|Top Left: House of Holland, Sass & Bide, Coop, Thing Thing, Top Right: Kate Slyvester|
Time needed: 30 minutes – 1 hour per cushion
- Sewing Machine (with zipper foot)
- Quick Unpick
- Tape measure
- T-shirt or Shirt (the process is the same – just keep the shirt buttoned before cutting)
- Iron on Interfacing
- Zipper (I used a 35cm length)
- Cushion filling
- Lay out your T-shirt flat and cut into two even sized square pieces
- Take your iron-on interfacing, cut two pieces to match and iron to the underside of each t-shirt square
- Take your two squares and pin along the side you want your zipper opening to be
- Sew along this seam with a straight wide stitch. The seam should be about 1.5 – 2 cm wide
- Iron open the seam you’ve sewn and pin your zipper along each side of the seam
- Sew along the sides of the zip using your zipper foot taking pins out as you go
- Once done, revert back to your plain sewing foot and sew a 1 – 2 cm wide seam along the two sides that adjoin the zipper opening (use a normal width straight stitch)
- Now three sides should be secure. Turn your cushion cover inside-out and with your quick unpick – unpick the seam where the zipper is (this should reveal the zipper). Unzip the zipper and turn the cushion back inside-out
- Sew along the final opening like you did in Step 7
- Optional: Cut excess fabric off each corner of your cushion (don’t cut the stitching or it will unravel)
- Turn the cushion the right way entering the side where the zipper is open.
- Fill the cushion cover with your choice of filling or cushion inner.
- Walaah, you’re done!
And there you have it – T-shirt cushions made by yours truly and maybe hopefully you’ll take up the challenge and make your own versions they’re open to interpretation.