Friday, January 28, 2011

Making Miniature Cushions

This is a fun and easy project to try out. Don't worry, the patterns are easy to follow. For any chair, bed or couch in your dollhouse there must be a cushion. This is the simplest method of making one.

2 small squares of needlepoint canvas
Various colours of embroidery cotton
A needle
Sewing scissors
Plain sewing cotton matching the colour of the canvas
Cushion stuffing


Foxgloves                                                                                                              Finished product

Rambling Rose                                                                            Finished Product     

Both of these patterns show you how many squares across your material should be and what colours to use. On one of your squares stitch your chosen pattern. To stitch one square simply put your needle through a hole in the fabric then, on a diagonal, put it through a hole on the other side of that square. The result is either / or \. Then go back and do the same thing only in the opposite direction. The result is X. That is one stitch. Follow the colour chart and pattern to find out how many stitches to do and in what colour and in what place on the fabric.

Once you have completed the pattern it's time to sew the cushion. Turn the pattern over so the back side if facing you then place the other square of material over the front your design. Carefully stitch around the edges of the squares, sewing them together. Remember to only sew 3 edges. Leave the bottom edge open.

Turn the cushion inside out so the pattern is on the outside. Fill the cushion with the stuffing but be careful not to over fill it! You should be able to close the edge at the bottom. Tuck the bottom edges of the material inside to cushion then carefully sew the edge up. Use as small stitches as possible for this part. The cushion is now finished. If you want you could add a trim or tassels in the corners, it's up to you :)