Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Charm Square Bolster Cushion...

My friend Kathy, who does yoga with me, was having a birthday. I had actually planned this for last year's birthday but didn't get it done ( why isn't that a surprise?) So I decided to get it done for this year.

So to make one here's what I did...

Sew 20 charm squares together ( 4 x 5). This will vary depending on the size of the cushion you want to make, or you can cut them to size later. The insert I used was 51cm X 51cm which would be around 20 inches X 20 inches.


Sew into a tube and hem the ends...

I left a small opening in my seam so I could thread the ribbon through...


Now here's a hint..
I bought a square cushion insert because it was bigger than the bolster insert the shop had. All you have to do is leave it rolled up - But it does help to leave the plastic on at first to help you get the cover on. You can see it is a bit of a tight fit, which is good to make the cushion firm but this helps get the cover on more easily. It still is a bit tricky getting the plastic off but I cut it when I was half way in and pulled it out that way.



Tighten the ribbons at the end and tie up tight.


The end result - one bolster cushion.

In my case the next thing I did was hand it to Kathy as she walked in the door right at the moment of completion, so I couldn't hide it. I suppose you could say it saved me wrapping it.
She took it to yoga the next week and I may have orders - arrgh...


Note : this method really doesn't allow for regular removing and washing as the seams are not ended off inside and I tied the ribbon with knots first. It could be made to do so though with a bit more lining and preparation.



5 comments:

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Lynda now that is a great idea....I am sure your friend loved it...

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

What a great idea Lynda. Lovely present. I've tagged this one for later. I would love some for the lounge.

Connie W said...

A clever idea and a lovely gift :D

Tracey in CT said...

This is a great idea. Thanks especially for the tip about leaving the plastic on!

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