I was listening to my favourite crafty podcast on iMake the other day and Martine, the Guernsey girl hosting the podcast, was asking listeners for ideas for cushions without zips. I instantly remembered cushions that I made for my sister Hanna last year for her birthday so I thought they’d made a good topic for a blog post.
The cushions are made from saree silk, which I absolutely love – I think it appeals to the romantic hippy in me. It’s a great regret to me that I’m not Indian and thus be able to have a fantastic warderobe of brilliantly coloured sarees. Well I’m sure in these multicultural days there’s nothing to stop me, but being a blonde Scandinavian, I think it would just be a bit too eccentric for me to be running about in the Kent fields wearing a saree. It wouldn’t really go with the wellies, I don’t think…
Anyway, the cushions gave me a great opportunity to indulge myself and order some saree fabric from India. The most beautiful sarees are incredibly expensive, but a low/mid priced one is quite an economical way of buying silk (I think it worked out approximately just under £4 per meter). Saree fabric is woven in such a way that from one piece you get two different colours and different parts of the fabric have different patterns. The cushions above all come from one saree (and there are still several meters left over).
I made the back from two separate pieces, overlapping approx 15-20 cm, so that you can put the cushion through the opening (you can see this on the pink cushion in the photograph). Originally I was going to sew ribbons next to the opening so that it could be closed, but once I’d made the cushion cover I realised it was not necessary. If the cushion is the right size, it will keep the fabric tight enough and it does not flap loose. So this is by far the easiest/laziest way of making cushions that I know of.