DIY Tapestry Cushion

I love picking up old embroideries from charity shops, I can’t bear the thought that all the love and effort that went into stitching something might just get thrown away! This little beauty was in a horrible frame but I could see the potential! This tutorial is really simple, the pom pom trim is a little bit tricky to work with but persevere!

Equipment:

  • Basic haberdashery supplies

Materials:

  • 1 Tapestry any size
  • Similar sized piece of felt for backing
  • Jumbo Pom Pom Trim
  • Cushion stuffing

Step 1 & 2: Trim any excess fabric from around your tapestry, then pin your pom pom trim around the outside of edge of your piece. Lay the pom pom trim with the pom poms facing inwards.

Cotton Clara Tapestry Cushion DIY Craft Tutorial
Cotton Clara Tapestry Cushion DIY Craft Tutorial

Step 3: Now pin, right sides together, your felt backing piece and your tapestry piece.

Step 4: Leaving a fist sized gap, to be able to push in your stuffing later, hand sew, using a running stitch, the whole way around the cushion, so that you join the two pieces and secure the pomp oms between both. You could machine sew, but I’ve tried it and because the pom-poms are so big, and you need to get very close to them to sew them, it’s tricky.

Step 5: Trim off your excess once you have completed your sewing.

Step 6 & 7: Turn your cushion the right way round and stuff with stuffing. You want to pack it as full as you can.

Cotton Clara Tapestry Cushion DIY Craft Tutorial
Cotton Clara Tapestry Cushion DIY Craft Tutorial

Step 8: Finally, pin the remaining edges of the cushion together and sew closed. 

Top Tips!

  • When choosing co-ordinating colours, if you want the cushion to look more classic, choose colours that match the tapestry design, picking out a couple of key colours, if you want the cushion to look more modern, choose clashing bright colours, maybe some neon?
     
  • It doesn’t matter what size tapestry you use, this is a very small one, only 20cm by 2ocm, but even these small ones make great decorative cushions. Or cushions for children’s rooms?

 

Don't forget to save this project to Pinterest for later!

Chloe Hardisty