... you automatically think "that'll made a great cushion cover" right?
Ah, well, that's exactly what I did! My sister-in-law came over one day after cleaning out her house, and with her she brought along this old cardigan and an almost matching jumper. She knew I would find some creative use for them, seeing they were really not the style of clothing that either of us would wear (in public anyway!) I instantly thought that the cardigan would make a gorgeous cuddly cushion cover.
|daggy old cardigan|
I'm the kind of person that has brilliant ideas, but has no idea how to actually make them come to fruition. I search for ideas, and I make sure that they have a detailed tutorial attached, complete with pattern pieces already drawn out and ready for me to duplicate! That's what I need to make projects happen. So in my head this pretty cushion cover looked great, but I had no idea how to get it from cardigan to cover without losing what precious brain matter I have functioning at the moment.
Along comes a dear friend who has a remarkable knack for all things pretty and creative (said friend can look at a cushion cover to see how the zip was put in, and then just turn around and duplicate it on her own project *sigh with envy*) and she got me started on the road to completion.
Here's how it went (this is kind of like a tutorial, incase you're like me and you really want to make one for yourself!)...
- I wanted to keep the look and feel of it being a cardigan, so we decided that the best idea would be to hand stitch (blind stitch) along the bottom hem, to keep the original hem in tact. Stitch a small section behind the bottom button, closing it off yet allowing the remaining buttons to act as the cushion closure.
- Cut the top half of the cardigan off at the underarms, turn inside out and trim the side seams.
- Whilst inside out, sew along the top seam. Remember that the buttons are there to allow the cushion to be inserted, so now is a good time to undo a couple of the buttons in the middle for access later.
- Next, sew along the side seams. I used the "knit" stitch on my machine, and sewed each seam twice to give extra strength and stability.
- Turn the right way out through the buttons. Now it's ready for an insert...
- This was an XL sized cardigan, and once cut down and re-sewn it measured at 15" square. I took an old cushion insert that was 24" square and looking pretty flat. I opened a seam on the insert, emptied the stuffing out, cut it down to 16", re sewed the seams and re-stuffed it with the original stuffing, making it nice and plump once again and just the right size for my new cover.
You know you're on to a good thing when it's being used already!
I really love projects like this, just using up things you already have. I think it's called re-purposing? So total cost for this project was $0. All up it took about 30 minutes, and maybe 2 cups of tea. And seeing that it's already being utilised is an added bonus.
Now... what can I make with the matching daggy jumper???