How to Turn Vintage Needlework Into a Seat Cushion
Give grandma's old crewelwork new life as a retro seat cushion.
Vintage needlework is always such a treasure to find at a flea market or thrift store. Someone put so much time and skill into each one. Nobody says these pieces have to be hung on a wall, even if they are already framed. Try this fun idea to add a little texture and pattern to otherwise plain chair.
We made our crewelwork into a new cushion cover, but if you already have a cushion, consider sewing the crewel right onto one side of the cushion.
- crewel pictures
- sewing machine
- pillow inserts
- sewing pins
- fabric for the back of the cushion
Start by cutting the needlework out of its frame.
Use a readymade seat cushion that is the right size for your chair as your guide for making a sewing pattern. Trace the cushion onto large sheets of paper. If you don't already have a cushion, use paper and pencil to trace the seat of the chair.
Use a ruler to draw an extra half inch around the pattern. Cut the shape out of the paper and set it aside; this will be your guide for cutting the crewel and backing fabric.
Use the paper pattern as your guide to cut out a piece of needlework and its backing fabric. Pin good sides together so that the underside of the crewel and backing fabric are showing.
Use a sewing machine to stitch around the edges. Do not sew closed, leave a hole big enough for inserting the pillow form.
Turn the pillow cover right side out and insert the pillow form.
After putting the inserts inside, hand stitch the edges closed.
Enjoy your new one of a kind seat cushions. Remember that crewel is done with wool yarn so keep an eye out for moths!