Sewing for Interiors

The reason my family clubbed together to get me an entry level sewing machine was because I’d murmered something about being interested in sewing some cushion covers and blinds for our new flat. 18 months later following serious procraftination, with a coat, a pair of jeans, a lined jacket, countless skirts and dresses, I finally got round to making the long-awaited cushion covers.

Our flat is neutral with white walls, wood floors and wooden sideboards. When we moved, we were on a budget, so most of our furniture was sourced from freecycle or was gifted to us from friends and family. All the furniture is neutral and it is on the minimal end of the scale. In an attempt to add some personality and creativity into the interiors I wanted some really bright colourful cushions, I took inspiration from Oliver Bonas, Anthropologie and found some inspiration on pinterest.

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After collecting inspiration, the starting point for this fabric was an old salwar kameez I had worn in India back in 2012. I picked it up from a supermarket, it wasn’t particulalry fancy, but it was 100% cotton. I loved the yellow colour with gold and orange thread woven through it.

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The fabric was quite narrow and would only be enough for a pair of small cushions. The small cushion fits well into our bucket chair, we picked up from a chairty shop, (which I have promised to upholster, so eyes peeled for a post soon). I finished the cushions with some pom pom trim because well, frankly, everything is better with a pom pom!

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To accompany, I wanted a pair of larger square cushions to go on the sofa. What took me so long to get this project started was finding the perfect fabric. However, as soon as I saw this Okina Hana, Graphical Pattern Quiliting Cotton from The Village Haberdashery, I knew this print from Rico Designs would compliment the yellow. Finally, I finished the cushions with some pre-cut piping from my local fabric shop, but this can be easily found anywhere, or you can easily make your own by sewing fabric around piping cord.

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I’m pleased with the burst of colour these cushions give to our netural colour scheme, it was such a satisfying project to make envelope cushions come together so easily. I love, love, love, this fabric from Rico Design. The project has spurred me to explore surface pattern design and in turn to make my own cushions from fabric that I have designed. Next up for interior sewing is making some velvet cushions, knitted cushions and a chunky knitted throw for our bedroom. So many projects are being brewed up at the moment.

Until next time,

Claire & Co.

XO

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