Decorative effects for box cushions
This type of cushion looks best with piping or cord added along the seams between the top, the base sections and the welt. This emphasizes the distinctive box shape of the cushion, but it can also be a decorative feature, particularly if it is made in a fabric contrasting with the main fabric.
The art of buttoning, although best left to the professional upholsterer, can give the surface of the cushion both texture and a rich, almost quilted look. Secured on either side of the cushion with a linking cord or strong thread pulled right through the cushion, pad and all, buttons or pompoms will cause the top of the cushion to undulate, like a bed mattress. Use fabric-covered buttons or, for a real sense of luxury, small pompons (little tufts of cotton, wool or silk) or small circles or squares of fabric.
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To brighten up a rather plain club armchair, choose four different coloured fabrics from the same family for example, a striped velvet in a peacock blue, a plain dark navy velvet, a deep scarlet and one in tangerine. With the main part of the chair upholstered in a combination of the different fabrics -you might have the tangerine on one arm and the red on the other with the navy blue between – make up the box cushion with each visible facet in a different colour.
Other ideas for box cushions
Long, thin box cushions, essentially with a narrow welt, make the top of a wooden box or bench a comfortable seat. Simply constructed wooden boxes with lids make excellent storage spaces and can double up as seats around an informal kitchen table. Box cushions can also be shaped to fit a window seat. Measure carefully and cut a template from newspaper to ensure that the cushion fits neatly, as sometimes, especially in old houses, the shape may not be symmetrical.
Making a box cushion cover
1 Cut out the top and bottom cover pieces and the five welt pieces. Insert the zip between the back welt pieces.
2 Stitch the welt strips together, leaving 1.5cm (Vain) open at each end of the front seams. Check the fit.
3 Stitch the welt to the bottom of the cover, clipping the welt seam allowance at the two back corners.
4 Open the zip. Stitch the welt to the top of the cover Trim the comers diagonally and turn right side out.
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