Introduction: Copper Cushion

About: About the Owner: Following a career in broadcasting with ABC Radio and event management, Nicole developed an interest in the hand-made when at home with her children. She discovered the pleasure of making so…

You can make this copper-finish rustic cushion cover from easy to find materials.

I discovered this jute webbing tape while wandering around Bunnings a while back (Australian big box hardware). It’s used for tying up plants in the garden. I thought it would make something interesting if you used it for weaving. Then I discovered the idea had already been done very nicely by stylist Tara Dennis as a table runner, so I featured it in our newsletter. To take the idea a step further, I tested out some copper fabric paint left over from the Cotton Muslin Scarf Kit. The results are quite appealing. It’s perfect for the beginner crafter because you really don’t need any special talent. The woven panel is attached to a basic cushion bought from a haberdashery store (Lincraft, Australia).

Step 1:


- Cushion cover (this is a cheap one from a discount store in faux black chamois). - Setacolour (brand) fabric paint. 45 ml in Light Copper (#47). - Fabric glue - Paint brush - Jute webbing plant ties (this is from Bunnings hardware). 50 mm wide. - Double-sided tape (not shown) - Needle and thread (not shown).

Step 2:

Measure webbing strips

Measure strips of webbing about 6-7cm longer than width of cushion. This is standard cushion width of 42 cm (16.5 inches).

Step 3: B.

Allow about 7 strips for horizontal, 7 strips for vertical.

Step 4: Paint Webbing Strips

Paint each strip. Paint will not be opaque, but will have jute texture and colour showing through. Allow to dry.

Step 5: A. Weave Webbing Strips

Arrange 7 strips in vertical rows. Take 1 strip and weave horizontally, allowing about 6-7cm of 'hem'.

Step 6: B.

Continue weaving, by taking next strip and weaving in opposite pattern (i.e. weave OVER vertical strip where the other is UNDER). This creates woven pattern.

Step 7: A. Attach Tape to Perimeter

Run strips of double-sided tape around perimeter of woven panel.

Step 8: B.

Step 9: Fold Over and Adhere Webbing

Fold over edges of webbing and iron in place. Use a thin cotton over the top of painted webbing strips to protect iron from paint. Using scissors, trim the edges of the webbing to neaten up.

Step 10: Add a Strip of Double-sided Tape.

Run the double-sided tape to the perimeter of the woven panel. This is on the outside of the folded over hem.

Step 11: Adhere to Cushion Cover

Place the cushion cover on top of the woven webbing panel to fit neatly. Remove paper backing from tape and adhere in position. Use fabric glue along the perimeter for re-inforcement.

Step 12: Sew Corners in Place

Using a needle and neutral coloured thread, it might be neccessary to sew a few stitches on the inside corners of the cushion cover onto the woven panel. Add more halfway down each side if that's required (because the panel is not adhering to the cushion cover).

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