How to make a tea-towel cushion

Inject a little shabby-chic charm in to your space with Style at Home's easy-sew linen cushion

With French-style linens big news this season, why not be inspired by our clever project and use tea towels to add rustic character to your home?

Sometimes a tea towel is just too nice to use for the drying up, so dig out your favourite ones and get sewing. You just need to be able to machine stitch in a straight line - easy!

Takes 15min

Costs £8.99

What you'll need

Dark Blue tea towel, £3.99, H&M


Feather cushion pad (40cm x 30cm) £5, John Lewis


Sewing machine and thread

french linen cushion towel

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

Unfold and press your tea towel, cutting off the label. Place right side down on a table with your cushion pad on top, towards the bottom edge. Fold up the bottom, then the top edges of your tea towel.

Rearrange until you are happy with the positioning of any text/design and the edges overlap by 7cm.

close to cushion pad with blue straight pin

(Image credit: TBC)

Pin the two sides together, close to the cushion pad (we used the blue stripes on our tea towel as a guide, pinning 1cm away from these).

machine stitch both of tea towel sides

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

Remove the cushion pad (leaving the pins in place) and machine stitch both of the tea towel sides to form a cover.

Press your cover, taking care to give the top and bottom a crisp, neat edge along the fold, then pop in your cushion pad.

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