With just a little bit of creative vision, you can make beautiful soft furnishings with vintage fabric. Even small swatches of material offer a fashionable touch to a living room sofa when sewn together to make decorative cushions. It is easy to create unique pieces with vintage fabric, filling, haberdashery, and basic tools.
Haberdashery and Filling for a Vintage Fabric Cushion
If the vintage fabric is very delicate, use it only for decorative pillows rather than seating cushions that experience heavy use. Gather some haberdashery items, including sewing thread that matches the material, and a filling, such as a square cushion pad. If you have some sewing experience, use a round cushion pad instead.
Tools for a Vintage Fabric Cushion
A sewing machine is not necessary when making a simple cushion, but it makes the process faster. However, if the fabric is delicate, then continue sewing by hand. Sharp fabric scissors enable you to cut clean lines in the material, and you should use a small pair of scissors for cutting thread. A set of pins holds the fabric in place before sewing.
Three Easy Steps for Making a Cushion with Vintage Fabric
To make a vintage cushion requires only three easy steps. For a standard 45-centimetre square cushion, first cut one 47 x 47 centimetre front piece, and two smaller rectangles for the back measuring 47 x 31 centimetres. Use different vintage fabrics for each piece for an eclectic look. Secondly, fold one long edge of each of the smaller rectangles by 1 centimetre. Fold the same edge under by 3 centimetres and sew the hem. Finally, with the outer sides facing each other, lay the two back pieces on the front piece, overlapping the backs until they fit evenly, pin the edges, and sew around the circumference. Simply turn the finished cushion cover the right side out and insert the cushion pad.
Finishing Touches for a Vintage Fabric Cushion
Vintage fabric cushions are often beautiful pieces because of the qualities of the material, but you can also enhance them by adding embellishments, such as ribbons, beads, bows, lace, vintage buttons, or sequins. The result is a gorgeous vintage cushion to adorn your bed or sofa.