I hope everyone who was in the path of Hurricane Irene has recovered and is safe and sound. I was very lucky and never lost power, enabling me to spend Saturday night and all of Sunday sewing. I spent most of the weekend working on Anlichan’s birthday present, but since it’s a surprise I can’t post about it until it’s finished and in her hands. In the meantime, here’s a simple project that took maybe ten minutes to complete: a cushion cover. Mama S’s sister is a big NY Giants fan, and she, her husband, and my cousin go to games several times a season. She bought a piece of square foam and some Giants fabric and asked me to cover the foam so she can take it to games as a seat cushion. Spending hours sitting on a cold, hard seat in a football stadium in Jersey can be pretty uncomfortable, as I’m sure you can imagine.
The fabric was already cut wide enough for the cushion cover, so all I had to do was line it up and cut off the excess. Then, I turned the fabric inside out, folded it in half, and pinned the two sides, leaving the third side open. I didn’t worry about fitting the fabric tightly, nor did I bother to iron it, in part because I’m a bit lazy but also because this cushion is meant for utility, not decoration, so a cover that’s loose and a bit wrinkled doesn’t matter. It’ll get more wrinkled through the course of the season.
I sewed down each pinned side, snipped the corners, and turned the fabric rightside out. I slipped the foam into the fabric cover and folded the remaining edges down. I left enough space that I could fit the fabric under the needle without the foam interfering, but I did trim another couple of inches off the edge first. I hadn’t measured when I was trimming the excess fabric before, and there was still some hanging off. I found blue thread that more or less matched the shade of the fabric and sewed up the remaining edge. Voila! A simple, easy project. More pictures of the final step below:
As it gets closer to Christmas, I’ll probably have more pillow-type posts, including one about repurposing tshirts into decorative pillow covers (which makes a great memento, as well as being a practical way to recycle old shirts). I make a lot of pillows as presents, actually, but nothing is as easy as this!