I really love the Jan Constantine Union Jack Cushions – I’m not an ardent nationalist but I really love her designs and her use of colour. Except, I find them a bit pricey. For the equivalent sized cushion that I made, it would set you back £73/$116
Not having any idea as to how to make it, I went off to my current favourite haberdashery shop. It’s a treasure trove of amazing things as well as being my closest and most convenient shop. I had planned how I might make the cushion and what colours I wanted to use, so it would fit in with my living room scheme.
I bought two 60 cm x 60cm cushion inserts, coordinating invisible zips, silk threads and raw silk. The raw silk made the cushion a bit more expensive than anticipated but I am still getting used to getting the right quantity of fabric and deciding which is best.
Making slip covers for the cushions from Calico, in order to give the cushion a bit more durability
Cutting out all the pieces and hemming the fraying silk (Any excuse to use my brand new overlocker!!)
Sewing the pieces together, making a cover and complete with an invisible zip
And the final piece de resistance – adding my own ‘Handmade by Freya’ label….
I have completed one cushion so far and am really chuffed with it. I was going to do the second cushion in exactly the same design but I am now thinking I should do something different. I haven’t decided yet therefore have not finished the other one.