort out – silly girl!). Excellent cushion-making (apparently mattress ticking is the thing to stop feathers popping through, but I did a couple of our pillows with just thick cotton sheets and they’ve been fine – you can always add an extra layer if you need to!)

    Let’s have a look at the finished thing then… 🙂

    • Reply Jen January 16, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      Thanks for the tip re the mattress ticking-will google it!!
      It’s all finished and the post is scheduled-just keeping you on your toes and teasing you all now….!!

  • Reply Emma Baxter January 16, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Hope this helps, you will never need to sew in an end again! /

    http://crochet.about.com/od/skillstechniques/ss/Crocheting_Over_Ends.htm

    • Reply Jen January 16, 2013 at 7:26 am

      Emma, that is fab!! Thankyou so much 🙂

  • Reply Kitty Piët January 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    If you save and wash your old pantyhose, you can cut those up to fill cushions or stuffed animals. The good thing is that you can wash these items then endlessly, especially if it is for children. Good luck with all your make do thing, I enjoy them a lot, thank you.

    • Reply Jen January 15, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Great tip-thankyou! And pantyhose sound so much nicer then pants too 🙂

      • Reply Jo aka Kiwijo January 16, 2013 at 10:57 am

        Pantyhose = tights in some parts of the world. I have seen this done, but it will make your cushions quite heavy. :o)

        • Reply Jen January 16, 2013 at 12:41 pm

          Ah, now I feel silly.. 🙂 Thanks for clarifying!

  • Reply Jo aka Kiwijo January 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Well done you – btw has your book arrived yet?

    • Reply Jen January 15, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      HI Jo. Thanks 🙂 So sory, completely forgot to say, yes it has!! Thankyou so much. You are very kind. xx

  • Reply Jemima January 15, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Crochet is on my list of things l need to learn. Maybe this year!

    • Reply Jen January 15, 2013 at 6:40 am

      I would recommend it! Takes a bit of time to learn but then the addiction kicks in… 🙂

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