DIY Pompom Seat Cushion

After the success of our first sewalong we decided we’d like to try some new things here on the blog. So we present to you the first post in our new DIY series, Nice Things To Make, the Pompom Seat Cushion.

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This cushion is really easy to make, with no tricky fastenings or complicated bits to sew. It’s the perfect project for a beginner, and a really quick, fun and simple way to brighten up your home.

So let’s get started…

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For this project you will need:

– half a metre of fabric (or two fat quarters if you want to use different fabrics for front and back)
– bobbly pompom trim
– toy stuffing
– paper
– ribbon
– pencil
– tape measure
– scissors
– pins
– hand sewing needle
– thread
– sewing machine
– iron

First thing you’re going to do is create the pattern for your seat cushion. Measure your chair to work out how big you need to make the pattern. Measure your length of ribbon so that it is half the width you want your cushion, plus 1.5cm for seam allowance.

Hold the ribbon firmly on the paper with one hand, and holding both the other end of the ribbon taut as well as a pencil in the other hand, draw round in a circle. Then cut the circle out.

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Place the pattern you have just made onto your fabric and cut around it. Repeat this so you have two circles of fabric.

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One the right side of one of your fabric circles, pin your trim all the way round, with the pompoms facing inwards.

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Make sure the pompom tape is going to be caught in the seam allowance so that it doesn’t show on the outside of the cushion when it’s finished. Keep it within 1.5cm of the edge of the fabric. Cut off any excess trim.

Sew the trim to the fabric circle using a sewing machine. Go slowly because those pesky pompoms don’t like the machine foot and they will try and move out of the way, which could pull the tape out of the seam allowance.

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Now that the pompom trim is secure, place the other fabric circle on top of the one you have just sewn, with right sides together, so that the pompom trim is sandwiched in the middle of the pieces. Pin in place all the way round.

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Using a 1.5cm seam allowance, sew the front and back pieces together, leaving a 10cm gap so you can turn it the right way round.

Tip! Place double pins at both sides of the opening so that you know where to start – and more importantly, remember where to stop!

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Make sure you backstitch at the beginning and end of this line of stitching.

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Because the cushion is circular if we try and turn it the right way out now there will be a lot of tension on the seam and it won’t sit flat. So we need to clip into the seam allowance. Using small sharp scissors, snip into the seam allowance at regular intervals all around the cushion, except where you have left the gap. Make sure you don’t snip into the stitching!

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Turn the cushion the right way out through the opening.

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Using your iron, press the seam allowance at the gap to the inside of the cushion. This will make it easier to hand stitch closed later.

Now to the fun part: stuffing! Stuff your cushion until you’re happy with how it looks.

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Hand sew the gap closed using a slip stitch (sometimes called a ladder stitch).

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And voila! You’re done!

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Now go wild with your favourite fabrics and make a bunch more to liven up your home.


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