I love the idea of making cushions, curtains, table runners, heck, even my own clothes.
As a child, one of my hobbies was cross stitching (I was a weird kid).
For a while, I was into hand-stitching pillows, and last year, my mom gave me a sewing machine for Christmas to help with my pillow obsession. I used it a grand total of two times before putting it in a storage container under my bed. The curtains I was attempting ended up a completely crooked mess. After that, I ended up resigning myself to liquid stitch, iron-on seem stuff, or my favorite standby, the staple gun (hey, I love power tools!)
Sometimes, though, that just won’t cut it. Last week, I pulled out the sewing machine, re-read the manual and got to work making a new cushion for one of my roadside finds.
I used some fabric that didn’t work out for another project but that would fit in my bedroom for practice. I have a really pretty coral fabric with white seahorses that I will eventually make for the cushion and move the chair into the living room.
The first attempt didn’t turn out well.
Frustrated with my lack of skills, I ripped the seems out to try again.
In the end, I decided that this was a pretty good try. I got better at sewing in a straight line, and those pesky corners were a pain. It took a few attempts to get the cushion tight enough but not too tight, but I ended up with a product I can live with. Next time, I may even try to line the top up with the middle part of the cushion.
It wasn’t a perfect process, but now I can say that I’ve made a cushion without cheating. That doesn’t mean I’ll be using the staple gun any less, though.