We have a very crafty friend called Sarah E. She makes all sorts of lovely things and has agreed to grace our humble blog with this amazing tutorial on how to make cushions from tea towels! Here it goes…
Tea towel Cushion Tutorial
A quick and easy tutorial for making two square, envelope style cushions from a supermarket pack of three teatowels!
Step 1. Find three coordinating tea towels (the pack I used was £5 from Sainsburys)
Step 2. Pick a tea towel for your first cushion and lay it out on a flat surface, pattern side facing down. Fold it back on itself to make a square (measure your square to check!)
Step 3. Take a second tea towel and lay it on top of your square with the pattern facing up. Overlap the two tea towels by about 3 or 4 inches and chop off the end of your tea towel that hangs off the edge of your square. This is what your cushion will look like when you’re finished.
Step 4. Fold the whole thing over turning it inside out as you go. I found the simplest way to do this is to hold on to the middle point where the two fabrics overlap, and then flip it over. The front and back patterns should now be facing each other and the reverse of the tea towels are facing out. Double check that it’s still square!
Step 5. Pin your square and sew round the edge (you don’t need to sew along the side that’s folded). Leave a wide enough hem to make sure you sew through all the layers of tea towels (my tea towels weren’t all quite the same size).
Step 6. Chop off the corners. This will mean you have nice pointy corners to your cushion. (make sure you don’t cut in to your line of stitching!)
Step 7. Turn your cover the right way out and stuff it with a cushion (a 45cm x 45cm insert worked perfectly for me).
If your cover seems really baggy then turn it inside out again and sew another row of stitches inside the ones you’ve already done. This will make the cover tighter.
Repeat with your remaining tea towel and voila! Two smart new, coordinating cushions.
Step 8. Smug.
Thank you so much Sarah!