If you want to make your own cushion cover, you might want to consider going beyond the basic envelope pillow cover and create something a little more decorative by adding a tassel fringe. This no-zip cushion technique is simple learn – in fact, it’s a great beginner project for new sewers. But once you have your new fringed cushions out on display, no-one will know just how easy they really were to make.
To create this look, start with your choice of fabric from the Annie Sloan Linen Union fabric collection. Each Linen Union is a weave of yarns dyed to match two Chalk Paint® colours, one as the weft and one as the warp. This is the secret to creating an especially striking fringe effect. You will also need a cushion pad and sewing machine.
Step by step guide to making a fringed cushion cover
- Snip the edge of your chosen Linen Union fabric at 50cm / 19in and tear it.
- Repeat on a second piece of fabric so that you have two squares the same size with rough edges around all four sides.
- Place your two squares of fabric together so the right sides are facing out.
- Pin the fabric about 2.5cm / 1 inch down on three sides of the fabric and sew.
- Insert the cushion pad and pin along the remaining open side before sewing shut.
- Pull the threads around all four sides until you have nice tassel fringed edges.
Now you’ve learned how to make your own tassel fringed cushion, you’re ready to get sewing. If you’ve enjoyed this technique, perhaps you want to try adding fringing on other items, like napkins or curtains. You can also find more inspiration on cushion cover designs here.