How to make an envelope cushion

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  • Simply our step-by-step guide to making this beautiful envelope cushion

    Learn how to make your own envelope cushion to decorate your garden bench – the perfect summer accessory!

    You will need

    * Around 1m main fabric (we used Taplow Indigo, ref ED75010, £65 a metre, GP & J Baker)

    * Matching thread

    * 3 buttons (ours were 95p each, John Lewis)

    * Rectangular cushion
    pad (we used Feather Pad, 30cm by 60cm, £8.50, The
    Upholstery Shop

    Before you start:
    * These instructions assume a 30cm by 60cm cushion pad – you will need to amend the measurements if your pad is a different size.

    * If you want to pattern match on a fabric with a large pattern repeat, you may need to make up the cover from more than one piece, in which case add 2.5cm for any additional seams.

    Step 1) Cut a 92cm by 67cm rectangle of fabric. Fold under 2cm and then 3cm along each short edge and hem (see main illustration).

    To get started fold the fabric along each hem  Illustration: Michael A Hill

    Step 2) Lay out the fabric right side up and fold the two hemmed edges to the centre so that they overlap by 20cm. Stitch the sides taking 2.5cm seams (see illustration

    Step 3) Trim and clip seam allowances, turn through the envelope opening and press.

    Step 4) Stitch one button centrally 1cm from the top hemmed edge of the envelope opening and another button equally spaced either side.

    There’s no need to stitch buttonholes as the overlap on the envelope is deep enough to hold its shape without gaping. The buttons are purely decorative. Insert cushion pad through the opening – the fit will be tight and you’ll need to work the pad into the corners for a snug fit.

    Stitch the sides together to make your envelope cushion Illustration: Michael A Hill

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