These fun cushions will give your sofa some star quality
Making a celestial star cushion will immediately transform a dull and worn out sofa. Ditch boring square and circular designs in favour of these standout stars, all you need is some fabric and sewing skills. Plus, the piped edge elevates a simple star shape into a high-end lookalike.
If you love a themed cushion but don't fancy stars, why not make our cactus cushion or this button heart design?
For more of a challenge, turn your hand to our patchwork cushion tutorial. It's a great project to expand your sewing skills too.
To make a set of star cushions you will need:
- Plain and striped navy cotton fabric
- Cream cotton fabric
- 6mm thick piping cord
- Piping foot
- Sewing machine
- Matching thread
- Hand sewing needle
- Paper and pencil
For sewing supplies, check out John Lewis & Partners
Note: Place right sides together and use 1.5cm seam allowances throughout.
How to make the star cushion piping:
Create the piping by cutting 4cm-wide strips from the cream cotton. Join together at the short ends to make a length long enough to go around the edge of each star twice. Next place the piping cord inside the strip and sew together using the piping foot.
Cutting out the star cushion pieces:
1. Using our photo as a guide, draw or print out a star shape to your two chosen sizes and cut out. Place each template on the stripe and plain navy cotton fabric and cut out two star shapes from each. 2. For the contrasting edging, cut out 10cm-wide strips from the stripe and plain navy cotton. Then join the short ends together until you have enough to go all the way around the edge of your stars.
How to make a set of star cushions:
1. Pin together the raw edges of the star, piping and the contrasting edging. Then stitch together all the way around, leaving the seam where the contrasting edges meet unsewn. Repeat with the corresponding star on the other side of the contrasting edging. 2. Turn the stars right sides out and, through the gap in the edging, fill the cushions with the stuffing. 3. Pin together the seam of the contrasting edges and, with the matching thread and the hand-sewing needle, stitch the gap closed.
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Esme is Future's resident craft expert, working across titles such as GoodTo, Woman&Home, Woman’s Weekly, Woman, Woman’s Own, Chat, Now, Pick Me Up and The Craft Network. Successfully turning her sewing hobby into a career, she's adept in a number of crafts, including sewing, papercraft, calligraphy, embroidery and printing.
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