How to Make a Personalised Cushion

by Karen Larard

This cushion is for one of my friends. She loves shabby chic and this is my attempt to shabby something chic.


  • 1 Cushion
  • Cotton fabric
  • Felt
  • Iron on initials.
  • Sowing machine.
  • Iron
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    My materials.

    Step 2

    Measure your cushion and sew up a pillowcase (see my guide on how to do that) On this I used press studs. I sewed them on by hand.

    Step 3

    You can sew over your pins providing you sew across them, the needle will just glide off the pins.

    Step 4

    I used pair of compasses to make two semicircles. If you don't have any use a plate.

    Step 5

    I made a template of a leaf and trace it on to the felt.

    Step 6

    I sewed on the felt leafs two at a time following the semicircle. I used a transparent press foot so I could see where I was going.

    Step 7

    I wanted a clean ending on the garland, so I cut the thread long and using a needle I pulled it on to the backside.

    Step 8

    I tied the two ends together with a knot.

    Step 9

    I'm not skilled enough to sew initials on my machine so luckily I found this iron ones

    Step 10

    The finished result. The wrap around piece can't be washed because of the felt, that is why I left it loose. This seasons first Christmas gift done.