Romantic Farmhouse Cushions

I am not a television watcher, I watch more movies through my closed eyelids then anything. The only way I can stay awake is to keep my hands busy doing something, or eating.  Lately I have been crocheting the repetition makes me unwind.

If you don’t crochet you can make your own cushions using any kind of vintage linens you like. Vintage linens are so feminine, I love that they have history.  Who knows what love and care they were made with. I scour estate sales, garage sales, flea markets, and antique stores for inexpensive linens.  I make cushions using the vintage linens and finish them with ribbons, buttons, home made shabby chic flowers and sometimes crocheted borders.

My grandmother made gorgeous large handmade crocheted table cloths.  I have one from my mother that I use on special occasions.  I started to make one myself but it became obvious I was never going to finish it.  Instead I used the crochet squares in these cushions.

Three Crochet Cushions

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Here is the basic tutorial and some examples for you.  I hope they inspire you to go find some vintage linens or antique ivory buttons.

As I have mentioned before I am not a seamstress, but that doesn’t stop me.  I use a simple envelope design to make my cushions, no button holes or blind zippers required.  It also makes them very easy to change out for seasons or cleaning.

I make my cushions larger than the average purchased cushion.  To make a 20 by 20 inch cushion.  You will need a 20 by 20 inch pillow form and three pieces of material.

Cut the first piece 21″ by 21 “

And the other two pieces 21″ by 16″

Once cut, seal around the material edges to prevent unraveling.     I don’t have a serger (sigh) so I used zig zag stitching  instead.

To make the edges for the envelope back.  Place the 21 by 16 inch piece good side DOWN, on the ironing board.  Fold the material over one inch and then fold over again another inch.   Crease with an iron and then sew along the edge.  Repeat with the other piece.

DIY, Cushion, Sewing, FarmhousePlace  21 by 21 inch piece of material good side UP.

Place the first 21 by 16 ” piece good side DOWN on top of the 21 inch square piece. With the folded sewn edge towards the bottom.

Cover that with the other piece, folded sewn edge towards the top.  Pin well.

 

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Sew all seams. Turn right side out.  Decorate anyway you like.

I use this basic envelope patterns for lots of different farmhouse and shabby chic cushions.  I just decorate them with whatever I have.  Here are some of my other examples.

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Oblong Cushion with Shabby Muslin Flower, Three Ivory Buttons and Crochet Edge
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Muslin Cushions with Muslin Bow, Ribbon Weaved Crochet Edging and Purchased Vintage Doily

Romantic Cushion

I use the exact same process for all the cushions.  I am currently working on some new cushions for fall.

Hope you feel inspired.

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23 thoughts on “Romantic Farmhouse Cushions

    1. Thank you for your generous comment. I am confident in the quality of what I make, but not so much in my blogging presentation. I really appreciate you taking the time to respond.

      Leanna

    1. Hi, thank you for commenting. I am really glad I found the real crafty link up party this was my first post.

        1. Thank you Teresa. I am a new blogger and thrilled to be featured on The Really Craft Link Party.
          You just made my day.

          Leanna

    1. I thought I would be able to use the white on a guest room. They won’t receive the typical toss in the corner nightly ritual the ones on our bed typically get. Thank you for commenting.

      Leanna

    1. I like to reuse vintage items whenever I can. I have an affinity for old feminine items especially.

      Thank you for the comment. Leanna

    1. Hi Melony

      One of these days I am going to have to learn how to do a blind zipper. Today is not the day. hehe.

      Thank you for commenting.

      Leanna

  1. Your pillows are so beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial for those of us who just can’t get the hang of crocheting…my mother used to do the same thing. As she is nearly 90 now, she only crochets for purpose rather than relaxation but she just made her great grandson a lovely sweater, booties, another sweater in another size and a baby blanket!

    1. Isn’t that a lovely keepsake from great grandmother. A family keep sake for sure.

      Thank you for posting. Leanna

  2. Leanna, these pillows are just divine! I love how you have used all of the beautiful embellishments along with the vintage linen!! Great tutorial!!

    Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous pillows over at Waste Not Wednesday! 🙂

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