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Make a Sophie Conran button monogram cushion

Cream cushion with the letter M sewn in buttons by Sophie Conran

Sophie Conran says: 'Recently I’ve become a little bit cushion obsessed! I love them, especially the big squishy ones that you can sink into on the sofa or lounge around on in the garden at the end of the day. They’re great for adding colour, pattern or texture to beds, chairs and sofas. Car boot sales, fleamarkets and antiques stalls are good sources of inexpensive fabrics: look out for vintage silk scarves, linen grain sacks, or old curtains or shirts.

'There are all sorts of pads available (visit for a selection or for good quality, wool-filled pads). Some will hold their shape and always look tidy, but I prefer feather pads – though they do need lots of plumping. But whatever filling, shape, size or fabric you choose, making your own cushion covers is easy and very rewarding.'

Button monogram cushion

Use pretty buttons to embellish a plain cushion cover. Stitch in the shape of a letter or try a heart or other design – it’s a lovely idea for a home-crafted gift.

How it’s done
Iron your cushion cover so you have a completely flat surface to work on.

Use tailor’s chalk to draw your chosen design very lightly on the cushion cover.

Gather together all your buttons, a selection of different sizes looks best, and sew onto the cushion following the lines of your drawn-out letter or design.

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