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Folk Inspired Cushion

Folk Inspired Cushion

This season I have loved the Folk inspired trends coming through on the catwalks. Above are just a few of the many looks we've seen from magazines and Vogue runway. Top left Anna Sui from Vogue runway, Top right from fashion shoot in Harper's Bazaar, November issue, photographed by Erik Madigan Heck, designer Christopher Kane and Mulberry. Pictured bottom left from Vogue runway Fendi, and bottom right, from Fendi advertising campaign, a beautiful printed scarf published in most good fashion magazines.

Its great to get influence from the catwalks and its amazing how these looks filter into homeware. I decided to create this fun folk inspired cushion for Naomi, with my love of felt this was a great project, its like playing fuzzy felts from my childhood days.

Naomi loves this cushion its fun bright and cheerful, and believe me, its not too hard to create this look.

Felt is a brilliant material to work with as it does not fray, you can cut beautiful clean edges and can really make a design pop with the amazing selection of colours available. If you want to have a go you can easily move shapes around before ironing into place.

I created my design on paper then transferred to fabric using an iron on material called bonda web, its a paper backed product which you can draw your design on then perfectly, then cut out the shapes that you need.

Using this method means that your design will stay in place as you stitch. I like to stitch the design on my sewing machine and get a really neat finish. See I have added a simple pearl button for the birds eye.

I created my own piping to finish the edge of the cushion, and this really finished off the design beautifully.

Once the piping was in place I added a zip, you do this before sewing all sides of the cushion, once stitched you can turn it out the right way round and you have your finished cushion cover.

Ready to fill with a feather pillow. 

The beauty of folk inspired design is that it is very simple and fun to play around with, simple shapes and a choice of colours combined can make a lovely finished product.

And there you have it a great folk inspired cushion, this would make a great Christmas present.

I hope you feel inspired to get some folk inspiration, craft making, happening in your home.

Caroline x

A festive Pom Pom Garland

A festive Pom Pom Garland

Beautiful Textile Inspiration.

Beautiful Textile Inspiration.