I've spent a lovely day today filming with Stuart Hillard from the Sewing Bee... what a lovely guy! Loads of fun and a knowledgeable quilter, but he asked for my autograph for his sisters! Can't wait to work with him again, I think we'll both be at the festival of quilts in September....
I've been asked for these instructions on You Tube so many times, I hope these are helpful, my e book with instructions and video should be out late summer so please bear with me for more instructions. And welcome to my new Stateside and Algerian viewers!
This is the first
smocked cushion cover I made and had so many compliments! It looks really
complicated but isn’t actually all that difficult… 1.Measure your cushion pad all the way around
the circumference, mine measures 44”, then across the top from seam to seam,
mine is 16”. I’ve worked out through trial and error that the size of fabric
needed is 24” x 56”. 2.Measure a 6” border down each of the long
sides of your fabric, and mark out the centre 12” with your grid, on the
reverse of the material. If your cushion pad is larger, make the 6” border
wider and the length a bit longer, but keep the central 12” grid the same. 3.Transfer the matrix pattern to the grid.
4.Stitch the two points of each diagonal
together and knot, no need to snip off the thread in between each stitch.
5.When the panel is completed, sew the two
short ends together, right sides facing, so you now have a tube. It’s really
difficult to make the seam invisible, but it won’t be noticeable when the
cushion cover’s finished. 6.Turn the right side out, and slip the sleeve
over your cushion pad. I’ve put a pen mark in the centre of my pad to make sure
when I gather, the pleats fall into the middle.
7.Pinching the natural pleats that your
smocking has made, pull them all inwards. 8.Using really strong thread and a large
needle, join all these pleats together with a running stitch, leaving both ends
of the thread loose so that you can pull them both together and tie a tight
9.Push the ends of the thread through the
centre of the gather to neaten. 10.Do the
same on the other side of the cushion. 11.Take a
long need le and strong thread, push the needle straight through the centre of
the cushion and out the other side, return the needle and pull the ends
together and knot, this gives shape to the cushion pad. 12.Go back
through a couple of times, and in the process take the thread through a button
at each side which is large enough to cover the gathering.
You may prefer to
cover the gathers with ribbon or silk flowers instead of a button, but don’t
let your guests then sit on it!
The grid is on You Tube, link below, so please watch, pause and copy the grid!
I'm busy filming some more tutorials for Sew.co.uk, this time on zip insertion, dress, cushion, invisible and lapped, I'll upload them tomorrow when they're edited together. There seems to be so many schools of thought on how to insert a zip, so I'll be showing you my way, right or wrong! I'll let you know when they're there...
And this is where I film, the cushion on the right normally has Alfie on it but he's at my feet at the moment!