Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Twelve Days of Handmade Christmas - Day 1: Simple Envelope-Back Cushion

The first in our series of Twelve (non-consecutive) Days of Handmade Christmas from The Drapery. Handmade Christmas gifts are thoughtful, cost-effective and kind to the earth. And they're just as rewarding to give as they are to receive.

Simple Envelope-Back Cushion


  • 50cm cut of printed cotton or cotton/linen blend (we've used Umbrella Prints Hearts in Persimmon on Organic Cotton)
  • 50cm cut of Heavyweight Natural Linen
  • Matching cotton thread
  • 50cm square Innergreen cushion insert made from 100% recycled plastic water bottles

Cut 1 piece of your patterned fabric 50 x 50cm square for the cushion front.
Cut 2 pieces of linen 50 x 40cm for the envelope-style cushion back.

Sew a double-fold hem on one 50cm side of each piece of linen.

Lay your fabric out:
- Patterned fabric, right side up.
- First piece of linen on top, raw edges matching raw edges of patterned fabric, hem facing up.
- Second piece of linen in opposite direction, so the two hemmed edges overlap at centre.

Pin edges and sew with a 1.5cm seam all around. Trim edges with pinking shears and/or finish with a zigzag stitch to prevent unravelling. Clip the points off at corners about 5mm from stitching.

Turn cover in right way and press. Pop the insert in and you're done.

- Jane & Fiona xx

PS - you will have enough leftover fabric to make another cover!


  1. On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love made for me... love slightly biased! Excited to see your next 11!

  2. I admire your project of 12 days! I am up for the challenge and will follow along too! Sewing Room, here I come!


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