These seat cushions have been on my to-do list for months. We got a new table for the playroom/family room/sewing room around the beginning of the year and decided to buy the cheapest Ikea chairs – Ed would paint them and I’d make seat cushions.
As you know, when you sew even a little bit, it’s hard to buy things you know you could make. Sometimes this means you go months without seat cushions (or fill in the blank) because you’re too busy to make them and too stubborn to buy something you can make. But *sigh* I finally made them!
I knew I wanted to use the GeoCentric collection by Cloud9 even before the three new designs arrived because they are so bright and cheerful and, being cotton canvas, they’d be a bit harder wearing. I let Maddie choose from all of the designs and these are the ones she wanted. Each of us has “our” cushion – hers is the blue, mine is the teal and we decided Harvey would have the green and Ed the grey.
I bought the seat cushion pads on Amazon (truth be told I bought these months ago when I had the idea for the project and they’ve been sitting there nagging me ever since).
A couple of weeks ago I was in dire need of projects for this here blog and decided it was time so I surfed around for tutorials and found this one on Sew Mama Sew. The best thing about this tutorial is the technique for cutting bias strips. With a fat quarter’s worth of fabric, I ended up with more than six metres of piping trim. That’s crazy! It’s waaaay more than I needed so I might just pack up some kits for these cushions, piping trim included. Any interest?
But not everything about the tutorial worked out so well. The worst thing about this tutorial, in my opinion, is the method of zipper insertion. The instructions tell you to insert your zip using fusible tape. I didn’t have any handy so I grabbed some no-sew Heat n Bond. But it didn’t really stick. So I ended up sewing the zip in after the fact and it looks like total crap. Plus the adhesive gummed up my needles so it took forever. I’m not sure if actual fusible tape would have made this a breeze but I’m also really not sure why the tutorial didn’t advise sewing in the zip in the first place. Only time will tell how crazy it makes me that the back of my cushions look rubbish.
All in all I’m very happy with the result. Except for the imperfections (and those damn zips) it pretty much is what I envisaged and I love the fabric designs against the white of the chairs. And on most of the cushions the gussets are very straight (I’m looking at you Interlock in Sprout) and the piping is fairly neat and that makes me very pleased.
Just don’t look at the horror that is the inside of these. What are the chances we’ll actually unzip and wash these, thus necessitating a tidy interior? Hmmm.