Friday, October 23, 2009

Project Day: Tea Towel Cushions Covers





Remember those tea towels I purchased last month? Well I made something with them yesterday. Some cushion covers. They are so easy. No Zippers. Basic sewing skills only!
  • Decide what size you want the cushions (mine were 45cm x 45cm) as the inserts are made to set sizes.
  • Lay the tea towel down with right side facing you.
  • You need a backing piece of fabric, I used some old pillowcase scraps (see photo #3). Place this piece of fabric on top of the tea towel right side down.
  • Cut a out your square leaving 3-5cm seam allowance. So my fabric pieces were cut in a 50cm square. Keep scraps for ties later.
  • Keeping fabrics together as before, sew all around the edges leaving a 15-20cm gap in the middle of one side. This is your opening to insert padding.
  • Turn your creation inside out. You should now have something resembling a square cushion cover, fabric right side out now.
  • Grab some cutoffs from the tea towel, I used the seam ends, and sew on some ties either side of your gap. This will hold your insert in.
  • Insert the cushion and tie your side ends together.
I am by no means an avid sewer. This is only my 2nd project on my new machine "Sandy".
I didn't use pins, tacks, zips nothing except a ruler and some scissors. So please don't tell me you cant do it! Have a great weekend everyone. Talk next week. Regards, Simone xx

52 comments:

  1. Simone--

    Love the pillows but...because I live in the middle of the US and don't know the metric system at all--(Math and I are not friends),
    would it be possible for you to convert that to
    inches for me. :)

    M

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  2. Looks like Sandy is going to be a busy machine!! Love your cushions!!
    Irene x

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  3. Well done, they may be basic, but they are gorgeous! I think 'Sandy' will have her work cut out for her now!
    Sue

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  4. LOVE THIS!

    i finally sewed. come see! i love this project so it may be next ...

    by the way,
    YOU ROCK!!!

    xo

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  5. These tea towel cushion covers are quite pretty and appear simple to make.
    Thanks for sharing them with us.

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  6. They do look great, who would have thought?

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  7. That's pretty cool. I have a friend who makes hats and bibs with vintage Australian souvenir tea-towels which she sells at Reverse Garbage. I like how you give a second life to these things. Regards Anita

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  8. You are very creative!! Always inspiring me. The cushion covers look fantastic.

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  9. Lovely result Simone and what an easy job for someone with little sewing skills (me), thanks for the inspiration,
    Happy weekend

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  10. Very cute! I have some old tablecloths with stains that would be perfect for this project!

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  11. Those are gorgeous, Simone...I used to make pillows out of cloth napkins. Buy the pillow insert and hand stitch the cloth napkins - even that took no time at all and they were lovely. Happy weekend to you!

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  12. Love them, Simone. Your creativity knows no bounds!

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  13. Nice work! You make it sound so easy ..... Have a great weekend! Cheers,Karen

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  14. Very pretty! Love the simply ties!

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  15. Love this post, Simone! So much inspiration. It makes me feel like investing in a sewing machine today! xx

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  16. Oh well done - fantastic job. I love the yellow one!

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  17. They look great! I really like the backing fabric you used too. I'm dying to try my hand at something like this, but I'm such a procrastinator that I just haven't yet.

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  18. It's just such a great idea! Really makes me look at towels in a new way.

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  19. Fantastic, I have an award for you!
    Sue

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  20. Hi Simone, They are so lovely! I am now obsessed with looking for vintage tea towels since being inspired by your many wonderful creations... and they are not as easy to find as one would think,lol, cheers Katherine

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  21. What a great idea. Love your wing-back chair.

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  22. these are gorgeous!! I have some cushion making lined up too but yours are divine!!

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  23. Ohhh I want to make these! What a great idea! Can't wait to find some tea towels and get started...
    XX Kate

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  24. Your house must be so pretty and calming. You're always making the loveliest things :)

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  25. ok....I can do it! So amazingly lovely as always your ideas inspire...that is why you are one of my favourite morning visits!

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  26. Simone, I just had to laugh, Bon Flourish is a good friend of mine and she posted your dishes on her blog from the site Houzz (sorry if I spelled that wrong) How funny. I Knew I had seen them before but, I couldn't put my finger on it. I was nice to see them again. They are so lovely.

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  27. Great job Simone love that you turned them into cushions. Have a great weekend. Sandy

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  28. Sandy and Simone you are too clever!

    Thank you so much for my Coastal Living magazine - I received it yesterday and I'm so excited!

    xx

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  29. These are gorgeous.....Have a wonderful weekend, xv.

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  30. I see that you're already enjoying your new gift. You did an awesome job with those pillows. J'adore them!
    -marie

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  31. When you want to make something, or have something you can't buy, you'll figure out a way. These are beautiful! If I can make quilts, and master those tiny stitches, then anyone can. You'll be glad you named your sewing machine. Then when you're having some sort of trouble, you have something to yell at that actually has a name! Now I have to think what to name mine! You think up the best ideas!
    Brenda

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  32. you sound like me....no pins...eyeball stuff...i'm so there!!!
    cushions look adorable. great job. can't wait to see more!!!
    sue

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  33. Hi simone..another wonderful post..

    MMMMM!!! wish i could KIND of sew!!!

    ps..I found a GORGEOUS granny crochet blanket yesterday at our local op shop!!!

    the search continues..

    xx andrea

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  34. Simone, you've done it again. These are just too divine... Seriously, those fabrics rock! Beautiful job. Px

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  35. You're like Martha Stewart!! lol. I bet you have the most eclectic house!

    I did that chair too!

    :)

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  36. I purchased a pillow made from a tea towel on Etsy a while back. I absolutely love it!! Your creations are gorgeous, Simone!! : )

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  37. Oh Simone these are fabulous!

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  38. Hi Simone

    I've just been catching up on all your posts for the last week. You did a fabulous job on the white birthday party - it looks divine. Your tea towel cushions are wonderful - so simple and so beautiful. Leigh

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  39. These are gorgeous! You make me wish I had of kept my nanna's tea towels. You're making good use of that sewing machine!xx

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  40. These are gorgeous, thanks for the tute!
    I am running a vintage sheet fq swap if you are interested in joining.

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  41. Hello darling, I will start this comment by telling you how much I have missed you these past few weeks. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind words and prayers. I am one lucky girl to have you as a friend; you truly are the gem in my teacup. I am slowly easing my way back into blogging and can’t wait to stroll around your blog to see what I have missed.

    I truly missed you darling
    Love & Hugs
    Duchess

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  42. Keep the Both Thumbs Up!
    lather cloths

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  43. I just love your arm chair! The print on it is beautiful and what a wonderful simple gorgeous idea! xx

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  44. I just absolutely love your armchair the print on it is divine. This is such a wonderful simple idea, well done! xx

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