The period running up to Christmas is the busiest time of the year in the Denton Drapes workroom as we work hard to deliver beautiful new curtains to our lovely clients. However for a little light relief we decided to put together a Christmas cushion display. This guide shows how we went about it.
First we cut a pattern for the tree applique
We gathered together fabric for the cushion itself, for each element to be applied and some beads and bobbles for decoration.
All these shapes were bonded onto the base fabric with pieces of wonderweb to hold them in place before stitching began
We then took the front of the cushion to the machine. we used a decorative zig-zag stitch and a metallic gold thread making sure the stitches were close together.
Carefully we followed the outline of the Christmas tree, trunk, pot and star.
Once we had completed the outline of the applique it was time to decorate the rest of the tree.
We used a selection of beads, buttons and bobbles which we sewed on by hand randomly across the tree.
With the front panel finished we added the back and zip. A nice plump cushion pad finishes the job.
We always have crackers at Christmas so we thought a Cracker Cushion would be a good idea. We used a beautiful silver silk satin remnant with a contrasting striped velvet fabric to create the body of the cracker.
We measured around a bolster cushion to get the width of the satin and length of the cushion adding 30cms for the ends of the cracker
The striped centre panel is approximately one third of the full width of the silver fabric. This was then top-stitched onto the satin by machine. Putting right sides together we sewed a small seam along the length of the cracker to create a tube.
We did not allow any seam allowance on the circumference of the bolster so that when the seam is sewn the tube will fit snugly and give the cushion a plump appearance.
All we did then was to insert the bolster into the tube and tie an organza ribbon at each end to match the striped velvet.
And there we have our Christmas cracker!
We had a lot of fun that day playing with trimmings and fabrics
We even made a little cushion with a star
A few liitle touches and there’s our Christmas display
We’ve had a busy year at Denton Drapes and I haven’t posted as many blogs as I would have liked. I promise to make a New Year resolution to do better.
Until then on behalf of the whole Denton Drapes team I would like to wish each and every one of you a peaceful and happy Christmas season and a healthy and prosperous year in 2012