DIY Spring Couch Cushions
Two Very Different Cushions for Spring Decor
Today I am sharing two very different cushions, one is appliqued and the other is embroidered. The DIY cushion covers are sewn by the same method. Both will bring the feel of Spring to your home.
Appliqued Bunny Couch Cushion
You can purchase an oblong shaped plain fabric cushion or make your own cushion cover. If you want to make your own cushion cover here is my tutorial. It is a very simple tutorial with no pattern, zippers or buttons. I make all my couch cushions by this method including the plain blush pink toss cushion in the picture below.
Adding the Applique
Use the Bunny Cushion Template and cotton material of your choice. I used coordinating material from kitchen towels I had just made. You don’t need much material, the fabric quarters at Walmart, Joann’s or Fabricland (in Canada) is more than enough. Instead of buying, I suggest you look through some old baby clothes, blouses or fabric scraps for a little piece of pretty material.
You will need a small piece of wonder-under interfacing.
Layer the interfacing and the fabric, cover with the template and cut out.
Remove the paper from the interfacing.
Realign just the interfacing and the material rabbit shape.
Place on the cushion cover, interface down and iron into place.
Optional. Add an applique stitch or zig zag stitch around the outside edge.
Repeat for the other rabbit.
Floral Couch Cushion for Spring
If you prefer you can purchase a premade cushion cover for this project. I made my own very simple envelope cushion cover, you can find the tutorial here.
Crochet 8 small flowers in crochet cotton with a size 5 hook.
With pink crochet cotton.
Make a magic circle.
Round 1 – Crochet 15 sc in the circle.
Round 2 – With a slip stitch change to a white thread, 1 sc in each stitch around.
Round 3 – Sl st in the first stitch, ch 2, in the next stitch start your petal *sc, 2hdc, 1dc, 2hdc, sc,* ch 2 skip 1 stitch sc in the next stitch, repeat. You will have six petals. Tie off.
Once you have the flowers ready. Stitch them to the bottom half of your cushion cover in various places.
Stitching the Stems
Using green crochet cotton thread a needle and tie a knot at the end. This will give you double thread thickness.
Create the stems using a super easy split stitch.
Make a small stitch about ¼ inch long. Bring your needle up through the center of the stitch you just made, come up from the underside of the fabric between the two threads. Come down again like you did with your first stitch, and repeat.
It really is super easy, I found a good video from Sorchas art if you need more direction on the split stitch.
Occasionally as you go along place in a leaf using a single lazy daisy stitch.
I made this cushion in small steps over the course of a week. Sewing the cushion one day. Crocheting the flowers and attaching them another. Finally finishing with the stems. Doing it in little bits makes this cushion really easy to do and its rather special looking I think.
Please let me know if you make one. I would love to hear your feedback.
Your pillow came out so cute! I have tons of fabric that I could use to make a cute spring pillow. Thanks for sharing your tutorial on Merry Monday.
Thank you o much for sharing the details of how you created these amazing pillows. I love the delicate detail work! Gorgeous! Pinned.
These are both beautiful, I leant to crochet especially to be able to make flowers (though of course I got hooked and do more than just flowers now!) I love how you’ve used them here.
I taught myself to crochet when expecting my first child. We couldn’t afford the tv and long story I was in there on bed rest for 5 months. My ex would go to the craft store and a clerk would help him buy me a pattern with a tutorial.
I had nothing but time, so by the time he was born. I could crochet quite well. Needless to say all his baby things were hand made lol.
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Leanna after seeing your pretty flower pillow, I am now kicking myself for having forgotten how to crochet. My mom taught me when I was a teen but that was a loooong time ago and she is no longer with me to refresh my memory. Beautiful pillow and so inspiring.
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You should try it Mary. I recommend starting with a larger wool so its easy to see. There are hundreds of videos on youtube showing how to crochet. Once you have the basics you can make all kinds of things and they are very inexpensive to do.
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I never would have guessed that you made those flowers!
Thank you. They are so easy to make and you can make them out of rags scraps.
Old pillowcases from the thrift store. I hope you give them a try. Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback.
Comments are just wonderful.
Your pillows are beautiful! I’ve been wanting to try appliqué and I think I’ll give it a try.
Hi Sarah: Applique is fun, easy to do and you can do pretty much any shape you like. It is much easier to do if place a iron on interfacing first prior to stitching. Then you don’t even have pins to worry about sewing over.
Enjoy you weekend. Leanna
Both of these DIY pillows are so pretty. I have never tried making some on my own, but definitely will now!
You can make them out of pretty much any type of material you like. If you are making them for the very first time I suggest hitting the clearance section. You will be shocked at some of the super different material that is in the section, but would be striking in a little cushion.
I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Have a great week. Leanna
They`re so cute Lenna!
Hi Cristina: I hadn’t done any embroidery for a long time as linens aren’t in style. I just decided to do a little bit on cushions and am glad I did. Thank you for the positive feedback.
So cute! I have a lot of pillows so I love changing them out with covers rather than buying a whole new pillow. The applique technique has always interested me. Do the edges ever unravel or do they stay in place?
Hi Rachel. Using the interfacing prevents the fraying. I usually add extra protection by zig zagging around the outside. I unfortunately do not have an applique stitch on my sewing machine. So far I have had no problems with fraying. I never applique without the interfacing though.
I love the little crochet flowers with the embroidered stems, I would’ve never thought of that. I’ve seen quite a few things lately with hand embroidery, I’m glad to see it around again.
Hi Trudy: Eventually I will get the finishing touches done on my craft room and show my stash. I have a container with needlepoint stuff, some of the patterns are 25 years old. When I am making something I just go around and think about what I could do. That is how I ended up doing the embroidery this time.
I love it as well and like you I am glad to see it is having a bit of a comeback.
Thank you Marcia: Guess you can tell blush pink is a favorite colour of mine, especially in the Spring.
how precious & perfect for spring
Thank you. When you make your own cushions its much easier to get exactly what your wanting.
I appreciate the comment. Leanna
So pretty Leanna!
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Thank you Michelle: The bunny cushions are so easy to do, but I think the crocheted floral cushion will be put in a guest bedroom for summer.
Have a great week lady.
Your cushions are so pretty! I love that you used a combination of crochet for the flowers and embroidery for the stems for one cushion cover. The crocheted flowers give it a nice textured look. And those bunnies are simply adorable. I’ve pinned your posted for future reference.
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Thank you. I am really glad to hear that. I dabble in all kinds of different crafts and its fun to put them together sometimes. I find that making my own cushions makes it easy to decorate, coordinate and have a cushion that is large enough to be comfortable.
Thanks for the feedback.
I’m with Debra on this one Leanna. I love your pillows, especially the flower one, if only I knew how to crochet. They’re both perfect for Spring
Hi Michelle: Crochet is really easy to learn. I have thought about doing a little book on it. Its really only a couple of different stitches repeated in a bunch of patterns.
If your do macrame its kind of similar, you work a square knot in many different ways.
Thanks for commenting lady, and congratulations on your Craft Blogger award for South Africa!!!
Thank you for providing the tutorial. Now if I could only crochet. I love the pillows with the flowers. But I can sew the bunny on something and he is so cute.
Hi Debra: Making the little bunny applique is a really simple project. I want to put a couple of them on tea towels as well. Or maybe make them smaller for napkins.
Thank you for your positive feedback, its very nice of you.