A Piped Chair Cushion

I came across this tutorial back in July when it was shown on the Sew Mama Sew blog. I knew I wanted to try it, but it was one of those things that just ended up on my “tutorials to try someday” list.

Then last week I was checking out a few blogs and came across Terri at Terri’s Notebook – she had just completed a couple cushions from the same tutorial. I was reminded of my intention to do the same, and I decided to go ahead with it.

These are her completed cushions – cute, right?

I had some nice Joel Dewberry Ginseng fabric – home dec weight, which is what’s recommended for these cushions. I had half a yard of each of two of the patterns in the raspberry color and figured the combo would make a nice cushion.

And ta da!

I’m pleased to say that this was really a great tutorial. All the instructions and measurements were perfect and it all came together exactly as it was supposed to. And as an added bonus, I finally learned how to make my own piping! (and it’s really quite easy!) I’ve been telling everyone who’ll listen (and even a few people who clearly do not want to hear) just how it’s done. No one seems quite as excited as I am.

I almost skipped making the handles for the sides, but glad I didn’t. Who doesn’t want to be able to carry their cushion by a handle?! (I’m not sure when, if ever, I’ll need to carry it, but just in case…) They’re really quite cute, and a nice added detail.

I only have the one to show now – not enough fabric for two! – but it’s on order now, so soon our front porch chairs will have matching cushions.

Strangely enough, I just read of yet another person using this tutorial this week. Alissa from Handmade by Alissa says that she’s planning on using the same tutorial to make a larger cushion for a porch bench. Sounds quite nice, I’m looking forward to seeing it!

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5 Responses to A Piped Chair Cushion

  1. 1
    Alissa says:

    Love this! These fabric choices are so nice. So encouraging to see the tutorial come out so well… I’m thinking I might be smarter to make three smaller cushions that fit next to each other rather than one large one I’m thinking of making… I’m worried the large on might look a bit sloppy – haven’t quite figure it out yet! But I love these pillows and now I’m even more excited to get started!

  2. 2
    Terriaw says:

    Your cushion turned out fantastic! I love the fabric combination, and the colors really pop out on that brown chair. Great job on the construction too.

  3. 3
    Amy says:

    Those are awesome! You are very talented. And I love the fabric combo.

  4. 4
    Kate says:

    Ashley Dew, I am so impressed! You should quit your day job! I will have to place an order with ya so you can spruce up my apartment! By the way, when are you and Morgan coming to visit?

  5. 5
    Autum says:

    I’m so excited to have come across this tonight! I wrote the Sew Mama Sew tutorial, and it makes my little heart smile to hear such nice words from someone about my tutorial. I always hope everything comes across clearly and makes sense to those reading. I’m so happy to know it made sense and worked out for you!!
    Your cushions look better than mine.

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