A cute little button tree cushion - a lovely way to recover your old neglected cushions, simple and easy to do took me around 2 hours tops in total and most of that was sewing in the buttons....
You will need
- old cushion
- fabric for trunk, back panel and main cushion fabric.
- bonda-web (that iron on gluey stuff for fabrics with many names)
-Thread, sewing needles ect.
Step 1: Find a Tree Shape!
So I googled basic tree outlines, and found a style I liked and altered it slightly so that the branches weren't so spindly.
Then cut out your new template and pin to your the trunk fabric.
Cut around your template and once complete unpin your template and tadah you have your tree trunk :)
Step 2: Iron Your Tree!!
Use the bonda-web to attach you trunk to your back/central panel, my panel was 3" on each side smaller then the cushion size.
To use the bonda-web (I forgot to take pictures sorry)
Place your tree face down and lay bonda-web gluey/textured side down onto it. Iron for not very long to fuse it to the fabric.
Peal away the paper and turn your trunk over.
Place this onto you panel and position where you want it, cover with a tea towel and iron again for a few seconds to fuse the tree to the panel,
Some parts may take more ironing then others
You can stich the trunk on for extra security, I didn't only as I was to distracted and wanted to get on with the buttons. Didn't realise till I was half way threw them..
Step 3: BUTTONS!!!
Lay out your buttons as you desire and play around with the layout untill your happy.
I then removed the and placed them onto the template so I didn't forget where they went.
And sew them into your tree, you can just use a high tack glue to put them on, but I though sewing them would be more secure... If in doubt do both!!
Step 4: Cushion Cover Pieces
I used this video as a guide for how to make the basic cushion cover shape.
Pin the tree to the frount tucking the edges under.
I sandwiched a layer of felt between the panel and main piece just to make it a bit sturdier.
Before sewing the cover pieced together pitch the panel onto the front piece.
I used a very close together zig zag stich, which I tested on felt fist so I was happy with the closeness of the stitches.
I've included a picture of how my machine was set up the left dial being stitch width and the right dial stich length.
Go all the way around :)
You could just use a top stich for this if you wanted.
Step 5: Cushion Cover
Sew it together the same way as shown in the video, tree facing up with the back pieces over lapping facing down, Also i used a 6" overlap instead of the 4" recomended in the video. And a bigger seam allowance as well adding an inch onto each side
Turn your cover in the correct way and tadah you have a cute little button tree cover for your cushion =)
you can also see here (in the very out of focus picture) the extra overlap that I added onto my cover i find that doing the smaller overlap eventually opens up a bit over time revealing the insides!
Now insert your cushion into its new cover and your all done =)
Can also check out my blog post about my little tree at: http://emmascraftingadventures.blogspot.co.uk/