My weekend DIY project was to enter the Hillarys Blinds Country Crafts competition. I decided to make a bolster cushion as cushions are such a cheap, easy way to update a room. Here is how to go about making an easy, “no zip” bolster cushion. You will need
- 1/2 metre fabric
- a bolster pad (I used one measuring 41cms long)
- ribbon for drawstring
Place the bolster pad on the material so that you can align the pattern (especially if the pattern is large and you want it to be placed centrally). Measure around the bolster and add 2 cms for the seam allowance.
Cut a square 43cms long by 43cms wide for the main cushion and 2 rectangles 7cms wide by 43cms long for the covering for both ends. (The diameter of the end circles are 15cms so you need the width to be about 1/2 the diameter.)
With the right sides of the fabric together , stitch the square along one seam to form a tube.
Take one narrow rectangle and fold each end to make a triangle and cut across the fold, so that the edge which will enclose the ribbon is shorter than the edge which will be attached to the bolster tube. This will ensure that the drawstring cover fits snugly over the end of the bolster without bunching.
Then make a “pocket” for the ribbon by placing the ribbon on the wrong side of the fabric and folding the fabric over to enclose the ribbon. Tack the fabric taking care not to stitch the ribbon by mistake. Once tacked you can machine the seam carefully and then tie a knot at each end of the ribbon to prevent it sliding out of the “pocket”. Repeat on the other side.
Tack and then machine the 2 rectangles onto either end of the tube.
Finally machine across the 7cms seam to make the ends form a tube too.
Push the bolster through the tube, draw the ribbon tight at each end and tie in a bow. And thats the cushion finished.