I bought this 1950s barkcloth on my summer jaunt to the Isle of Wight. I’m pleased to have finally covered two cushions that had seen better days, even utilising scraps of fabric left over from this skirt.
I forced myself to make self fabric piping, even though I loathe and despise cutting bias strips. Don’t ask me why. Actually, do ask me why – I know exactly why! Cutting out endless one-inch strips of fabrics and sewing them together leaves me creatively dead. But a cushion cover looks a lot more finished with some piping, so I forced myself through that particular circle of hell.
I’m exaggerating, of course. Making these cushion covers whilst watching Strictly Come Dancing was pretty much my idea of weekend heaven. I didn’t have to think too hard about either activity and it was huge fun to leap from the sewing machine to scoop up Ella so that we could watch a charleston or a pasodoble together. I was safe in the knowledge that the distraction of Ben Cohen’s pectorals weren’t going to make me ruin a dress – I was only making cushion covers. (I don’t endorse objectification of the human body. Unless it’s Ben’s body.)
When attaching piping to a cushion cover, I baste it to the right side of one piece of the cover first. Make sure you place the ends on a long side – not on a corner of the cushion. If you also trim out the cord from the piping ends, you’ll create a nice smooth join without excess bulk. True confessions – I just use household string to make my piping. Yeah, wotcha gonna do about it? I so don’t care.
Have you been dancing around your sewing machine recently?