Add texture to any room with this trendy DIY Celtic knot cushion.
- 1m stretch fabric at least 90cm wide
- tape measure or ruler
- scissors or a rotary cutter
- cutting mat
- sewing machine
- ballpoint needle
- 2 bags stuffing (standard size fills one cushion)
- cardboard wrapping paper tube or any plastic tubing (we used 50mm PVC piping)
- long wooden stick or dowel
- matching thread
- 2 safety pins
- iron and ironing board
- Using a rotary cutter or scissors, cut six strips of fabric measuring 1m x 15cm.
- With right side facing, pin the short edges of the fabric strips together to form a 6m length of fabric.
- Sew the pinned sections using a 5mm seam allowance. Press seams open.
- With right side facing, and using a 5mm seam allowance, pin and then sew the entire length of the fabric strip together to form a long tube.
- Attach one of the safety pins to one end of the tube and feed it into the inside of the tube, pulling the entire length through. Your tube should now be right side out. Safety pin one end closed.
- Now slide the fabric tube over your cardboard or PVC tubing, gathering it up as much as possible until only the closed end (with the safety pin) is at the end of the tubing.
- Gradually feed stuffing into the tube, using the long wooden dowel every now and then to push/ compact the stuffing all the way through the tubing so that it pushes out of the other end of the PVC tubing and fills the fabric tubing, which will gradually slide off. Continue until the entire fabric tube is filled with stuffing.
- Close off the other end of the fabric tube to secure the stuffing while you form the knot.
- Use the following step-by-step diagrams to form the Celtic knot. Once complete, insert one end of the tube into the other, fold the raw edge over neatly and sew closed with a needle and cotton.
If you have extra filled tubing once your knot is formed simply remove the extra stuffing and trim the fabric tube.
Check that your stuffing is consistent as you go. Even out any over- or underfilled sections by rolling the tubing between your hands and working the stuffing evenly.
Magazine issue date: May, 2018