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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