My grandmother didn’t know the meaning of the word ‘waste’ – what has changed?

They call our youngest generation, the ‘throw away’ generation, as everything is so easily (and often cheaply) replaceable. Yet however convenient this way of life may be, there is a certain charm – not forgetting a warm sense of pride – that only arises when we design and make our own home comforts. Luckily, even making the most eloquent of Roman blinds is not as difficult as we might think, given  some space,  time and a set of fool-proof instructions. Perhaps you have never picked up a sewing kit in your life, or maybe you have- but it found itself swiftly returned, sitting idle at the back of the kitchen drawer… Either way, do not be disheartened – even the most cutting edge interior accessories can be made simply, for little cost, at the kitchen table.

Design & Make offers just this – traditional and contemporary, interior design how-to’s for every ability. Beautiful home furnishings made simple.

The Torn Patch Cushion is a good place to begin. It’s free, and probably one of the easiest to make in the collection. So, it’s definitely the perfect starting point for those with little experience, and no less fun for those who want to try their hand at something a bit different. If, like me, you have an accumulation of offcuts, sporting all colours and textures, this is the best way to bring it all back to life, brightening the dullest of rooms or snazzing up the plainest of sofas. Over time, torn patch cushions have featured in many of our rooms; these looked brilliant in a spacious living room, with large, bright sofas and walls. Although this may sound a little much, it looked fantastic, and set off the modern artwork.

The great thing about this project is that you can be as bold as you like – patchwork does permit artistic licence. Don’t be put off by bright, contrasting colours. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Really embrace whatever you have to hand without getting bogged down with the nitty gritty of designing it. Often the most unlikely combination of bits and bobs turns out to be the most chic.  As you can see here, I have put a whole range of fantastic colours and textures together – velvet, silk turquoise, crystal and cotton. You just need to work with what you’ve got, which probably means that you will never make the same cushion twice, nor find anyone else with one like it – they are wonderfully unique.

Have fun !


To download the project from the store at our special  Cutting Room Floor rate, click here.


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