One of my most recent projects has been to make a cover for a rather large sofa back-rest cushion for the lovely Erica.
Here it is before…
|Picture courtesy of Annie at The Village Haberdashery where you can buy this gorgeous material as well as others from the collection.|
One of Erica’s requests was that it should be easy to wash so I pre washed the fabric before starting to eliminate any initial shrinkage. It washed really nicely in the machine on a cool delicate setting. Best to press whilst still damp to avoid any persistent creases tho (as with any canvas).
Continuous zip is exactly what it sounds like, a continuous piece of zipper tape that you buy per metre and cut to length then thread on the zip pull. Perfect for this project! I found threading on the zip pull a little fiddly at first but with a little help from you tube (!) it was actually quite easy.
During my zips research I also found a nifty new way to add the zip to the zipper panel! OnlineFabricStore.net have a great video tutorial on how to make a box cushion from scratch, including the padding. Their method of inserting the zip is fab as it ensures everything is nicely lined up and central. It also gives the equations for working out your measurements…bonus! Thanks OnlineFabricStore.net! Here is the link to their video… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw_40jnjZBE
Another great tutorial I found was from The Campervan Converts blog.
I love how there are always lots of different methods to choose from to achieve very similar results. As a sewist you never stop learning!
In terms of finishing the insides of the cover, for this project I overlocked all the raw edges before sewing anything together and double stitched all the seams to make it extra strong.
Erica also picked out some beautiful blue corduroy for some pillow covers to match. The fabric is Cloud 9 Floritopia in Pool designed by Elizabeth Owen. It is 100% organic cotton and has such a lovely feel. I made two envelope back covers trimmed with the Joie de Vivre. The two fabrics complement each other so so well. Excellent eye for colours Erica!
I really loved working on this project as I learned some new techniques and the finished piece turned out even better than expected. I hope Erica is enjoying the new additions to her living room!