Easy and inexpensive envelope tuck cushions

Heylo dare!

Been stitching up a storm lately, only taking a break for some visitors that stopped over for a few days recently. Lovely to see them and hope to post their brilliantly inspired interpretation of a gingerbread house that is heavily copyrighted to prevent piracy and flagrant copying! That’s still to come. Need to get the pics off my phone for that. So, bated breath and edge-of-seat-sitting for that posting!

Shamelessly having engineered a neat little segue from gingerbread houses to edge of seats I can now move on to the suite of cushions I’ve nearly finished. I posted the one above a little time ago (here ) and have added four more to the mix. All I need to do is hand-stitch the labels for each of them:

  • Hen Party
  • Pecking Order
  • Albert Ross
  • The fourth is still to be decided…

All are made with the simple envelope-tuck technique. I won’t write a full tutorial as they are very simple to do and if you Google you’ll find loads of tuts and instructables.

I’ll give you the basic instructions in a nutshell though:
You’ll need a cushion, pins, an iron, scissors, fabric and sewing machine.

1. Get your cushion and cut a square 1″ larger all round, ie, cushion = 18″ x 18″ so you cut a square 19″ x 19″.  This is the front panel and the piece to embellish with applique, embroidery or just display the nicest bit of the fabric on.



My bird applique bits:

I pin these in place and sew around them but you could buy Wonder-Under or similar so that you can just iron them on.


2. Take the longer piece and cut to the same height  as your square but add an extra 8″ to the width so you have a long rectangle.


3. Fold the long piece (mine being 19″ x 27″) in the middle. Make sure it’s straight and iron it flat. Cut down the crease of the fold to create two pieces from it. Mine each measure 19″ x 13.5″.

4. Fold the 13.5″ edge by approx. 1/4in and iron it down, then fold it over again, press and pin in place.

5. Do the same with the other piece.

6. Stitch the folds down.

7. Take your embellished square, lay it pretty side up then place  the two stitched-edge pieces on top. They will have their ‘pretty sides down and the stitched seams will lie in the ‘middle’ of the cushion, overlapping some.

8. Pin them in place and stitch around all four sides.

9. Clip the four corners (roughly 45° to the stitching taking care not to snip through the stitching). This stops the corners being stuffed with fabric when you turn it out and helps get the corners that bit sharper.

10. Turn right-side out and poke out the corners to get them looking clean and crisp.

11. Press the cover and insert the cushion.

Here are my four new ones making the Poangs even more comfy:

Spot the bookcase? It’s the one that got the make-over back in August here.

I still had some fabric left so made a cover for a draught excluder using the same basic technique. Notice the felt flowers? The bobbles came from the felt bobbled coaster I posted about here:

So, lots of fun with fabric and easy sewing. The fabric came from Ikea. Is 100% cotton and cost €8 per metre. The cushion fillers were €2.00 each. Made four cushions with a draught excluder cover for €24.00. Not bad, eh? And all personalised with appliqué and hand-stitched labels (or will be soon!).

Super little idea for a Christmas gift for somebody even if you just do the one and make the embellishments extra special.

Though I love birds, it’s worth noting that ‘You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair’! Chinese proverb and wisdom at its best. Along with, should a pedestrian wander into your path as you drive, ‘ tootle playfully on your horn’ to get them to move! Ha ha!

Speak soon. Helen

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