Gather your supplies
- Scarf or tea towel (cushion front)
- Plain fabric (cushion back)
- Cushion insert
- Velcro stick-on dots
- General sewing supplies
- Trims and braids (optional)
Scarves tend to be worn for a while then left, forgotten, in a drawer. And as for souvenir tea towels, we buy them as a reminder of holiday spots but once at home tuck them away, reluctant to use them in the kitchen. If this sounds familiar, try this chic way of using the scarves and tea towels you’ve collected. Make clever cushion covers to set the scene for a sassy retro look and give your living room a change you’ll really love.
Cushion front: Adding a 1cm allowance all around, cut scarf or tea towel to suit your cushion insert. Stitch a 5mm double hem on 1 side.
Cushion back: Cut a piece of plain fabric the same size as the cushion front, plus 20cm extra at 1 end for a flap. Hem 1 short side of the flap then fold it 20cm back onto the fabric with wrong sides together.
With right sides together and raw edges even, pin cushion front to cushion back. Using a 1cm seam, stitch around 3 raw edges catching flap at the sides as you stitch. Evenly space Velcro dots on wrong sides of cushion front and back, close to opening.
Turn cushion cover right side out, fill with insert then tuck flap inside the cover and over the cushion insert.
Cushion front and back: Adding a 1cm seam allowance all around, cut scarf or tea towel to suit cushion insert. Repeat for cushion back.
Working on right side of cushion front, pin then stitch lengths of trim on 2 opposite sides (or as desired). With right sides together, stitch cushion front to cushion back leaving an opening on 1 side for turning. Or, pin the trim around right side of cushion front (with cushion edges and trim even). With right sides together and sandwiching trim, stitch cushion front to cushion back, leaving an opening on 1 side for turning.
Turn cushion cover right side out, fill with cushion insert and slip-stitch the opening closed.