Friday, March 25, 2011

Blingy Cushion

If there's one room in my house that is sadly in need of some sparkle and blingity bling it's my living room.  I've bought some fabric to make new curtains but thought I'd start with something a little smaller this week just to add that first spark.

I recently bought this cute Tee on the clearance rack at Winner's and decided to use it as my inspiration:

Here are the supplies that I used:
1) Measure your cushion and add a half inch to all of your measurements.  Cut out two pieces of fabric the same size. 

2) Create a template for the design you want to put on the front of your cushion.  I traced an outline of the butterfly from my top for my basic shape:

Check out how I made that cute pencil here .
3) Using a vanishing pen I lightly traced the image onto my cushion fabric:

4) I started with the outline image and hand sewed a single row of sequins on.  I used invisible thread so that the stitches wouldn't be very noticeable.  It's almost like a fishing line or beading thread.

If you have pets, this is a good time to let them outside.  The sparkle of sequins and the flash of invisible thread flying through the air might be too much temptation to bear for some of them:

Here's the outline of my shape:

5) Next I filled in the shape with more sequins.  I used different shapes and colours to add more texture and interest. 

I didn't try to copy the t-shirt butterfly.  It would've been too labour intensive.  Although this is a pretty easy project, it can become very time consuming.

6) Once you have your shape all filled in you just need to put your cushion together.  Simply place your fabric right sides together and pin on three sides, leaving one edge open to pop your cushion form in.  Sew together with a half inch seam allowance.

7) After it's sewn you can finish your edges with a zigzag or serger if you like.  Cut diagonally across all four corners so that they poke out when you turn it all right side out.

8) Turn your cover right side out and insert cushion form:

9) Pin your last unfinished edge and slip stitch or ladder stitch the opening closed.

And Tah Blingity Dah, you have a pretty cushion!

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Try different variations.  If you want to try a simple version just do straight lines and then you can zig zag it all on with a sewing machine.  Or create bubbles of different colours.  Check out the sequin shelf at your local fabric store and go for it!

I'll be posting at all the new linky parties on the linky tab so be sure to check them out for more fun ideas.

Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts.  What kind of shape will you use on your cushion? 


WobiSobi said...

Tamara !!!! Your ideas are wonderful.. I love this. such a great accent piece, my mind is reeling with Ideas..LOVE IT!

Teri said...

Very cute! What an awesome idea to use that tee for inspiration! :)

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

That is fabulous! I love the sequins.
(I also love your cat who tried to eat them!)

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

That is sew cute. I love how you showed how you transfered the design. Plus your kitty is way to cute too.
~ Kimberlee at The Spunky Diva 
{Check out how I made my name 'clickable'.}

Katherine said...

You did such a great job of recreating the butterfly! Love the sparkle- thanks for sharing!

Rose :: said...

Thank you for sharing it at our DIY CRAFT TUTORIAL PARTY last week. Really cute.

We've just opened another party and would love to see what you've made this week:

Thank you (in advance) for linking back to our blog, so we can all share in the fun.



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