Cushions and More

I have always wanted lots of cushions in the living room. And I wanted the cushions made with invisible zippers. Now I have the Bernina invisible zipper foot and lots of cotton-linen medium weight prints. Hence no more procrastination!

In the past two weeks or so I made 13 cushions! And more are under construction!

That visible line of zigzag stitches BUGGGGGs me!

This is the first pair of cushions made. The fabric is Rifle Paper Co.'s “Les Fleurs” collection in Rosa from Cotton and Steel, a beautiful medium weight cotton-linen blend. I love its chic, Bohemian, unconventionally vintage floral look! It's more expensive than typical quilting cotton, so I purchased only a meter from our local fabric store, the "Workroom". I had just enough fabric to make two 18" cushions! At that time I was still learning and experimenting with invisible zipper installation. To make the zipper stop spot stronger, I zigzagged each end but displeased with the "visible" outcome.

Improve my technique...

Now it's much better!

On my next pair of cushion construction, the technique was improved that the zigzag stitches were only sewn on the zipper itself -- a much better result!

Matching table runner

Also purchased from the Workroom, this print by Lecien is from a Yoko Seito collection called “Etoffe Imprevue”. Again I had just a meter of fabrics. With careful cutting, and using a solid color linen fabric for the backs, I was able to make two 20" cushions and a short table runner. 

After four cushions, my love for cushion making exploded, so I went to IKEA and Chapters-Indigo to purchase 12 more pillow inserts!!! Looks what I have accomplished! The little 16" cushion is for my Eames shell chair, with fabric purchased from Nunoya in Barcelona this October. The yellow-linen cushion cover fabric is also from Nunoya. Both are by Echino (Etsuko Furuya the “Hill” print and the “ni-co Sign” print, respectively). The two light blue, 20" cushions covers are made with fabric from Suzuko Koseki the “Writers Series” collection by Yuwa.

Some of the prints are light-to-medium weight, which I interfaced with either cotton flannel or cotton twill. All raw edges are overlocked.  Since these are more expensive fabrics, for the back side, I used mostly cotton duck canvas from IKEA. 

The last four cushions are for my parent's house:

Dwell Studio the Vintage Blossom Sluc print in Citrine, 20" cushions

Liberty home-dec weight cotton sateen, purchased in Swany, Japan last year, 18" cushions

And finally, an apron for MIL. I love this print purchased in Nippori fabric town in Tokyo. I had just enough fabric for one apron. It's been washed several times but still holds up its shape pretty well. Definitively better quality than what I can find here in Fabricland.