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How to : make a luxury satin & lace scatter cushion

We love this luxury satin & lace scatter cushion, it’s so glamorous and opulent. Wouldn’t it make a fabulous wedding or birthday present?

Here, using fabrics and trims from the-S box September 2018 Jewel, we show you how to make this gorgeous gift.

First cut out four squares of silky satin* fabrics in stunning shades inspired by the Indian Summer that we’re (hopefully) about to experience…

Each square should measure 20cms x 20cms (1cms seam allowance) to make up a cushion to fit a 30.5cms (12inch) cushion pad .

*so just a quick note about these silky satins ; if you buy the-S box September 2018 it is anticipated that you may well find that the fabrics are a bit of a handling challenge! (We reckon here at the-stitchery that life shouldn’t  always be easy eh? Or we’d never learn and grow! Every day’s a school-day!)

These satins do have a tendency to ‘travel’ as you cut them and pucker when you machine.

Take your time, cut one layer at a time and make sure you have a new, sharp, fine machine needle in place before you start sewing !!

Look at this BEFORE (left) old needle photo and AFTER (right) new needle photo  (yes! so awful I re-did it!)

Now cut four 20cms squares of the gold Paisley lace fabric from the-S box.

The paisley pattern is an ornamental design using the buta or boteh, a teardrop-shaped motif with a curved upper end. Of Persian origin, paisley designs became very popular in the West in the 18th and 19th centuries, following imports of post-Mughal Empire versions of the design from India, especially in the form of Kashmir Shawls and were then imitated locally. Although the fig motif or almond-like form is of Persian origin, its English name derives from the town of Paisley in Scotland a centre for textiles where paisley designs were produced.

Overlay each square of satin with a piece of lace.

Pin and stitch.

Overlock the edges if you have an overlocker, if not Zig Zag stitch will work well.

Then select trim from the s box to apply to each square.

Pin each trim diagonally across each square and stitch in place.

 

 

 

This is what you should end up with…

 

 

Decide which colours will sit adjacent to each other and join right sides together 1cm seam allowance.

Then apply the snake-skin trim over the seam in a cross shape.

 

Now turn over and sew up two of the opposite edges (Envelope style) You end up with one long diagonal opening.

 

This is what you should end up with.

Hand sew the cushion together with tassels instead at each corner

What a FAB cushion. We love it sew much- we took loads more photos.

 

Perfect and super gorgeous !

If you are close to Lewes, pop upstairs in the historic Riverside building and come and see these “blog-makes” for yourself. Don’t forget its Sew Saturday on Oct 6th 2018 when we’ll have workshops and stitching demos using products from the-S box October and in-store offers for the day…join us for the fun !

 

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