Sewing Bee on the TV has really inspired me so this morning I arose early, around 6am, so that I could set about some sewing before my working day began.

Repurposed bedlinen

Duvet covers and pillowcases are hitting the headlines lately due to Coronavirus and the necessity to sew face masks and scrubs. I can proudly say that I have made a number of masks from a patterned quilt cover for myself, my immediate family, and key workers.

The materials that I had in stock to work with

Candy striped cushion covers

Today, however, I wanted to make some cushion covers from a candy stripe pink and white quilt cover. I had had the idea that I could incorporate the fastenings already incorporated in the cover to act as popper fastenings on the cushions, thus saving myself some work.

Measuring the size of the cushion cover

I had in stock some 16″ square feather filled cushion pads that would be ideal for my plan.

Tape measure on fabric

Cutting corners

I didn’t use a pattern as such as the stripes on the fabric made marking out the size with a tape measure really easy.

I decided to use pinking shears to cut out the covers as this would mitigate the necessity to oversew the raw edges.

Edges pinned ready for sewing

By 7.30am I was the proud owner of two new scatter cushions which matched my recently painted bistro chairs beautifully.

New cushion on garden chair

Time to chill

As an added bonus the size of the finished cushion fitted the swing precisely too.

And all that achieved before breakfast.

I might make a matching table cloth next.

Happy days!

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📸 Carolyn Hayter
📸 Featured image - @louismornaud