Finally, FINALLY, I have completed this project!
I first featured my progress on this embroidery back in October 2012, see post 'Out with one project...'
I am incredibly slow at finishing projects because I have so many on the go at once but I didn't anticipate it would take me into 2014 to finish it. I must have started it around end 2010!
I love this embroidery design by Emily Peacock and I am delighted with how the finished embroidery looks. Just the 'Hug' cushion to go now then...!
To construct the cushion cover I followed a really detailed two part tutorial by Nicole at Maven + Maison (http://www.mavenandmaison.com/.)
Here are the links:
I made a few little tweaks (in italics). Here is a brief outline of the process I followed:
|Steps 7 to 8|
1. Wash, dry and iron all fabrics and trimmings (including embroidery – cold water);
2. Apply lightweight iron on interfacing to wrong side of embroidery (it should measure design size + 1.5cm all around);
3. Trim finished embroidery leaving a border of 1.5cm all around;
4. Cut upholstery fabric to the same size;
5. Over lock edges;
6. Mark opening for zip which should be central;
7. Insert one side of zip on upholstery fabric;
8. Apply length of trim to the bottom edge of the embroidery and machine into position;
9. Insert the other side of the zip on top of the trimmed edge making sure the zip is aligned correctly;
10. Finish seams at either end of the zip;
11. Apply length of trim to the top edge of the embroidery and machine into position;
12. Pin and tack the three loose edges of the cover together and machine;
13. Cut diagonally close to stitching at corners and over lock;
14. Turn and insert cushion pad.
I would recommend following the tutorial at Maven + Maison if you are making any cushion cover with a trim; it's simple to follow, easily adaptable to your needs and has a professional finish with the concealed zip.
The cost of this project isn't for the faint hearted as you will see below; Having said that, I don't think it's worth scrimping and scraping on the upholstery fabric or the trim - the detail is what makes it! Take it from me that if you spread the cost over a few wage packs it is a little easier to stomach. And not forgetting this sells for a whopping £375 (http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/maisonami/product/kiss_tapestry_cushion).
|Kiss' tapestry kit, small||http://www.emilypeacock.com/||1 (bought with 'Hug' for discount)||50|
|27'' x 9'' feather cushion pad||http://www.thefeathercompany.com/||1||14|
|White Knightsbridge upholstery fabric||http://www.remnantkings.co.uk/||0.5m @ £12.90 per metre||6.45|
|White bobble fringe, large||http://www.deckchairstripes.com||1.75m @ sale price of £7.20 per metre (usually £9 per metre)||12.6|
|White YKK concealed zip, 22 inches||http://www.sewessential.co.uk||1||2.96|
|Thread and lightweight interfacing||Any haberdashery - already had|
It fits perfectly on my one seater!
Has anyone else made this embroidery into a cushion cover? I'd love to see some photos!