How to make a shell cushion

Bring some mermaid vibes to your sofa, with this jewel-coloured cushion made from plush velvet

Shell cushion

You will need:

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  • Shell template (see below)
  • Velvet fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Cotton thread
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Needle
  • Gold thread
  • Paper
  • Glue

Step 1

Print the half shell templates (below) onto two pieces of paper. Carefully cut out and stick together to form a whole shell shape template.

Step 2

Fold the velvet fabric in half with right sides together and pin the template in place. Cut out, then remove the template.

Step 3

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.

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Use a rubber-tipped pencil to gently smooth out the curved edges of the cushion before it’s filled. 

Step 4

Turn right side out and fill with polyester stuffing, making sure all the curved edges are filled. Neatly stitch up the opening.

Step 5

Hand sew the ridges of the shell on the front of the cushion with a needle and gold thread using backstitch.

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Craft by Suzie Attaway. Photo by Oliver Gordon.

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This is a digital version of a feature that originally appeared in HomeStyle’s April 2021 issue. For more inspirational home ideas, why not subscribe today?