I am doing my first ever craft fair this Sunday. I’ve been so busy making cushions (pillows?–what is the difference?!) that I’ve almost forgotten about my quilts. But I have become a proficient cushion maker. These cushions are made with Essex linen, Liberty Tana Lawn (for some), and Kona cotton. I lined them with a really nice quality muslin, which makes such a difference in the structure and sturdiness of the finished cushion. The inserts are down filled–so all in all they are quite luxurious!
I’ve also been making little baskets. I really love the Red Riding Hood fabric–so cute with the little woodland creatures.
I’ve been busy making things for an upcoming craft fair and I discovered a great technique for making cushion covers. I use the envelope enclosure style because I like the added detail of the buttons on the back. (This is a great tutorial from Cottage Magpie if you are new to this technique.) In the past I used whole cloth to make cushions and I was pretty pleased with the results. For these cushions, I wanted to piece the front and I wasn’t sure how to enclose the seams in the back. I didn’t want to quilt the cover because I wanted a smooth, polished look. What to do? Then I was perusing Etsy and I read about a cushion maker who lines her covers with muslin. Ah ha! I made my pieced cushion front and then cut a square of natural, fine muslin the same size. Next, I basted to the two pieces with wrong sides together (making sure to remove any stray threads). Finally, I serged all around the edge. For the back pieces, I made a seam along one long edge (right sides together) then turned the piece right side around. Then, I basted and serged these pieces. I made button holes in the top piece of the “envelope.” To finish the pillow, I followed the regular method.
I am so pleased with the polished finish the lining gives. The cushions really hold their shape, and the covers have a nice weight to them. I’ve also been making these little linen baskets. I love using some of my patterned fabrics!