The Retro Cushion – A Tutorial

by Jennifer Lauren on March 25, 2014 · 7 comments

in 1940s,1950s,1960s,Accessories,Buttons

I’ve always loved the round retro cushion, but I just couldn’t justify the expense of buying one – cushions are serious investments these days! So, I decided to make one and show you guys just how easy it is to make your own as well!

You can find the full tutorial on my blog.┬áThe bulk of the cushion is hand-sewn, so it does take longer to make than your traditional square cushion cover, but the results are simply gorgeous (the centre grid on this cushion took me about 2-3 hours to hand sew one evening). It also gives you a chance to practice your hand sewing and it’s really quite forgiving if you’re a bit rusty.

While the cushion itself looks complicated, I’ve hopefully made the process much easier to understand and once you get the hang of it, it’s a little like knitting with it’s repetitive stitches which makes it great t.v sewing.


If you do give one of these a go, please let me know!! I’d love to see them.




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EmeraldErin March 25, 2014 at 8:45 am

I love this!! I will have to check out your tutorial and give it a go!! I will make sure to send you a pic when I make one!


Jennifer Lauren March 25, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Oooh, please do Erin! I’d love to see it :)


Erika March 25, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Love this! Shared it on my facebook page:


Jennifer Lauren March 25, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Thanks so much Erika!! If you make one, I’d love to see it :)


Jet Set Sewing March 25, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Aw, reminds me of granny! My decor is a little too Art Deco for this, but if I get into more of a Jane Austen mode, I’ll give it a go.


WendyBee March 26, 2014 at 10:28 am

Love this, will try it eventually. I have always wondered how to do it. I usually can figure out things by studying them, but this one has me a bit stumped!


Frances March 28, 2014 at 9:51 am

Very cool! I think I may have to give this a try for the basement room we’re turning into a bar/den area. Throw pillows have been on the list, and I love the idea of texture interest.


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