Craft a monochrome cushion in 3 easy steps

Have a go at this simple craft project to jazz up a plain sofa in an afternoon

grey sofa with cushion on monochrome print and flower vase

(Image credit: future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

Looking for a quick and stylish sofa transformation? Why not have a crafty afternoon reliving days of stamping at school and try your hand at this straight-forward cushion idea.

We chose to create a monochrome print, but you can use any palette that works well in your room. You could even use several different colours for a fun, modern feel. And don't worry about getting the dots too evenly spaced or perfectly solid either, it just adds to the charm.

You will need:

1m White cotton fabric, £3.79 per m, Dunelm Dylon Black fabric paint, £2.99 for 25ml, Hobbycraft Saucer & cork Pins & iron Tape measure, pencil, scissors & newspaper Sewing machine & matching thread
50cm x 50cm Inner cushion, £1.50, Ikea

cotton fabric with white color and scissor

(Image credit: future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

Step one

Measure and cut out a 52cm x 52cm square of white cotton fabric for your front piece and two back pieces H42cm x W52cm. Set to one side.

newspaper with cotton fabric and black fabric paint

(Image credit: future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

Step two

Protect your work surface with newspaper and lay the front piece of fabric on top. Pour a little black fabric paint into the saucer and dip one end of the cork into the paint. Working from side to side, stamp lines of black 
dots onto the fabric and leave to dry.

sewing machine with red color and cotton fabric

(Image credit: future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

Step three

Hem 1cm along one 52cm side 
of each of the back pieces of 
fabric. With right sides facing, pin these back pieces on top of the stamped front piece to form a square. Machine stitch around. Turn the cushion cover 
the right way and press. Pop the cushion pad inside. Why not make a second cushion for a matching set?


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.