How to make a shell cushion
Bring some mermaid vibes to your sofa, with this jewel-coloured cushion made from plush velvet
You will need:
- Shell template (see below)
- Velvet fabric
- Sewing machine
- Cotton thread
- Polyester stuffing
- Gold thread
Print the half shell templates (below) onto two pieces of paper. Carefully cut out and stick together to form a whole shell shape template.
Fold the velvet fabric in half with right sides together and pin the template in place. Cut out, then remove the template.
Pin the pieces right sides together again, and sew all the way round the edges leaving a small opening at the bottom of the shell.
Top tipUse a rubber-tipped pencil to gently smooth out the curved edges of the cushion before it’s filled.
Turn right side out and fill with polyester stuffing, making sure all the curved edges are filled. Neatly stitch up the opening.
Hand sew the ridges of the shell on the front of the cushion with a needle and gold thread using backstitch.
Craft by Suzie Attaway. Photo by Oliver Gordon.
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